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Overview of Acupuncture for cancer patients

Source – National Cancer Institute – NIH

  • Acupuncture applies needles, heat, pressure, and other treatments to one or more places on the skin known as acupuncture points.
  • Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine.
  • Acupuncture has been used in the United States for about 200 years.
  • Acupuncture is used to treat many illnesses and ailments and in cancer patients is usually used to relieve pain and other symptoms and improve quality of life.
  • There is strong evidence from clinical trials that acupuncture relieves nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
  • Acupuncture may work by causing physical responses in nerve cells, the pituitary gland, and parts of the brain.
  • Laboratory and animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture can reduce vomiting caused by chemotherapy.
  • Most acupuncture research with cancer patients studies the use of acupuncture to relieve symptoms caused by cancer treatment.
  • It is important that acupuncture treatment be given by a qualified practioner who uses a new set of disposable (single-use) needles for each patient.

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