Acupuncture Effective for Chronic Muscle Pain in Cancer Survivors – Consumer Health News


TUESDAY April 6, 2021 (HealthDay News) – Electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture are more effective than usual care in reducing chronic musculoskeletal pain in cancer survivors, according to a study published online on March 18 in JAMA Oncology.

Jun J. Mao, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, and colleagues evaluated the effectiveness of electroacupuncture (145 patients) or auricular acupuncture (143 patients) compared to usual care (72 patients) for chronic musculoskeletal pain in cancer survivors. Improvement in musculoskeletal pain was assessed at week 12.

Researchers found that electroacupuncture reduced pain severity by 1.9 points and auricular acupuncture reduced severity by 1.6 points from baseline at week 12 compared to usual care. Auricular acupuncture was not inferior to electroacupuncture. Adverse events were mild, with 10.5 percent of patients receiving auricular acupuncture and 0.7 percent of patients receiving electroacupuncture discontinuing treatment due to adverse events.

“In this randomized clinical trial of various cancer survivors with chronic musculoskeletal pain, electroacupuncture and auricular acupuncture improved pain severity, pain-related functional interference and quality of life, and reduced the use of analgesics compared to usual care, “write the authors.

Two authors have revealed financial links with the biopharmaceutical industry; an author has revealed ties to the Tibet Cheezheng Tibetan Medicine Co.

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