Acupuncture for Cancer Treatment & Chemotherapy Support

Acupuncture for Cancer Treatment & Chemotherapy Support.

Is Acupuncture Effective for Cancer Treatment & Chemotherapy Support?

Don't just take our word for it. The following clinical trials have scientifically examined the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for cancer treatment & chemotherapy support.

Only reputable papers recently published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years are listed below.

A systematic review and meta-analysis of the efficacy of acupuncture and electroacupuncture against chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

Acupuncture is safe, but the symptom-alleviating effect on CIPN can hardly be determined because of methodological deficiencies of the included studies. In terms of the clinical efficacy rate, acupuncture was more effective than conventional pharmacological treatments.

2020, Apr 24 • Hwang MS, Lee HY, Choi TY, et al. Full Article

The Oncologist
Acupuncture for Chemotherapy‐Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial
The Oncologist

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 improvement in subjective sensory symptoms including neuropathic pain and paresthesia. Given the lack of effective therapies and established safety profile of acupuncture, clinicians may consider acupuncture as a treatment option for mild to moderate CIPN in practice.

2020, Apr • Lu W, Giobbie-Hurder A, Freedman RA, et al. Full Article

JAMA Oncology
Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Procedure on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms A Randomized Clinical Trial
JAMA Oncology American Medical Association

Compared with usual care, acupuncture resulted in significant improvement in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy symptoms.

2020, Mar 11 • Bao T, Patil S, Chen C, et al. Full Article

JAMA Oncology
Clinical Evidence for Association of Acupuncture and Acupressure With Improved Cancer Pain A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
JAMA Oncology American Medical Association

This study found a moderate level of evidence that acupuncture and/or acupressure was significantly associated with lower pain intensity in patients with cancer compared with a sham control, which suggests a potential for a combination of acupuncture and acupressure to help reduce opioid doses in patients with cancer.

2019, Dec • He Y, Guo X, May BH, et al. Full Article

Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
Acupuncture for the relief of hot flashes in breast cancer patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials and observational studies
Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics Association of Radiation Oncologists of India

Acupuncture still appeared to be an efficacious therapeutic strategy, especially for the less/no side effects.

2018, Sep 24 • Wang XP, Zhang DJ, Wei XD, Wang JP, Zhang DZ. Full Article

European Journal of Cancer Care
Systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture to reduce cancer-related pain
European Journal of Cancer Care

Acupuncture is effective in relieving cancer-related pain, particularly malignancy-related and surgery-induced pain. Our findings suggest that acupuncture can be adopted as part of a multimodal approach for reducing cancer-related pain.

2017, Mar • Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Full Article

Acupuncture in Medicine
Acupuncture for recovery after surgery in patients undergoing colorectal cancer resection: a systematic review and meta-analysis
Acupuncture in Medicine British Medical Acupuncture Society

We found low-to moderate-quality evidence for the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for recovery after surgery in colorectal cancer patients.

2016, Aug 1 • Kim KH, Kim DH, Kim HY, Son GM. Full Article

Acupuncture and Related Therapies for Symptom Management in Palliative Cancer Care: Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Acupuncture and related therapies are effective in reducing pain, fatigue, and in improving quality of life when compared with conventional intervention alone among cancer patients. Limitations on current evidence body imply that they should be used as a complement, rather than an alternative, to conventional care.

2016, May 20 • Lau CH, Wu X, Chung VC, Liu X, Hui EP, Cramer H, Lauche R, Wong SY, Lau AY, Sit RS, Ziea ET, Ng BF, Wu JC. Full Article

Integrative Cancer Therapies
Acupuncture for Managing Cancer-Related Insomnia: A Systematic Review of Randomized Clinical Trials
Integrative Cancer Therapies

There is a low level of evidence that acupuncture may be superior to sham acupuncture, drugs or hormones therapy.

2016, Jan 16 • Choi TY, Kim JI, Lim HJ, Lee MS. Full Article

Oncology Nursing Forum
Effects of acupuncture and acupressure on cancer-related fatigue: a systematic review
Oncology Nursing Forum Oncology Nursing Society

Although results are inconclusive, acupuncture and acupressure tend to be effective in relieving cancer-related fatigue, with the former producing a greater improvement.

2014, Jan 1 • Ling WM, Lui LY, So WK, Chan K. Full Article

Supportive Care in Cancer
Systematic literature review: xerostomia in advanced cancer patients
Supportive Care in Cancer Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

Limited published data exists reporting the effectiveness of measures in the treatment of xerostomia in cancer patients. Based on primary research of low quality, firm conclusions cannot be drawn. However, [...] acupuncture can be tried based on the available data.

2014, Jan 18 • Hanchanale S, Adkinson L, Daniel S, Fleming M, Oxberry SG. Full Article

Acupuncture points
Acupuncture is comparable with morphine preparations in its effectiveness against chronic pain, but without the adverse effects of morphine, such as dependency. Acupuncture : review and analysis of reports on controlled clinical trials
World Health Organization, Geneva 2002