Acupuncture and Cancer Pain

Cancer patients who aren’t getting enough pain control from conventional medications may be able to find relief in the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. A recent study found that this complementary therapy reduced pain by 36% in people with advanced cancer.  The new findings, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (Vol. 21, No. 22: 4120-4126), add to a growing body of evidence that acupuncture can be effective against cancer pain.  – Acupuncture May Ease Cancer Pain

There are studies that showed:

  • Acupuncture and combination of Chinese herbs relieved postoperative pain in patients with liver cancer. (1)
  • Cancer pain intensity decreased by 36% in an auricular acupuncture treatment group in comparison with control group. (2)
  • Breast cancer patients after surgical excision of the cancer and axillary lymph node dissection, the acupuncture group had significant pain relief during arm movement, and the range of arm motion also increased significantly in the treatment group, compared with the control group, during the postoperative period. (3)
  • Cancer patients who were treated with acupuncture for cancer-related pain, 52% were significantly helped.
  • Another study showed patients with malignant tumors experienced various degrees of pain relief.  Some of them were able to either reduce or eliminate the analgesic requirement following multiple acupuncture treatments.