The #1 Cancer Killer- How Acupuncture Can Help

Lung Cancer: the Number 1 Cancer Killer-Acupuncture Can Help

November is lung cancer awareness month. This blog will provide some facts along with specific ways acupuncture can help

Some Facts from the CDC (http://www.cdc.gov/features/lungcancer/)

  • Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women
  • Smoking causes 80-90% of cases of lung cancer
  • Every year 200,000 people in the US are diagnosed with lung cancer
  • Every year 150,000 people die of lung cancer in the US

Number 1 Way to Prevent Lung Cancer: Quit Smoking

Past blogs have already showed that research supports the use of acupuncture for chemo-related nausea and fatigue.

  • Acupuncture also helps millions of people every year quit smoking- the number one way to prevent lung cancer.
  • Research spanning 30 years shows that acupuncture is an effective aid to reduce nicotine cravings
  • Acupuncture detoxes the body of nicotine making cigarette withdrawal most manageable for people wanting to quit

Peer-reviewed Published Research

  • A 2001 study published in Preventative Medicine assessed the long term effect of acupuncture for smoking cessation and followed 46 participants over 5 years.  Results showed that the acupuncture group reduced smoking by 14 cigarettes per day (compared to only 7 in the control group), that cigarettes tasted bad after acupuncture and desire to smoke was reduced.  During the 5 year follow up period the acupuncture group maintained the reduction in smoking while the control group did not. Read full publication here Study_smoking.Prevention
  • A 2002 study published in the American Journal of Public Health studied 141 adults and found reductions in smoking, reductions in post-treatment smoking and the combination of acupuncture along with education having the most benefits. Read full article here AJPH.smoking
  • A current study published a meta-analysis in 2012 of randomized controlled trials that studied different techniques for smoking cessation. 823 patients were in the acupuncture group; study concludes that “our results suggest that acupuncture and hypnotherapy may help smokers quit.” Read full article here tahiri2012

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