Acupuncture is an ancient medicinal practice that dates back more than 3,000 years. It is commonly administered throughout the world to treat and alleviate symptoms of a wide range of diseases and medical conditions. Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of very thin, sterilized needles into specific points of the body to promote the healing process by correcting the flow of your body’s circulation. The procedure is safe, painless, and has an extremely low risk of complications when performed by an experienced practitioner. Although acupuncture does not target tumors or prevent cancerous cells from spreading, it can provide significant benefits in cancer care.
At Moffitt Cancer Center, acupuncture is one of the services offered by our Integrative Medicine Service. As part of a comprehensive care plan, acupuncture can:
- Help reduce pain and anxiety
- Improve blood flow and stimulate the central nervous system
- Help alleviate certain side effects of treatment, such as chemotherapy-related nausea and vomiting
Acupuncture services are provided by Dr. Liem Quang Le, a licensed acupuncturist, who is an independent contractor of Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Le holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, where he graduated magna cum laude. He is a licensed acupuncturist (L.Ac.) in the state of California and Florida and is nationally certified as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Diplo. OM) by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He also maintains a private practice focusing on general health issues, internal medicine, cancer, male and female health and fertility, functional medicine, nutrition, orthopedics and sports medicine.
Services are available at the Magnolia campus on select days per month. All scheduling and payment for services is managed by the acupuncturist. Patients currently in treatment for cancer or other medical conditions, should check with their treating physician before starting acupuncture.