Dry mouth: Acupuncture-like electrical nerve stimulation may help
Phase III results indicate that acupuncture-like, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may be equally effective as pilocarpine, the current prescription medication in a pill, to treat radiation-induced xerostomia (dry mouth), according to a new study published.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Ahead of Print.
ConclusionAlthough no significant treatment differences were seen in this trial, patients receiving ALTENS consistently had lower scores, indicating better function, as compared to those receiving PC. Radiation-induced xerostomia improved over time for all patients.
Conditions: Head and Neck Carcinoma; XerostomiaInterventions: Other: Quality-of-Life Assessment; Procedure: Transcutaneous Acupoint Electrical StimulationSponsors: Roswell Park Cancer Institute; National Cancer Institute (NCI)Recruiting - verified June 2015
This report presents the analysis of the RTOG 0537 multicenter randomized study that compared acupuncture-like transcutaneous stimulation (ALTENS) with pilocarpine (PC) for relieving radiation-induced xerostomia.