Acupuncture For Palliative Care
The term Palliative Care was first used by Dr. Balfour Mount, in the St. Christopher's Hospital, London, in 1967, promoting the need for a holistic and comprehensive approach for caring patients whose condition is non-responsive to conventional therapies.
Ever since, cancer patients and their families also have taken initiatives and started actively searching for alternative therapies.
By the early 1990`s, 34% of patients in the United States used complementary methods. 25 % of them applied acupuncture to cancer symptoms.
40 % of breast cancer patients has been using acupuncture or other alternative methods.
Study reveals that 63 % of cancer patients participating in cancer clinical trials, also tried acupuncture.
Questionnaire submitted by 453 cancer patients reveals that 83.3% of them used acupuncture.
These studies suggest that patients diagnosed with malignant disease, frequently use complementary therapies to manage pain, discomfort, fatigue, or any other symptoms of their disease, including the side effects of their chemo-, and radiotherapy.
Does evidence based literature support the effectiveness of acupuncture for palliative care?
Well, there`s an increasing number of clinical trials reporting its benefits, published in highly respected medical journals.
As part of the interdisciplinary and holistic efforts, as well as responding to increased patients interest, Western Cancer Centers, like the Mayo Clinic , the MD Anderson, the Sloan-Kettering, closest to us is the UPMC , opened Integrative Medical Departments, utilizing herbs, acupuncture, massage, tai-Chi as a complement to their conventional research and therapies.
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