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Immunity, Inflammation, Cancer and Acupuncture

Immunity, Inflammation, and Cancer

Inflammation is often associated with the development and progression of cancer. The cells responsible for cancer-associated inflammation are genetically stable and thus are not subjected to rapid emergence of drug resistance; therefore, the targeting of inflammation represents an attractive strategy both for cancer prevention and for cancer therapy (Nitin Singh, et al. Ann Afr Med. 2019 Jul-Sep; 18(3): 121–126). Recent data have expanded the concept that inflammation is a critical component of tumour progression. Many cancers arise from sites of infection, chronic irritation and inflammation. It is now becoming clear that the tumour microenvironment, which is largely orchestrated by inflammatory cells, is an indispensable participant in the neoplastic process, fostering proliferation, survival and migration. In addition, tumour cells have co-opted some of the signalling molecules of the innate immune system, such as selectins, chemokines and their receptors for invasion, migration and metastasis. These insights are fostering new anti-inflammatory therapeutic approaches to cancer development (Lisa M. Coussens and Zena Werb. Inflammation and cancer. Nature. 2002 Dec 19; 420(6917): 860–867).

Integrative Oncology Acupuncture

Researches have documented the anti-inflammatory actions and mechanisms of acupuncture from acupoint to target organs via neuro-Immune regulation (Ningcen Li, et al. J Inflamm Res. 2021; 14: 7191–7224). Researchers discover neurons needed for acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory response ( Harvard Magazine has reported “Fine-tuning acupuncture to heal, not harm”(

Acupuncture may stimulate anticancer immunity via activation of natural killer cells (Michael Francis Johnston, Elizabeth Ortiz Sánchez, Nikola L. Vujanovic, Wenhui Li. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2011; 2011: 481625). This article presents the hypothesis that acupuncture enhances anticancer immune functions by stimulating natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells are white blood cells that destroy infected and diseased cells, like cancer cells.

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Compassionate Care

At Acupuncture Integrative Oncology Institute, we believe in treating the whole person, not just the disease. Our team of expert provides personalized care and support to ensure the best possible outcome for our patients.
We offer integrative oncology acupuncture treatment services. Our goal is to help our patients feel their best during and after treatment.
If you or a loved one is facing a cancer diagnosis, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation and consultation with our experienced specialist, before starting treatment.

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