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We would like to share with you our personal view, beliefs and approach about the research that is presented on these pages.






We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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Acupuncture in Palliative Care

(2018) Moxibustion for alleviating side effects of chemotherapy or radiotherapy in people with cancer.

'Authors' conclusions: Limited, low-certainty evidence suggests that moxibustion treatment may help to reduce the haematological and gastrointestinal toxicities of chemotherapy or radiotherapy, improving QoL in people with cancer; however, the evidence is not conclusive, and we cannot rule out benefits or risks with this treatment. High-quality studies that report adverse effects are needed.'

Hong Wei Zhang, Zhi Xiu Lin, et al., (2018) Moxibustion for alleviating side effects using chemotherapy or radiotherapy in people with cancer, Cochrane Systematic Review - Intervention Version published: 13 November 2018

(2018) Outpatient acupuncture effects on patient self-reported symptoms in oncology care: a retrospective analysis.

'Results: Of 375 participants had at least one follow up acupuncture treatment. Highest/worst symptoms at baseline were poor sleep, fatigue, well-being, and pain. Statistically significant reduction/improvement (pre/post) was observed for all Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS; 16 symptoms, score 0-10, 10 worst possible) before and after each visit. symptoms and subscales for the initial acupuncture treatment. Hot flashes had the highest mean reduction, followed by fatigue, numbness/tingling, and nausea. For symptom change from initial acupuncture treatment to first follow up (pre/pre), statistically and clinically significant improvement was observed for spiritual pain and ESAS subscale of GDS. Clinical response rates on follow up were highest for symptoms of spiritual pain (58.9%), dry mouth (57.8%) and nausea (57.3%).

Conclusions: Outpatient acupuncture was associated with immediate & longitudinal significant improvement across a range of symptoms commonly experienced by individuals during cancer care. Further research is needed to better understand frequency of treatments needed in clinical practice to help maintain benefit'.

Gabriel Lopez, M Kay Garcia et al., (2018) Outpatient acupuncture effects on patient self-reported symptoms in oncology care: a retrospective analysis.Journal of Cancer 2018, Vol. 9 2018; 9(19): 3613-3619. doi: 10.7150/jca.26527

(2018) Acupuncture for Cancer Pain and Symptom Management in a Palliative Medicine Clinic.

'Conclusions: Acupuncture improved cancer-related pain and other symptoms. Those with higher baseline pain scores and advanced disease were more likely to achieve significant pain reduction. Improved depression and fatigue were closely related to pain reduction. Further studies are needed to confirm pain response variables, establish durability, and develop a personalized approach to acupuncture'.

Miller KR, Patel J.N. et al., (2018) Acupuncture for Cancer Pain and Symptom Management in a Palliative Medicine Clinic.American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909118804464

(2018) An assessment of methodological quality of systematic reviews of acupuncture and related therapies for cancer-related pain.

Results: Fourteen systematic reviews published between 2005 and 2017 were eligible for inclusion. The consensus across the included reviews was that acupuncture and related therapies alone did not have superior pain-relieving effects as compared with analgesic administration using various validated pain scales. However, as compared with analgesic administration alone, acupuncture and related therapies plus analgesics resulted in reduced cancer related-pain.

Conclusion: The study findings emphasized that acupuncture and related therapies alone did not have clinically significant effects at cancer-related pain reduction as compared with analgesic administration alone. Clinicians may consider acupuncture and related therapies as adjunctive therapies for cancer-related pain management, in particular, when pain control is unsatisfactory under analgesics alone.

Huda A.Anshasi & Muayyad Ahmad (2018) An assessment of methodological quality of systematic reviews of acupuncture and related therapies for cancer-related pain.  Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice Volume 32, August 2018, Pages 163-168

(2017) Factors affecting whether or not cancer patients consider using acupuncture.

'Results The majority (81%) of participants indicated that they would consider the use of acupuncture during their cancer treatment. .......The main reasons given for considering acupuncture use included its perceived capability of reducing fatigue, boosting energy levels, improving immune function, and reducing pain and anxiety. Patients considering acupuncture use also demonstrated significantly higher levels of stress (p<0.001), anxiety and depression (p<0.001), fatigue (p<0.001), and lower global quality of life (p<0.01) compared to those who were not considering acupuncture.

Conclusions. The findings show that demand for acupuncture by cancer patients is high. A substantial proportion of cancer patients intend to use acupuncture to manage cancer and/or cancer treatment-related symptoms.'

Oh B, Eade T, Kneebone A, et al (2017) Factors affecting whether or not cancer patients consider using acupuncture Acupuncture in Medicine 2017;35:107-113.

(2017) Systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture to reduce cancer-related pain.

'Abstract: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the effects of acupuncture on malignancy-related, chemotherapy (CT)- or radiation therapy (RT)-induced, surgery-induced, and hormone therapy (HT)-induced pain. A total of 29 RCTs yielding 36 effect sizes were included. The subanalysis indicated that acupuncture relieved malignancy-related and surgery-induced pain but not CT- or RT-induced and HT-induced pain. Acupuncture is effective in relieving cancer-related pain, particularly malignancy-related and surgery-induced pain. Our findings suggest that acupuncture can be adopted as part of a multimodal approach for reducing cancer-related pain.'.

Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS., (2017) Systematic review and meta-analysis of acupuncture to reduce cancer-related pain...Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2017 Mar;26(2). doi: 10.1111/ecc.12457. Epub 2016 Feb 7.

(2016) Acupuncture for Pain Management in Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

'CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture plus drug therapy is more effective than conventional drug therapy alone for cancer-related pain. However, multicenter high-quality RCTs with larger sample sizes are needed to provide stronger evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in cancer-related pain due to the low data quality of the studies included in the current meta-analysis.'.

Hu C, Zhang H. et al., (2016) Acupuncture for Pain Management in Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis..Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:1720239. doi: 10.1155/2016/1720239. Epub 2016 Feb 10.

(2011) Acupuncture as Cancer Symptom Therapy: What a Difference a Decade Makes.

'There seems no doubt that acupuncture should no longer be considered a “complementary” therapy in the milieu of cancer symptom management; our task now is to fashion mechanisms for our patients to avail themselves of the opportunity.

Conclusion: The emergence of acupuncture as an accepted treatment for cancer symptoms allows recognition that it may be the only successful therapy in many circumstances:

Johnstone P.A.S. (2011) Acupuncture as Cancer Symptom Therapy: What a Difference a Decade Makes. J Acupunct Meridian Stud 2011;4(4):209e213

 

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