Can acupuncture move chemo?

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Question from Grazzinik: Is there any concern about the moving properties of acupuncture actually moving the chemo from the target area?
Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. I have no concerns about the moving properties of acupuncture. I feel that the acupuncture enhances the effects of the chemotherapy as it is treating the entire mind, body, and spirit of the person receiving it. The chemotherapy, on the other hand, is targeting the cancer that has grown in this physical being; and therefore, they can work in concert with one another.
Mary Ellen Scheckenbach The magnitude of the intervention of chemotherapy is so many times greater than the intervention of the acupuncture that there appears to be no evidence of a decrease in effect.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Acupuncture and Touch Therapies featured Mary-Ellen Scheckenbach, M.Ac., Tracy Walton, L.M.T., M.S., and moderator Beth Baughman Dupree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about acupuncture and touch therapies.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in March 2005.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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