J.ain.ymptom Manage 26 2: 731-42, 2003. Western medical acupuncture is a modern interpretation of acupuncture based on scientific research. But research suggests that it is helpful in relieving some symptoms of cancer or the side effects of cancer treatment. Acupunct Meg 31 1: 9-15, 2013. It can also help to reduce symptoms such as anxiety. Several smaller studies also support this finding, including a Swedish study in 2006 of 38 women having hormone therapy for breast cancer. Needling of LI-2, one of several acupoints used to treat xerostomia, is associated with neuroimaging changes correlated to saliva production 58 . Studies of the effect of acupuncture on other symptoms of cancer and side effects of cancer treatment The aim of most acupuncture clinical observation and clinical trials in cancer patients has been to study the effects of acupuncture on cancer symptoms and side effects caused by cancer treatment, including weight loss, cough, coughing up blood, fever, anxiety, depression, proctitis, speech problems, blocked oesophagus, and hiccups. Cancer treatment calls for special precautions to be taken when having acupuncture, and it is important to discuss treatment with your oncologist before your first visit. Laboratory and animal studies of acupuncture for cancer treatment suggest acupuncture may also help the immune system be stronger during chemotherapy see Question 7 .
Moxibustion.ses a dried herb called mugwort which is rolled into a stick. pubbed Abstract McPherson H, Thomas K, Walters S, et al.: The York acupuncture safety study: prospective survey of 34 000 treatments by traditional acupuncturists. J alter Complement Meg 6 6: 519-25, chinese herbology 2000. Acupuncture did not reduce postoperative ileum from standard surgery 40 56, but EA did reduce postoperative ileum and analgesic use after laparoscopic surgery for colorectal cancer 73 . pubbed Abstract Dundee J, Ghaly G, Fitzpatrick KT, et al.: Acupuncture to prevent cisplatin-associated vomiting. Euro J burg Oncol 11 4: 389-94, 1985.