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Acupuncture: Real or Not, Can Ease Side Effects of Cancer Drugs


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  • Acupuncture helped to significantly improve menopausal symptoms among women taking estrogen-lowering drugs for breast cancer
  • Both patients who received traditional acupuncture and those who received a sham acupuncture procedure experienced similar symptom reductions
  • This could be a demonstration of the placebo effect in action, or the slight pricking of the skin involved in the sham procedure may have caused actual physiological changes
  • Acupuncture has been safely used for thousands of years to treat dozens of health conditions, including chronic pain, nausea, high blood pressure, and more
  • Acupuncture appears to work equally well with skin-penetrating needles or acupressure (the use of pressure to stimulate acupuncture points)

By Dr. Mercola

Every year, millions of Americans turn to acupuncture as part of their health care routine, using it to relieve chronic pain, high blood pressure, nausea and much more. Although in the US, acupuncture is considered an alternative to conventional forms of medicine, it is actually one of the oldest healing practices in the world.

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