Timing of acupuncture around treatments?

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Question from Sally: When should patients have their acupuncture appointments while going through chemo and/or radiation? Should they have it just before the chemo/radiation, just after, or on the day of treatment?
Answers - Mary Ellen Scheckenbach I generally like to see patients one to days before chemotherapy, and as soon as one is well enough afterwards (after 10 days of chemo if it is, for example, a 3-week schedule).

This can vary from practitioner to practitioner. During radiation, weekly is usually fine. I would like to add that during radiation therapy, I will use a technique called Colorpuncture, which is non-laser light shone through crystals of different colors to treat radiation burns for redness.

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