Acupuncture

At St. Rocco’s Hospice we are proud to offer Acupuncture for both Out Patients and In Patients, as a very effective method of symptom relief, without the use of drugs.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body to achieve a stimulating or relaxing effect. Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of treatment and originates from China more than 3000 years ago. It has now been incorporated into Western medicine and has become more research-based.

What symptoms may Acupuncture help with?

Research has shown acupuncture to have a beneficial effect with the following conditions. many of which can be associated with the treatment of cancer and other life-limiting illnesses:

  • Chronic low back pain

  • Tension/migraine headaches

  • Osteoarthritis knee pain

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Chemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy

  • Cancer related fatigue (in conjunction with fatigue management advice)

  • Hot flushes (in both males and females

  • Insomnia

  • Stress and anxiety

Acupuncture treatments are administered by Sister Caroline Kay and physiotherapist Louise McCahery, both experienced members of the St. Rocco’s team, who see first-hand how effective the treatment can be.

Caroline said: "It’s brilliant for symptom control, reducing anxiety and promoting sleep, and one of the benefits is that there are no drugs involved – so it’s great for those already taking lots of medication.”

 “Having Acupuncture treatments at St. Rocco’s has made a real difference to my hot flushes and bone pain. I can move  a lot more freely after a treatment and because I can’t have HRT due to the cancer, it’s had a big effect on my hot flushes .

It’s a totally comfortable experience and Caroline is so understanding and professional – she always explains exactly what she is doing and why, and is a really great listener. “ Jill Whitmore, patient

 

How does Acupuncture work?

Our understanding of the mechanisms by which Acupuncture works is constantly being refined and updated in light of research. Western science has shown that acupuncture stimulates the nervous system to produce its own natural pain and stress relieving substances called endorphins and oxytocin. Acupuncture also stimulates nerve fibres carrying other sensations in order to block out the painful ones. The effects may be short term and whilst many patients benefit, it does not work for everyone. We do not recommend you discontinue with your conventional medicine.

 

When should Acupuncture not be used?

If you have any allergies to metal (specifically stainless steel)

If you have a phobia of needles

If you have an infection or poor skin condition in the area to be treated

If you have lymphoedema in the area to be treated


Acupuncture should be used with caution if you have a bleeding disorder or are taking anticoagulants, if you have a pacemaker or any other electrical implants, are pregnant or trying to conceive, if you are prone to fits or fainting and if you have any damaged heart valves or have any other particular risk of infection.

 

We are happy to discuss any queries and to provide evidence to support Acupuncture treatments.

We accept referrals for Acupuncture from healthcare professionals – please call us on 01925 575780