From Friday January 10th 2014, Mary will be working as an acupuncturist with Action Cancer in a six month pilot programme for people with, or recovering from, cancer who are experiencing poor health or side effects as a result of their diagnosis or treatment.
“I am really looking forward to starting up the acupuncture clinic at Action Cancer, Belfast. The charity already offers other complementary therapies and I know acupuncture will be a good addition to the range of therapies. Over the last few months, while setting up the project, I have got to know some of the staff and therapists and I am thrilled to be working with a bunch of very dedicated people.”
The evidence for using acupuncture to treat some of the major side effects of chemotherapy or radiation is compelling. Reducing the emotional and physical symptoms commonly experienced by people being treated for cancer can help improve their quality of life.
In the US, acupuncture has increasingly become integrated into mainstream cancer care. Most of the major cancer centres there have an integrated care component which includes acupuncture treatment as a supportive care modality. Hopefully, in the not-too-distant future this will also become a reality here in Northern Ireland.
For more information contact Mary Gribbin Lic.Ac, BSc.Pharm.
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