Acupuncture: Reduces Chemotherapy Side-effects, Improves Immunity

In clinic we routinely use acupuncture, moxibustion and Chinese herbal medicine to support people undergoing Chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment. Research continues to demonstrate the merit of this supportive care. A recent randomized controlled trial in Portugal investigated the use of acupuncture & moxibustion among patients with colorectal cancer undergoing chemotherapy.

The study found that “Acupuncture and moxibustion may (1) stimulate anticancer immunity, (2) promote a myeliprotective effect, (3) improve the psychoemotional status and quality of life, and (4) minimize chemotherapy side effects. This study protocol proved to be feasible and safe for colorectal cancer patients.”

EFFECTS OF ACUPUNCTURE IN LEUKOPENIA, NEUTROPENIA, NK AND B CELLS IN CANCER PATIENTS UNDERGOING CHEMOTHERAPY: A RANDOMIZED PILOT STUDY : Irene Pais, Nuno Correia, Isabel Pimentel, Maria José Teles, Esmeralda Neves, Júlia Vasconcelos, Judite Guimarães, Nancy Azevedo, António Moreira Pinto, Jorge Machado, Thomas Efferth, and Henry Johannes Greten Received 3 March 2014; Revised 1 June 2014; Accepted 3 June 2014 Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine