Energy Medicine

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Energy therapies are a group of CAM therapies that focus on influencing human energy fields and include such therapies as reiki, therapeutic touch, healing touch, magnet therapy and qi gong. Underlying many of these energy therapies is the belief that treatment is needed to either “balance” energy in the body or to relieve blockages of energy. Some energy therapies, such as therapeutic touch and healing touch, have a long tradition of being part of conventional health professions’ scope of practice (i.e., nursing) and have been offered within cancer care settings in recent years. Clinical trials of the effectiveness of energy therapies in cancer populations, however, are in the early stages and further research is needed. One exception in terms of the body of evidence supporting the effectiveness of a CAM energy therapy is Acupuncture, which has been found to be helpful in treating some symptoms associated with cancer treatment, including chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting. Although serious side effects of acupuncture are rare, cancer patients who are immunocompromised (i.e., immune system is impaired) due to conventional cancer treatments need to ensure extra care is taken and strict clean needle techniques are used during acupuncture treatments.

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