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Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment
An article by Eugene Mak, MD, from American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
Overview of Acupuncture in Cancer Treatment - National Cancer Institute
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.
- Questions and Answers About Acupuncture - National Institute of Cancer
The FDA approved acupuncture needles for use by licensed practitioners in 1996. Acupuncture has been used in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine. In the United States, acupuncture has been used for about 200 years. Research on acupuncture began in the United States in 1976. Twenty years later, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the acupuncture needle as a medical device. Many illnesses are treated with acupuncture, but it is used mainly to control pain, including pain in cancer patients and to help control nausea and vomiting.
Effects of Acupuncture on the Brain - ScienceDaily
Objective scientific evidence that acupuncture has specific effects within the brain. Acupuncture was recommended by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) as a treatment option for patients with lower back pain. Current clinical trials at the University of York are investigating the effectiveness of acupuncture for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and for depression. Recent studies in the US have also shown that acupuncture can be an effective treatment for migraines and osteoarthritis of the knee.
Acupuncture Curbs Severity of Menopausal Hot Flushes, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (Mar. 7, 2011)
Women With polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) Benefit from Acupuncture and Exercise, Swedish Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Feb. 7, 2011)
Acupuncture May Ease Severe Nerve Pain Associated With Cancer Treatment, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (Dec. 5, 2011)
- Acupuncture of Benefit to Those With Unexplained Symptoms, Study Suggests
ScienceDaily (May 30, 2011)
- Acupuncture Can Prevent Radiation-Induced Chronic Dry Mouth, Study Finds
ScienceDaily (Nov. 10, 2011)
- Acupuncture and Chronic Low Back Pain – University of Maryland Medical Center
- Acupuncture provides benefit for people with osteoarthritis of the knee – University of Maryland Medical Center
Community Acupuncture Network (CAN)
Also known as Peoples' Organization of Community Acupuncture (POCA). Can be used to locate a acupuncture clinic in community style (peaceful, effective and affordable).
Connecticut Society of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CSAOM)
Understanding Acupuncture and Oriental medicine, Finding a qualified Licensed Acupuncturist in CT.
Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM) Resource Center
Learn about the Chinese medicine theory, acupuncture and Chinese Herbs.
American Academy of Medical Acupuncture
National Cancer Institute (NCI) at National Institutes of Health (NIH)
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
Introduction of acupuncture for consumers and research articles for health professionals.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America
- White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
People with painful chronic conditions, including arthritis and headache, and psychological problems (insomnia, depression, and anxiety) are frequent users of acupuncture and other CAM therapies. An NIH scientific review panel concluded that acupuncture is a plausible option for treating several conditions, including nausea associated with chemotherapy and anesthesia, headaches, joint dysfunction, fibromyalgia, depression, etc.
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you reliable, up-to-date health information in language you can understand.
A non-profit website covering topics that empower individuals to make positive changes in their health, environmental sensitivity, consumer choices and informed skepticism. Searching for acupuncture will give you a lot of information.
MD Anderson Cancer Center.
A search for acupuncture will emit tons of information.
Acupuncture, practiced for thousands of years, is a safe and often effective medical treatment that can be used to manage side effects from cancer. Conditions for which acupuncture is commonly used include:
Dry mouth (Xerostomia);
Bowel & digestion issues;