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.
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Notable preclinical evidence is listed here. Clinical evidence is in How can electroacupuncture help you? What the research says ›
Improving treatment outcomes
- Reduced tumor growth and lung metastases among mice with osteosarcoma treated with electroacupuncture in preclinical trials1Smeester BA, Al-Gizawiy M et al. The effect of electroacupuncture on osteosarcoma tumor growth and metastasis: analysis of different treatment regimens. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. 2013;2013:387169.
Managing symptoms and side effects
- Less mechanical allodynia on both paws of mice with paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy after 14 days with auricular electroacupuncture compared to controls in a small study2Tao X, Lee MS, Donnelly CR, Ji RR. Neuromodulation, specialized proresolving mediators, and resolution of pain. Neurotherapeutics. 2020 Jul;17(3):886-899.
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