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Acupuncture: Coping With the Symptoms and Side Effects of Cancer

06 October 2011

As an acupuncturist, I’m used to reading or hearing the occasional critisism that acupuncture is unproven, despite the empirical and historical evidence from China. Often, this comes from someone who works within the conventional medical system. So it’s great when a Western Doctor is open minded enough to try these techniques, and report positive effects based on their experiences in the clinic.

The Baltimore Sun recently published an interview with a doctor working at the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Cancer Centre. He sees more and more patients turning to acupuncture in order to cope with the symptoms of cancer and side effects of the treatments for it. In his opinion acupuncture has been shown to help chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, tamoxifen-induced hot flashes, and aromatase inhibitor-induced joint pain and stiffness – all common problems for people dealing with cancer:

A number of clinical trials have shown that acupuncture helped reduce chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. So far, there have been three randomized, controlled clinical trials showing that acupuncture significantly alleviates tamoxifen-induced hot flashes in breast cancer patients with minimal side effects. We recently finished a multi-center randomized, controlled trial assessing the effect of acupuncture in reducing aromatase inhibitor induced musculoskeletal symptoms. We are analyzing the data and will present the results soon.

To read the full article, follow this link.

7 Responses

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  • Jamie SprolesJanuary 30, 2012 at 12:27 am 

    The acupoint stimulation employed within the above study was a modern version of ancient Chinese process, whose needles had been replaced by electrodes that had been employed to send small electrical pulses to particular acupuncture points on the skin. According to conventional Chinese medicine, these points are connected to the internal pathways which conduct energy throughout the body. It is by way of the stimulation of these points that a healthy flow of energy is achieved.

  • Jose FlennikenFebruary 15, 2012 at 7:11 pm 

    Safety and hygiene is an crucial for the proper use of acupuncture. The needles should constantly be sterile and are specifically used only once. If undergoing treatment you ought to expect that the needles is going to be in sterile unopened packaging before the therapist starts. You’ll see that the needles are extremely thin and for this reason you might be unlikely to have any sensation of pain as they’re inserted into your skin.

  • Ginny BeutherMarch 19, 2012 at 1:58 pm 

    Acupuncture is an ancient study. It’s a technique that has been done for thousands of years as component of Standard Chinese Medicine (TCM). Acupuncture uses a approach of inserting needles into specific points acupuncture points in the body. Acupuncture points are located throughout the body.You will find yin and yang points throughout the body such as the hands as well as the feet.

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