Acupuncture and Chemotherapy

Author: Shannon Miller

There are so many ways to combat the symptoms of chemotherapy like body aches, nausea, fatigue, etc. Everyone is different, so if you’re having trouble, make sure to tell your physician. Often times there are other alternatives. I have personally been plowing through several options for nausea and hoping to find the right fix soon.

I sat down with Acupuncturist Zee Cakmis of Velona Therapy this week to discuss the benefits of acupuncture during chemotherapy.

First, Zee explained what acupuncture is. Check out this video to find out:

Next, Zee explained how acupuncture can be used during chemotherapy to offer relief. Here is the clip:

More Information about Acupuncture and Chemotherapy

Since acupuncture has few side effects, it can be safely used as a complement to conventional cancer treatments. In fact, in many cancer cases it’s recommended as a way to soothe and reduce side effects. According to the National Institutes of Health, acupuncture has been found to be effective in relieving nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and post-surgical pain. Acupuncture can also help relieve stress, depression, and anxiety, which can greatly improve your quality of life during this challenging time (source: Acupuncture Media Works).

About Zee Cakmis and Velona Therapy

Zee Cakmis,L.Ac., Dipl.Ac., is the owner/practitioner of Velona Therapy. She is a nationally board certified acupuncture physician, licensed to practice in the state of Florida. She has earned a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a bachelor’s degree in Health Science from Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine in Gainesville, Florida. Zee is a member of the Florida State Oriental Medical Association. Zee practices Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Element Acupuncture and Contemporary Oriental Medicine®. She has completed intensive training under the tutelage of the master in Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis®, Dr. Leon Hammer. Zee also holds a bachelor’s degree in Classical Studies from the University of Florida.
Velona Therapy is focused on helping the individual attain a strong body, mind, spirit and a deeper level of self-awareness. Zee assists her patients in their quest to create and reach goals for better health and a balanced life.

For more information, call 904-537-4331, email Zee at, and visit

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