Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy can produce severe neurological deficits and neuropathic pain.
Researchers at the University Medical Center, in Hamburg, Germany, evaluated the response to acupuncture.
First, the details.
11 patients were assigned to a treatment group and evaluated for changes in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy.
Acupuncture for 10 weeks in addition standard medical care
Control patients who received standard medical care but no specific treatment
Nerve conduction studies were performed.
And, the results.
In 5 of 6 patients treated with acupuncture, nerve conduction studies improved after treatment.
3 of 5 patients in the control group showed no difference in nerve conduction studies.
1 patient improved.
1 showed impaired nerve conduction studies.
The bottom line?
The authors concluded, “ The data suggest that acupuncture has a positive effect on chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. The encouraging results of this pilot study justify a randomized controlled trial of acupuncture in chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy on the basis of nerve conduction studies.”
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.