Acupuncture Alleviates Chronic Cancer Pain



Acupuncture is used to alleviate a variety of symptoms and conditions related to cancer as well as side-effects from cancer treatment. A common condition acupuncture helps manage is cancer pain. Acupuncture is considered both safe and effective for cancer pain. A clinical trial led by Memorial Sloan Kettering showed the efficacy of acupuncture for cancer pain after 12 weeks of treatment. Participants reported a decrease in pain severity months after treatments were discontinued. Acupuncture not only helps with managing cancer pain, but can also help with alleviating post-operative pain as well as improve quality of life.

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Mao, J. J., Liou, K. T., Baser, R. E., Bao, T., Panageas, K. S., Romero, S., Li, Q. S., Gallagher, R. M., & Kantoff, P. W. (2021). Effectiveness of Electroacupuncture or Auricular Acupuncture vs Usual Care for Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Among Cancer Surv. (n.d.).

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