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Acupuncture as a palliative care treatment in Cancer patients

Did you know that Acupuncture is one of the raising and popular palliative care treatments worldwide for cancer patients?

In this post I’ll share a revolutionary study about the use of Acupuncture during surgery inside the in-patient hospital ward. However, the literature is also full of examples of the benefits of Acupuncture in out-patient care for the treatment of Hot flashes, Pain, Nausea and vomiting, Fatigue, Peripheral neuropathy induced by chemotherapy and more.

This is a joint-study at the integrated oncology service of Clalit’s Lin Medical Center and the Carmel Hospital in Israel.

Acupuncture during gynecological surgery was found to reduce pain and anxiety in patients with uterine and ovarian cancer. This was published in a leading scientific journal CANCER.

The study examined the effect of integrative medicine treatment that combine complementary medicine as part of the oncological and surgical treatment. In the study, the effect of a unique therapeutic approach that combines manual techniques (Acupressure) and relaxation before surgery and acupuncture treatment (Acupuncture) during surgery was examined. The combined treatment was offered to the patients while ensuring a sequence of treatment starting from waiting for surgery in the women’s ward and through the various treatment stations while coordinating with the surgical, anesthesiologist, nursing and auxiliary staff.

The results of the study showed a significant reduction in anxiety among patients who were treated with contact and relaxation methods before surgery, when the addition of acupuncture during surgery provided an additional benefit of reducing pain after surgery.

Source: (in Hebrew)



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