Acupuncture may have positive effect in nerve conduction, study Acupuncture may have positive effect in nerve
Pilot study shows positive effect in nerve conduction study after acupuncture
The addition of acupuncture to best
medical care for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) may
have a positive effect, according to a pilot study published online Dec.
5 in Acupuncture in Medicine.
Sven Schroeder, Ph.D., from the
HanseMerkur Centre for Traditional Chinese Medicine at the University
Medical Center in Hamburg, Germany, and colleagues evaluated the
therapeutic effect of acupuncture on CIPN by measuring the changes in
nerve conduction studies. Six patients were treated with acupuncture for
10 weeks, along with best medical care, and five patients were given
best medical care with no specific treatment for CIPN (control group).
The investigators found an
improvement in the nerve conduction study after treatment in five of the
six patients treated with acupuncture. In the control group, one
patient showed improvement, one showed impairment, and three showed no
difference in the nerve conduction study.
"The data suggest that acupuncture
has a positive effect on CIPN as measured by objective parameters nerve
conduction study," the authors write. "This pilot study shows
encouraging results for the application of acupuncture in CIPN,
justifying a randomized controlled trial.