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Acupuncture May Help Relieve Symptoms after Chemo

There has been a wealth of research done, and still being done, on the effects of acupuncture on cancer patients undergoing chemo. Recent studies have confirmed statistically significant decreases in fatigue in breast cancer patients (Reuters). These studies are still just coming out and most physicians are wary of saying that acupuncture will be guaranteed to relieve fatigue due to chemo but more physicians are consistently telling their patients to give it a try.

In another study several women going through chemo were given acupuncture to help with their nausea and vomiting and 24 of the 26 women given acupuncture reported much less nausea and an overall better and more health feeling (Sciencedirect). These results are still not conclusive but with more research being done regularly into the positive effects of acupuncture for cancer patients it’s definitely worth talking with your doctor about.

- www.reuters.com/article/2012/10/29/us-acupuncture-cancer-idUSBRE89S15420121029
- www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1566070206002219