Acupuncture/ pressureCancer

Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy treated with acupuncture

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, ā€œ 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.ā€

Emphasis on the second sentence.

12/11/11 22:55 JR

Hi, Iā€™m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.