Acupuncture has a variety of beneficial effects. The Western world focuses primarily on the pain management aspect of acupuncture. Pain relief from acupuncture is well documented and is something that we see here at the Soft Tissue Center.
There is another tremendous benefit from acupuncture that we have been very pleased to see. Acupuncture offers tremendous relief of nausea during chemotherapy treatment for cancer patients. It also provides a sense of well being during the chemotherapy sessions. Oncologists have remarked how well our chemotherapy patients look when receiving acupuncture. There is no contraindication to acupuncture during chemotherapy as there may be with nutritional supplementation. Understandably, many oncologists don’t want to risk having nutritional supplements counteract the chemotherapy treatment. Acupuncture does not counteract chemotherapy. The acupuncture professional literature has established the benefits of acupuncture during chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Literature references are listed at the end of this tab.
Acupuncture is also known to help post-anesthesia nausea and vomiting, as well as help post-operative pain. This can make the patient much more comfortable and reduce the volume of post-operative pain medication.
Acupuncture appears to have mixed results with neuropathic pain (please refer to Pain Program tab under the Services Menu of this website). A small percentage of neuropathic pain patients report improvement with acupuncture. There is certainly no downside to trying acupuncture to alleviate neuropathic pain.
Elite athletes have found acupuncture to be a valuable tool for recovery. We have had many Olympic athletes and professional athletes ask for acupuncture once they learned from their teammates or peers that they felt so much better during hard training.
The doctors at the Soft Tissue Center that provide acupuncture are also Western educated in sports medicine as well, so the most important first step can be achieved. This first step is to have a clinical diagnosis. The acupuncturists at the Soft Tissue Center may help you with pain, chemotherapy-related nausea, and recovery from training as they have helped others with these complaints.
Acupuncture Literature regarding positive results during chemotherapy
Xia YQ, Zhang D, Yang CX, et al.: An approach to the effect on tumors of acupuncture in combination with radiotherapy or chemotherapy. J Tradit Chin Med 6 (1): 23-6, 1986.
Wu B, Zhou RX, Zhou MS: [Effect of acupuncture on interleukin-2 level and NK cell immunoactivity of peripheral blood of malignant tumor patients] Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi 14 (9): 537-9, 1994.
Filshie J, Redman D: Acupuncture and malignant pain problems. Eur J Surg Oncol 11 (4): 389-94, 1985.
Vickers AJ: Can acupuncture have specific effects on health? A systematic review of acupuncture antiemesis trials. J R Soc Med 89 (6): 303-11, 1996.
Ezzo JM, Richardson MA, Vickers A, et al.: Acupuncture-point stimulation for chemotherapy-induced nausea or vomiting. Cochrane Database Syst Rev (2): CD002285, 2006.
Enblom A, Lekander M, Hammar M, et al.: Getting the grip on nonspecific treatment effects: emesis in patients randomized to acupuncture or sham compared to patients receiving standard care. PLoS One 6 (3): e14766, 2011.
Deng G, Vickers A, Yeung S, et al.: Randomized, controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients. J Clin Oncol 25 (35): 5584-90, 2007.
Ashamalla H, Jiang ML, Guirguis A, et al.: Acupuncture for the alleviation of hot flashes in men treated with androgen ablation therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 79 (5): 1358-63, 2011.
Molassiotis A, Bardy J, Finnegan-John J, et al.: Acupuncture for cancer-related fatigue in patients with breast cancer: a pragmatic randomized controlled trial. J Clin Oncol 30 (36): 4470-6, 2012.
Wu MT, Hsieh JC, XiongJ, et al.: Central nervous pathway for acupuncture stimulation: localization of processing with functional MR imaging of the brain–preliminary experience. Radiology 212 (1):133-41, 1999
Zhang WT, Jin Z, Cui GH, et al: Relations between brain network activation and analgesic effect induced by low vs. high frequency electrical acupoint stimulation in different subjects: a functional magnetic resonance imaging study. Brain Res., 982(2):168-78. 2003