03. March 2016 · Comments Off · Categories: Acupuncture, Cancer

Acupuncture appears to be effective for reducing pain and other symptoms in cancer patients, according to an open clinical trial carried out by clinicians in the USA. Fifty-seven cancer patients who reported significant pain levels were seen in an open treatment program. A semi-structured acupuncture protocol was designed to target pain, as well as anxiety, depression, fatigue and nausea. Twenty-five patients were considered to have completed treatment after receiving nine or more acupuncture sessions of acupuncture. Pain severity was found to decrease by 32% from baseline to the last session, and pain interference with daily living decreased by 40%. Symptoms of pain, nausea and fatigue decreased by 50%, while anxiety dropped by 44%. All changes in symptom scores except for nausea were found to be significant.
Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Pain: An Open Clinical Trial. Medical Acupuncture. June 2015, 27(3): 188-193.
Acupuncture can help with cancer-related symptoms in people receiving outpatient cancer treatment, according to American investigators. A retrospective study was carried out using data from 50 patients having acupuncture in a group setting at an integrative oncology programme. At the time of their fourth treatment, participants were found to have significantly less pain, numbness and digestive problems compared with baseline.
Evaluation of Group Acupuncture for Cancer-Related Symptoms: A Retrospective Analysis. J Palliat Med. 2015 Jul 28. [Epub ahead of print].

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