Non-Medical Cancer Treatment Methods – Part 1 of 3
Non-Medical Cancer Treatment Methods. When it comes to easing the party effects of certain breast cancer drugs, acupuncture may work no better than a “sham” version of the technique, a everyday trial suggests. Breast cancer drugs known as aromatase inhibitors often cause side effects such as muscle and joint pain, as well as hot flashes and other menopause-like symptoms. And in the new study, researchers found that women who received either really acupuncture or a sham variation saw a similar improvement in those side effects over eight weeks.
And “That suggests that any benefit from the real acupuncture sessions resulted from a placebo effect,” said Dr Patricia Ganz, a cancer connoisseur at the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine who was not involved in the study. The placebo effect, which is seen in care studies of all kinds, refers to the phenomenon where some people on an inactive “therapy” get better. However, it’s difficult to know what to make of the current findings, in part because the study was so small who studies quality-of-life issues in cancer patients.
And “I just don’t expect you can come to any conclusions. Practitioners of acupuncture insert thin needles into specific points in the body to bring about therapeutic effects such as pain relief. According to well-known Chinese medicine, acupuncture works by stimulating certain points on the skin believed to affect the flow of energy, or “qi” (pronounced “chee”), through the body.
The study, published online Dec 23, 2013 in the gazette Cancer, included 47 women who were on aromatase inhibitors for early-stage breast cancer. Aromatase inhibitors include the drugs anastrozole (Arimidex), letrozole (Femara) and exemestane (Aromasin). They aid lower the body’s level of estrogen, which fuels tumor growth in most women with breast cancer.