Acupuncture outperforms conventional treatment for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN), reports an Iranian research team. Forty participants with CIPN were randomly assigned to receive either twelve sessions of acupuncture, or conventional treatment (300 mg of vitamin B1 and three 300 mg capsules of gabapentin per day), for four weeks, after which both groups were followed up for a further four weeks. Acupoints used included Qihai REN-6, Baihui DU-20, Zusanli ST-36, Sanyinjiao SP-6, Hegu L.I.-4, Quchi LI-11, Taichong LIV-3, Bafeng M-LE-8 and Baxie M-UE-22. Additional individualised points were used, if needed, according to patient symptoms. Sensory neuropathy scores decreased significantly over time in both groups, with a significantly higher reduction in the acupuncture group. In addition, the acupuncture group showed a higher overall satisfaction with treatment. Nerve conduction studies in the acupuncture group showed significant improvement, which was not observed in the conventional treatment group.
Effectiveness of Acupuncture Treatment on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: A Pilot, Randomized, Assessor-Blinded, Controlled Trial. Pain Res Manag. 2020 Jun 29;2020:2504674.