By inserting very thin needles at specific points on the body and passing a mild electric current between them, electroacupuncture can relieve some side effects and symptoms common during cancer.
Electroacupuncture at a glance
A modified form of acupuncture, electroacupuncture involves inserting very thin needles at specific points on the body. A mild electric current passes between the needles, stimulating the target.
Electroacupuncture’s benefit is mostly with side effects and symptoms, with the best evidence so far for relieving pain and hot flashes, and less evidence for relief of nausea and vomiting. Electroacupuncture is also linked to anti-inflammatory activity in your body, better immune function, and lower markers of coagulation.
This review summarizes electroacupuncture and transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation. We discuss related therapies in these reviews:
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