Women with chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) can experience significant improvements in neuropathic symptoms from an eight-week acupuncture treatment regimen, report American researchers. Forty women experiencing CIPN after adjuvant taxane therapy for breast cancer were randomised to an immediate acupuncture (IA) arm or a waitlist control group. Participants in the IA arm received 18 sessions of acupuncture over eight weeks. Patients in the control group received usual care over eight weeks, followed by nine sessions of acupuncture over eight weeks. Acupuncture consisted of manual needling at Yintang M-HN-3 and bilateral Quchi L.I.-11, Yinlingquan SP-9, Zusanli ST-36 and Taixi KID-3, plus electrical stimulation (alternating 2–10 Hz for 30 minutes) at bilateral Waiguan SJ-5, Baxie M-UE-22 (between index and middle fingers), Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Taichong LIV-3. At eight weeks, participants in the IA arm reported significant improvements in scores related to peripheral neuropathy sensation and functional assessment. Acupuncture also led to clinically meaningful reductions in pain intensity compared with the control group.

Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial. Oncologist. 2019 Oct 14. pii: theoncologist.2019-0489.