Acupuncture helps Chemo Neuropathy

Acupuncture helps chemo neuropathy. Acupuncture helps “chemo neuropathy” symptoms ie peripheral neuropathy associated with chemotherapy treatment of cancer, according to researchers at the Faculty of Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. A group of 168 participants were enrolled in a pragmatic trial, and treated in accordance with their preferences for either acupuncture and complementary & integrative medicine, or standard care alone as a control. Patients in the intervention arm were randomised to receive either twice-weekly acupuncture for six weeks, or acupuncture plus manual movement or mind-body therapy.

From baseline to six week assessment, the intervention groups improved significantly compared with the control group for criteria including overall chemotherapy-related quality of life, emotional wellbeing, hand numbness/tingling & discomfort, and physical functioning.

The researchers conclude that acupuncture, with or without complementary & integrative medical modalities, can relieve chemo neuropathy symptoms during oncology treatment. This is most pronounced for hand numbness, tingling, pain, discomfort, and for physical functioning.

(Impact of acupuncture & integrative therapies on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy: A multicentered, randomized controlled trial. Cancer, 12 August 2022.)