Holistic medicine is powerful therapy. Sometimes we use it alone. Other times we use it as an adjunct to western medical treatment.
For example cancer treatment may need western medical care such as surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. Acupuncture can be used along with those treatments to balance out the immune system and treat the side effects that come along with cancer therapy such as decreased appetite and pain.
Sometimes treating the cancer with western medicine is not an option. Acupuncture can be used alone to improve quality of life.