Acupuncture May Help Chemo-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy

Pilot study shows positive effect in nerve conduction study after acupuncture

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- The addition of acupuncture to best medical care for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) may have a positive effect, according to a pilot study published online Dec. 5 in Acupuncture in Medicine.

Sven Schroeder, Ph.D., from the HanseMerkur Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University Medical Center in Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues evaluated the therapeutic effect of acupuncture on CIPN by measuring the changes in nerve conduction studies. Six patients were treated with acupuncture for 10 weeks, along with best medical care, and five patients were given best medical care with no specific treatment for CIPN (control group).

The investigators found an improvement in the nerve conduction study after treatment in five of the six patients treated with acupuncture. In the control group, one patient showed improvement, one showed impairment, and three showed no difference in the nerve conduction study.

"The data suggest that acupuncture has a positive effect on CIPN as measured by objective parameters nerve conduction study," the authors write. "This pilot study shows encouraging results for the application of acupuncture in CIPN, justifying a randomized controlled trial.

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