Acupuncture: Integration into cancer care

ArticleinJournal of the Society for Integrative Oncology 4(2):86-92 · February 2006with7 Reads
DOI: 10.2310/7200.2006.010 · Source: PubMed

    Abstract

    Acupuncture has been evaluated in clinical studies for its effect in reducing some of the common symptoms experienced by cancer patients. Here we introduce this ancient treatment modality, outline its practice in the modern Western medicine setting, discuss safety issues related to the general and oncology populations , discuss its clinical applications in treating common symptoms experienced by cancer patients, and summarize data from clinical studies related to these applications . There is good evidence supporting acupuncture's effects in the reduction of cancer-related pain and chemotherapy-induced acute nausea and vomiting. There are preliminary data suggesting that acupuncture may help reduce post-chemotherapy fatigue and xerostomia caused by radiation. Acupuncture has a good safety record when performed by qualified practitioners. Acupuncture is useful complementary therapy in cancer care. Its integration into regular oncology practice can improve the supportive care of cancer patients.