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Can Acupuncture be beneficial for blood cancer patients, for easing nausea symptoms of chemotherapy.

Our factsheet on nausea and vomiting
talks a great deal about the evidence for acupuncture treatment helping with this distressing side effect of chemotherapy. This quotes a study by Ezzo which is now over a decade old but which points clearly to a level of efficacy. It is in the form of a systematic review, a consolidated account of all available trials of suitable quality, and very much loved by research statisticians for giving a far clearer idea than single trials of whether something really works.We always undertake a review of literature and studies which may have been published more recently and have found several overviews for the use of acupuncture treatment with cancer treatment as a whole. One rather useful one is looks at all aspects of the management of cancer and its treatment. It's a little technical, as many of these studies are, but not beyond most people to be able to find some useful material. This study provides useful background.The key thing we have to be clear about with all cancer patients is the limit within which we work. As you have no doubt read we always claim to treat people, not diseases, but if we are not careful this is extended to 'treating people with diseases' and then truncated to 'treating diseases'. When someone has cancer this is a message they would like to hear, but there is no evidence that acupuncture treatment can treat cancer per se. Where it can be really effective is in reducing the side effects of the conventional treatments for cancer which are often debilitating and distressing. We also believe that treating the person, not simply the problem which they have, also mobilises the body's own healing responses to address many aspects of the strain under which conventional treatment places the body and the mind.The best advice we can give is that you visit a local BAcC to discuss with them what may be possible for you. Most are willing to give up a little time to prospective patients without charge to see at first hand what they might be able to offer. This also gives you a chance to meet them and see where they work before committing to treatment.