Peripheral neuropathy can be a right pain.
Updated: Oct 23
ACUFOCIN: Randomised clinical trial of ACUpuncture plus standard care versus standard care alone FOr Chemotherapy Induced peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN)
CIPN is a dose limiting toxicity, which poses a major clinical challenge. Literature would suggest that acupuncture offers promise in managing neuropathy.
This study explores the use of acupuncture with standard care (Acu +SC) against SC alone, to reduce symptoms of CIPN.
This study came to a similar conclusion numerous clinical results have: "In this patient cohort, a 10 week course of acupuncture significantly improved symptoms of CIPN. These results support further investigation within a phase III trial".
The detail of this study can be read HERE.
There is also further supportive research
in this article : Acupuncture for Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Trial, the full detail of which can be read from THIS LINK
March 11, 2020
Effect of Acupuncture vs Sham Procedure on Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy Symptoms.
A Randomized Clinical Trial
" We found therapeutic benefit of real acupuncture for neuropathic pain that is consistent with previous pilot acupuncture CIPN trials. The full detail can be read from THIS LINK.
So in summary we can ask, is having acupuncture treatment better than usual care? These studies suggest it may have some benefits in reducing the symptoms of CIPNS. It is a discussion to have with your oncologist and a registered acupuncturist to ascertain if this may be an option for you.