Acupuncture Cancer Pain Relief Confirmed

women laying on her stomach getting acupuncture treatment

Acupuncture alleviates cancer pain and reduces opioid use. Researchers conducted a meta-analysis of 14 randomized controlled trials and conclude that acupuncture reduces pain levels for patients with cancer. [1] In addition, the research indicates that opioid use may decrease significantly as a result of acupuncture analgesic treatments. The research was published in JAMA Oncology and includes contributions from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York), RMIT University (Australia), and Guangdong University (Guangzhou) researchers.

The investigators determined that true acupuncture produces significantly greater pain reduction than sham controls. The review sorted for quality clinical trials from 17 RCTs (randomized controlled trials), including 1,111 patients. A total of 14 RCTs (including 920 patients) were admitted as quality evidence to the investigation. A total of 7 studies were conducted in China, 6 in the USA, and 1 each in Korea, France, Brazil, and Australia.

The investigators note that pain is a common reason for cancer patients to seek emergency medical services and that hospital admission is also common for cancer patients visiting emergency departments. They add that hospitals need to include acupuncture services to address this demand based on the b growing evidence of the efficacy of acupuncture.b  [2]

The investigators cite evidence from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (New York, NY), Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health (Boston, Massachusetts), and China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences (Beijing, China) researchers demonstrating that most national cancer centers in the USA provide acupuncture. [3] However, the investigators note that there are significant barriers to access. They cite acupunctureb