Got Cancer?: Research on Chemo-induced Nausea & Vomiting

Cancer Survivors Day is coming up (6/3) and in celebration we wanted to share the clinical research on acupuncture’s effect on chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting.  The World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health have both approved acupuncture in the treatment of over 40 symptoms including chemo-related nausea. Although acupuncture cannot be said to be curative of cancer, it can have profound impact on the quality of life of the survivor. 

There are numerous studies that show the positive effects of acupuncture for cancer patients.  These benefits help patients better manage things such as:

  • chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • cancer-related pain
  • generalized symptoms that result from treatment including fatigue, insomnia, diarrhea, and anorexia
  • radiotherapy-induced xerostomia
  • end-of-life symptoms such as dyspnea
  • chemotherapy or radiotherapy myelosuppression

Below are highlights of the results from a 2010 research publication in Cancer Nursing that evaluated 11 studies:  Cochrane Review Summary for Cancer Nursing: Acupuncture-Point Stimulation for Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea or Vomiting

  • Meta-analysis of 9 studies showed that acupuncture significantly reduces vomiting
  • Electo-acupuncture significantly reduced proportion of vomiting
  • Acupressure significantly reduced nausea

To read the FULL published report: click here Acupuncture.Chemo_.Cochrane.Review

At Wildwood Acupuncture Center–we are a family owned medically based clinic who will work in collaboration with other treatments you are receiving to enhance your treatment results.

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