I can help you manage a comfortable, gentle, nutritious diet plan according to the principles of Chinese medicine. Part of your success in following your treatment plan with your oncology team is to maintain or gain weight. A nutrient dense, digestible calorie mix is achievable. We go over your favorite foods and tastes, finding a way to make food your medicine and ally toward completing your treatment.
Some supplementation is recommended, but only after careful review of your case and coordination with your oncologist. I also recommend nutritional IV therapy and work closely with an MD in the area who provides the treatments to help you recover the your best possible quality of life.
I have been an acupuncture client of Dr. Hackett since early 2014 and have always been delighted with the entire experience. Recently, though, I have a new appreciation for her talent, skill, knowledge and guidance. I experienced an unanticipated and frightening surgery … the pre-surgery anxiety this caused was a new emotion for me and I didn’t know how/wasn’t handling it well at all. I asked Dr. Hackett if she could help by using her “big acupuncture pins.” Well, the acupuncture needles were the usual size, but she specifically targeted those points that control anxiety. Additionally she counseled me on acupressure points I could use on myself, breathing techniques, meditation, and imagery. I left her office that day feeling I had regained the emotional control I felt had been compromised. On surgery day I was apprehensive (well, yeah!), but not paralyzed with fear. And I attribute this completely to Dr. Hackett’s treatment and assuaging direction. Great and meaningful care!”
Keeping up your strength and body weight are of key importance during your oncology treatments. The emotional stress of the diagnosis and your treatments takes a huge toll. Acupuncture alone can help you manage your stress levels. Dr. Hackett also teaches you visualization and mindfulness breathing techniques as well, supporting your inner journey to coping with this life-altering diagnosis.
Supplementation with herbal formulas or nutritionals are best added at intervals between the courses of chemo to refortify your body for your ongoing treatment.
Dr. Hackett has developed a very effective acupuncture treatment for neuropathy and numbness. She uses many acupuncture points along the spine to stimulate the area nearest to the nerve roots to encourage potentiation along the entire nerve. Nerves do regenerate, but it takes time. There are supplements and formulas that help support the body build nerve tissue.
Every case differs in degree and complexity. Dr. Hackett works hard to get the best results for you. Bringing in your latest lab work and test reports help her understand the fuller picture of your current health.