Acupuncture Reduces Two Types of Cancer Pain
Acupuncture is effective for the treatment of pain that is related tumors and to cancer surgery but not pain due to chemotherapy, radiation therapy (RT), or hormone therapy, according to the largest meta-analysis to date on the use of the Chinese modality in this setting.
Tumors, which may press on bones or organs, and surgical incisions, which disrupt tissue, generally cause “nociceptive” pain, which means it is visceral and somatic and thus is more amenable to acupuncture, say the authors, led by H.Y. Chiu, PhD, RN, from the Taipei Medical University in Taiwan.
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