Acupuncture Relieves Fatigue in Cancer Patients

by Dr. Nalini Chilkov

Acupuncture chart from the Ming Dynasty.
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Fatigue is one of the most common side effects experienced by cancer patients who have been treated with chemotherapy.

Fatigue may occur both during chemotherapy treatment and may also persist for months after treatment has been completed.

One of the most common reasons for this fatigue is anemia, the loss of  blood cells destroyed by chemotherapy drugs.  Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate the production of new blood cells, speeding up the recovery from chemotherapy induced anemia.

For cancer patients who were not anemic,  a large study involving over 13,000 patients experiencing chemotherapy related fatigue showed a 31.3% improvement after receiving acupuncture treatment.

Cancer patients looking for alternative cancer treatments to relieve the side effects of chemotherapy can turn to acupuncture for relief of fatigue.

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Vickers AJ, Straus DJ, Fearon B, Cassileth BR. Acupuncture for postchemotherapy fatigue: a phase II study. J Clin Oncol 2004 May 1;22(9):1731–1735. [PubMed: 15117996]

Weidong Lu, MB, MPHa,b, Elizabeth Dean-Clower, MD, MPHa,b, Anne Doherty-Gilman, MPHb, and David S. Rosenthal, MD The Value of Acupuncture in Cancer Care:

Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2008 August ; 22(4): 631–viii. doi:10.1016/j.hoc.2008.04.005.

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  1. Some people are concerned that accupuncture can be a painful procedure but in most cases this is not true. The needles that are used for acupuncture are actually very thin in comparison to those that are used to inject fluids into the body. They are therefore much less painful. Acupuncture relieves fatigue in cancer patients.  Accupuncture Fatigue Fort Lauderdale

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