HEALTH NOTES: How acupuncture could relieve pain of chemo patients 

Nerve damage is a common side effect of chemotherapy. A study at The Christie NHS Trust in Manchester - believed to be the largest of its kind - suggests acupuncture could help.
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This study aims to examine the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for alleviating CIPN in patients with colorectal cancer in Hong Kong.Methods/designThis is a single-blinded, randomized, sham-controlled efficacy trial. Eighty-four eligible patients, who are Hong Kong Chinese, aged ≥ 18 years, diagnosed with colorectal cancer and undergoing oxaliplatin-based chemotherapy, will be randomized in a ratio of 1:1 to the electro-acupuncture group or the sham-controlled group. During a 12-week treatment period, patients in the electro-acupuncture group will undergo electro-acup uncture once a week from the first c...
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This study aims to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the concurrent use of two complementary and alternative therapies: electroacupuncture (EA) and Chuna manual therapy (CMT), with pregabalin, which is the conventional pharmacotherapy for neuropathic pain. Methods/design: This is an open-label, parallel, assessor-blinded randomized controlled trial, which includes 90 patients with colorectal and breast cancer, who developed CIPN. After a 2-week preparation period, the patients are divided into three groups (pregabalin administration group, pregabalin + EA treatment group, and pregabalin + CMT treatment group), treated...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Study Protocol Clinical Trial Source Type: research
What is Vicodin and What Does It Do? According to MedicineNet, Vicodin is a combination of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain-reliever and a cough suppressant, similar to codeine. Hydrocodone blocks the receptors on nerve cells in the brain that give rise to the sensation of pain. Acetaminophen is a non-narcotic pain reliever and fever reducer. Acetaminophen works by elevating the threshold to pain. Essentially, in order for pain to be felt, s greater stimulation of the nerves responsible for the sensation of pain is necessary. It reduces fever through its action on the temperature-regulating ce...
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CONCLUSION: Women with CIPN after adjuvant taxane therapy for breast cancer experienced significant improvements in neuropathic symptoms from an 8-week acupuncture treatment regimen. Additional larger studies are needed to confirm these findings. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a toxicity that often persists for months to years after the completion of adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer. In a randomized pilot trial of 40 breast cancer survivors with CIPN, an 8-week acupuncture intervention (vs. usual care) led to a statistically and clinically significant impro...
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncologist Source Type: research
(Natural News) Researchers recently found a connection between local acupuncture points and the peripheral nerves involved in neuropathy and neuropathic pain. They concluded that stimulating those local points with needles ensures the successful treatment of peripheral neuropathy. Numerous studies show that acupuncture improves medical conditions like chronic lower back pain, migraine and tension headaches, and chemotherapy-related...
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In conclusion, since most SRs were at moderate or high quality levels, CAM could be helpful for treating specific symptoms related to breast cancer. PMID: 31257250 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Yakugaku Zasshi : Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Yakugaku Zasshi Source Type: research
To reduce chemotherapy-induced neuropathy (CIN) —a significant challenge among cancer patients following chemotherapy—we explored the effects of auricular point acupressure (APA), which involves needleless, acupuncture-like stimulation on specific ear points.
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Conclusions: The evidence is insufficient to recommend acupuncture for the treatment or prevention of cipn. Further research is needed to evaluate the effects of acupuncture in the treatment of cipn. Given that acupuncture is considered safe and might provide relief for patients, it can be considered at the clinician's discretion. PMID: 31043820 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Current Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Curr Oncol Source Type: research
Karin Meissner1,2*, Nicola Talsky1, Elisabeth Olliges1,2, Carmen Jacob1,3,4, Oliver J. Stötzer5, Christoph Salat5, Michael Braun6 and Raluca Flondor1 1Institute of Medical Psychology, Faculty of Medicine, LMU Munich, Munich, Germany 2Division of Health Promotion, Coburg University of Applied Sciences, Coburg, Germany 3Clinical Neurosciences, Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom 4Wessex Neurological Centre, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, United Kingdom 5Haematology and Oncology, Outpatient Cancer Ca...
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
About a third of cancer patients use alternative medicine — but many of them don’t tell their doctors, according to a new research letter published in JAMA Oncology. Complementary and alternative therapies are those that people use in addition to or instead of traditional medical care. Out of about 3,100 cancer patients who responded to questions about cancer and complementary therapy use through the 2012 National Health Interview Survey, just over 1,000 reported using one or more of these therapies during the prior year, the research letter says. Of these, about a third said they did not tell their doctors tha...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Cancer Source Type: news
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