Integrative Oncology is the combination of “mainstream” care and evidenced-based complimentary therapies to control cancer-related pain and symptoms [source: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center Integrative Medicine]. Holistic medicine, while not given the attention that allopathic cancer therapies receive, are perhaps equally important while undergoing treatment for certain types of cancer, including mesothelioma. Patients diagnosed with difficult to treat malignancies will often use holistic therapies in conjunction with conventional treatment options, which include surgery, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy, to form a more comprehensive and effective treatment regimen. Among the most effective supportive holistic therapies utilized by those diagnosed with cancer is Acupuncture.

Patients who undergo Acupuncture in conjunction with mainstream cancer therapies have experienced dramatic reductions in malaise, nausea, depression and pain. They experience increased energy and a restoration of mental – emotional wellbeing. Cancer patients who feel energized, are pain-free and have a balanced mental – emotional state are more likely to withstand conventional cancer treatment and have an increased survival rate.

Acupuncture fulfills the goal of providing supportive care to cancer patients by keeping the circulation of all the meridians in harmony. Japanese acupuncture techniques offered in the Acupuncture & Wellness Clinic of Jonathan Breslow offer gentle yet deep acting treatment results for the cancer patient.

Acupuncture is said to be so effective, in fact, that the World Health Organization [WHO] has recognized Acupuncture as a successful intervention for adverse reactions to radiation and chemotherapy. The National Institute of Health [NIH] also agreed that Acupuncture may relieve nausea and pain experienced by cancer sufferers, and the organization supports acupuncture clinical trials.