Research, Case Studies & Testimonials

Acupuncture reduces peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy

Published On: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Category: Integrative Cancer Care

Evaluation of acupuncture in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy

The results of a small preliminary study carried out in the UK suggest that acupuncture may be of use in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). Eighteen patients received a course of six weekly acupuncture sessions, with points selected by acupuncturists based on patient presentation. The most commonly used acupoints were Sanyinjiao SP-6, Zusanli ST-36 and Taichong LIV-3. Fourteen patients (82%) reported an improvement in peripheral neuropathy symptoms following their course of acupuncture. In addition, some patients derived additional benefits from the treatment including a reduction in analgesic use and improved sleeping patterns.

Evaluation of acupuncture in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. Acupunct Med. 2011 Sep;29(3):230-3).

 

In another pilot study, German researchers found that five out of six patients with CIPN showed positive changes in nerve conduction studies (NCS) after treatment with acupuncture. By comparison, in the control group who received usual care, only one out of five showed an improvement in NCS, three did not show any difference and one showed impaired NCS.

Acupuncture for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN): a pilot study using neurography. Acupunct Med. 2011 Dec 5.

Return to the previous page




Wimpole Street Clinic, London

Rush Hill Clinic, Bath, Somerset

Chiswick Health Clinic, Chiswick, London

Make an Appointment

By telephone:

Rush Hill Clinic:01225 444001

Wimpole Street Clinic:0207 935 2030

Chiswick Health Clinic:0208 742 7423

Talk with Jason: 07985 918 237


Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine Professional Standards Authority BAcC Member British Holistic Medical Association