Complaints: After the first chemotherapy for breast cancer,
she had intense nausea, fatigue, thrush in mouth, burning urination, anxiety,
and constipation. She wanted to try
acupuncture immediately after the second chemotherapy because the side effects
were debilitating. Her chemotherapy schedule was at every 3 weeks for a total
of 6 treatments.
Acupuncture: Left-side Yin horary points in Metal-Order of
LU11, KD2, LR3, HT4, and SP9.
Treatment process: The patient had 11 sessions so far in a
period of 12 weeks. There was no relief after the first treatment with Wood-Order
of LR1, HT8, SP3, LU8, and KD10. The patient had an immediate reduction of
multiple symptoms after the second acupuncture in Metal-Order. The continuation
of Metal-Order was dramatic in not only relieving symptoms, but there was also stabilization
of red and white blood cells count.
Discussion: With the reduction of side effects, acupuncture
helps patients to finish the recommended course of chemotherapy.