Overview of Acupuncture for cancer patientsSource – 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.