We understand that people fight cancer best with a multidisciplinary approach. Dr. Iona has advanced training in cancer care through Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she studied Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture and Advances in Oncology Acupuncture: Clinical Research & Side Effect Management.
In addition to standard medical therapies, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine naturally support your innate ability to heal as you undergo treatment.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for many of the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, including nausea and fatigue. In addition, studies have shown that acupuncture can be used to stimulate pain relief, whether it Is a side effect of chemotherapy or post-surgical, and reduce stress, anxiety, and depression. Other studies have shown it can improve sleep, increase blood flow, and help reduce inflammation, which may also lead to pain-relieving effects.
Medical Studies on Acupuncture
According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, MRI studies show that acupuncture causes changes in the brain that reflect changes in the body. Neuroimaging studies have shown that certain acupoints for dry mouth correlate to saliva production. Studies in patients with peripheral neuropathy show that acupuncture improves nerve signaling.
The integration of acupuncture at major hospitals and cancer centers across the country, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston is spreading, as more and more randomized clinical trials are showing how effective acupuncture can be as a complementary treatment in cancer care. Current oncology guidelines recommend acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. A recent meta-analysis found that acupuncture was associated with a significant reduction in cancer pain and decreased use of pain killers. Improved physical well-being and overall quality of life have also been reported as regular results of acupuncture in cancer patients.
“have been a patient of Dr. Michelle Iona for almost 20 years. She has helped me thru physical injuries as well as emotional anxiety issues and most importantly my biggest challenge fighting Breast Cancer. Michelle not only practices her excellent knowledge of Chinese Medicine she also incorporates a healthy holistic way of life geared to each patient’s need. I cannot say enough about her practice and highly recommend her!”Ann C.
“She is amazing! I started seeing Dr. Iona shortly after I moved here in 2020 at the height of the pandemic and just after finishing chemotherapy treatments for ovarian cancer. She has helped me build my immune system and boosted my energy levels. We work on diet, supplements, digestive issues. We discuss stress levels, sleep issues, eastern and western medicine. Dr. Iona asks the tough question and truly listens for honest answers. I credit her with my staying healthy this year and my recovery from surgery and treatment. She is a major part of my ongoing health and wellness routine💜”Joan K.
“If I could give more than 5 stars I would! Dr Iona helped me get through one of the most difficult times in my life as I was battling cancer and was dealing with a lot of side effects, from nausea to a weakened immune system. She is incredibly knowledgeable about acupuncture and the medicinal powers of chinese herbal medicine as well as other natural healing remedies. She always goes above and beyond to get to the bottom of my ailments, most recently with inflammatory issues. Thank you for always being so kind, for your positive energy, and dedication to my & my family’s well-being”Maribel C.