Chemotherapy and cancer treatments can cause a wide array of complications such as xerostoma (dry mouth). I learned the cancer and chemotherapy protocols shared on this page from Dr. Robert Chu,** who has a long and successful history of treating cancer and cancer therapy patients. Each of these protocols begins with his WTH protocol, which balances the wood, earth, and water elements in the body. Specific points are added to this as guide points to direct the flow of Qi to the desired area.
Follow the protocol as given whenever possible. The Liver and Gallbladder meridian points are on the right because Liver usually expresses more on the right side of the body, but don't be slavish about the sides of the body. If you need to switch them up for some reason, do so.
Would this protocol work for patients who are not cancer or chemotherapy patients? Absolutely. Acupuncture is a targeting system, guiding the energy where you want it to go. But you do need to address the underlying cause for other patients. We know the reason cancer therapy patients are having this problem, but not so much for other patient populations. As an example, if you have a patient with Sjögren's, then the deeper root of this condition is an autoimmune syndrome. You would then treat the autoimmune condition and add these points to help with the dry throat and mouth.
St 34, 36, St 37, St 44
Huo Ying, Huo Zhu, and Lv 6* *Master Tung's Lv 6 is needled next to the tibia on the Spleen channel rather than on the bone itself. Use your fingernail to palpate and slide the needle right next to the bone.
Gb 34, Gb 39
**If you are able, I recommend you take Dr. Chu's class on eLotus (Allergies, Autoimmune, and Cancer Tx Side Effects). It will set you back about $99 USD. You will get far more information that just the protocol and it will inform your practice so much! Bonus: you get CEUs for this.