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Acupuncture used to help breast cancer patients

Updated: Monday, March 24 2014, 11:28 PM CDT

Acupuncture has been practiced in China and other Asian countries for thousands of years.  Research has shown the practice can reduce nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy and it can also relieve pain. 

Now doctors are looking to see if it can help certain breast cancer patients. 

When Titi Ariyo was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, her doctors put her on a treatment that caused her to have some serious side effects.

"I had joint pain, my knees and my ankles and my my entire body just hurt."

So her physicians recommended she take part in a trial  study that looked at acupuncture as a way to relieve some of her pain. She says it worked.

"I was sleeping better and also the pain reduced."

Experts say more than 60 percent of women with early stage breast cancer suffer from hot flashes, joint and muscle pain and depression caused by their treatment. They thought if acupuncture could help these patients with some of their discomfort,  it could eventually be used as therapy along with the medication.

  "First, i'm gonna clean this. So let me know when you feel it, okay?"

What they found was both patients who were treated with acupuncture and sham acupuncture, which involves retractable needles, that are not placed in acupuncture pressure points, said they felt some relief.

  "Our trial definitely shows there are minimum side effects, and this can potentially help them have significant symptom improvement, both in musculoskeletal symptoms and also hot flashes."

Dr. Bao theorizes that the pricks from both real and sham acupuncture needles may stimulate the body which can relieve pain and sham or not, acupuncture may be a reasonable alternative to help these women. 


Acupuncture used to help breast cancer patients


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