Effect of Acupuncture on Immune Function

There are studies evaluated the effect of acupuncture on immune system function in patients with cancer. The results were:

  • Acupuncture enhanced platelet count and prevented leukocyte decrease after radiation therapy or chemotherapy.(1)
  • Leukocyte phagocytosis was enhanced in patients receiving acupuncture.
  • Acupuncture significantly increased the interleukin-2 level and natural killer cell activity.
  • Patients were given acupuncture while undergoing chemotherapy experienced no decline in T-lymphocyte or in natural killin cell activity, which are usually suppressed by chemotherapy