Alternate Medical Systems

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

Improved Pain Scores With Acupuncture for Arthralgia in Breast Cancer Not Clinically Meaningful

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In a multicenter study, researchers sought to determine if acupuncture effectively relieved aromatase inhibitor-related joint pain in patients with breast cancer.

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

Chinese Traditional Medicine Showed Effectiveness on Pain, Quality of Life in Advanced Cancer

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In a randomized study, researchers sought to determine the effect of IV injections of coix seed oil, a Chinese CAM, on pain and quality of life measures for patients with advanced cancer.

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

Reflexology, Aromatherapy May Reduce Pain, Anxiety of Brachytherapy for Cervical Cancer

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A study presented at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress explored whether aromatherapy and reflexology can ease anxiety and pain for patients undergoing brachytherapy for cervical cancer.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Practices of Lymphoma Survivors in South Korea

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A study from South Korea determined the prevalence and type of CAM practices lymphoma survivors used for various purposes including ease symptoms, augment treatment, boost immunity, and gain a sense of control.

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

Acupuncture Benefits Aromatase Inhibitor-Related Joint Pain

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Acupuncture may represent an effective adjuvant therapy in the management of joint pain associated with aromatase inhibitor treatment in postmenopausal women with breast cancer.

Goshajinkigan May Not Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer

Goshajinkigan May Not Prevent Chemotherapy-induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer

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Evidence from previous studies for patients with ovarian and endometrial cancers has suggested that goshajinkigan may treat and prevent CIPN.

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

Acupuncture an Effective Alternative Treatment for Cancer-Related Fatigue

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A meta-analysis of studies determined the effectiveness of acupuncture in relieving cancer-related fatigue in patients with cancer, comparing the alternative treatment with sham acupuncture, typical care, and American ginseng.

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

Acupuncture May Improve Fatigue in Patients with Lung Cancer

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Acupuncture was found to improve cancer-related fatigue in patients with lung cancer in as little as 2 weeks, according to results of a double-blind randomized clinical study.

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Drug-free Methods Effective for Treating Some Pain Conditions

Approaches such as acupuncture, massage, and tai chi may ease discomfort when other therapy fails.

Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep, and Quality of Life for Survivors of Breast Cancer

Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep, and Quality of Life for Survivors of Breast Cancer

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Acupressure reduced persistent fatigue in women who had been treated for breast cancer, improving both sleep and quality of life.

Among Survivors, Relaxing Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep Quality, QoL

Among Survivors, Relaxing Acupressure Improves Fatigue, Sleep Quality, QoL

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Relaxing acupressure resulted in significant improvement in persistent fatigue, sleep quality, and quality of life among survivors of breast cancer, a recent study has shown.

Acupuncture Helps Manage Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Acupuncture Helps Manage Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

Improvements seen in climacteric symptoms and quality of life measures when acupuncture was employed.

Hypnosedation: An Alternative Sedation Method for Glioma Resection

Hypnosedation: An Alternative Sedation Method for Glioma Resection

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This technique, which does not use pharmaceutical sedatives, can ease the perioperative discomfort and anxiety experienced by some patients undergoing fully awake craniotomy to remove glioma.

Finding a qualified acupuncture practitioner

Finding a qualified acupuncture practitioner

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How can patients find a qualified acupuncture practitioner who understands the needs of oncology patients?

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Therapy dogs may encourage cancer patient to persevere with treatment

Use of therapy dogs could help encourage cancer patients to continue treatment and provide emotional comfort.

Animal-assisted therapy benefits adult cancer patients

Animal-assisted therapy benefits adult cancer patients

The first clinical study documenting the benefits of animal-assisted therapy in adult cancer patients has yielded evidence that therapy dogs are indeed beneficial for some cancer patients.

The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and co-researchers issue a report card on complementary therapies for breast cancer

The Society for Integrative Oncology (SIO) and co-researchers issue a report card on complementary therapies for breast cancer

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A majority of breast cancer patients in the U.S. use complementary therapies after a breast cancer diagnosis, but there has been little science-based guidance about their safety and effectiveness.

Exercise therapy, acupuncture improve strength and decrease pain in breast cancer survivors

Exercise therapy, acupuncture improve strength and decrease pain in breast cancer survivors

Researchers identified the benefits of exercise therapy and electro-acupuncture in breast cancer survivors.

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Acupuncture reduces comorbid symptoms of cancer pain

Electroacupuncture may reduce comorbid symptoms of pain in women with breast cancer who have aromatase inhibitor-related arthralgia, according to research.

Electroacupuncture improves quality of life for breast cancer patients using AIs

Electroacupuncture improves quality of life for breast cancer patients using AIs

Use of electroacupuncture produces significant improvements in fatigue, anxiety, and depression in as little as 8 weeks for patients with early stage breast cancer patients experiencing joint pain related to the use of AIs to treat breast cancer.

Acupuncture effectively improves appetite in patients with GI tract cancer

Acupuncture effectively improves appetite in patients with GI tract cancer

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ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA—Appetite was improved in patients with GI cancer who received acupuncture therapy, according to a study presented at the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) 39th Annual Congress.

Acupuncture aids breast cancer treatment outcomes

Acupuncture aids breast cancer treatment outcomes

No significant difference in outcomes seen for patients treated with real or sham acupuncture; both groups saw improvement.

Acupuncture reduces breast cancer-related fatigue

Acupuncture reduces breast cancer-related fatigue

Improvements also seen in quality of life after six weeks of treatment.

Acupuncture relieves dry mouth caused by radiotherapy for head and neck cancers

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The ancient Chinese medical practice can relieve the symptoms of dry mouth in patients undergoing radiotherapy, according to the largest trial yet to investigate this effect. Radiotherapy for head and neck cancer often produces this unpleasant and distressing side effect because patients' salivary glands are damaged by radiotherapy.

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