New Study Shows High Use of Complementary Therapies by Cancer Inpatients

New Study Shows High Use of Complementary Therapies by Cancer Inpatients

New Rochelle, NY, December 2, 2015—Patients hospitalized for cancer treatment commonly use complementary and integrative health (CIH) approaches such as nutritional supplements, special diets, and massage according to a new study. More than 95% of patients expressed interest in at least one of these types of therapies if offered during their hospital stay, as reported in the article published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, a peer-reviewed publication from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available to download for free on The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine website until January 2, 2016.

In the article “Improving Patient-Centered Care: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Prior Use and Interest in Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches Among Hospitalized Oncology Patients,” Rhianon Liu and Maria Chao, DrPH, University of California, San Francisco, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine evaluated the use of 12 different CIH approaches by patients in a surgical oncology ward. The most commonly used were vitamins/nutritional supplements (67%), a special diet (42%), and manual therapies such as massage or acupressure (39%).

The study also assessed patient interest in seven different CIH approaches if they were offered, and more than 40% of patients expressed interest in each treatment, including nutritional counseling (77%) and massage (76%). About half of participants were interested in acupuncture, biofeedback, and mindfulness meditation.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health under Award Numbers T32AT003997, K01AT006545, and K24AT007827, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, under Award Number KL2TR00143.The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

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Acupuncture for hypertension: Study shows that acupuncture is effective at lowering blood pressure for a month and a half!

by Lynn Griffith

Approximately 70 million American adults have high blood pressure, and only 52 percent of these adults report that their condition is under control. (1)

A new study has found that patients who use acupuncture to treat high blood pressure experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half. (2)

There are 350 acupuncture points in the body.  Qi is believed to flow through meridians in the body.  It is at these acupuncture points that the energy flows can be accessed.  In Chinese medicine, illness is thought to be a consequence of an imbalance of the forces.  When needles are inserted into these points, it is believed that the energy flow can be brought back to balance. (3)


New study on acupuncture provides hope for the 70 million American adults who struggle with hypertension!

According to the World Health Organization, acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, and may have therapeutic effect for many more conditions.  The new study confirms that acupuncture is beneficial for treating mild to moderate hypertension and could help lessen the risk of stroke or heart disease. (3)

The study is a culmination of more than a decade of research.  Researchers conducted tests on 65 hypertensive patients who were not receiving any medication to address the issue.  They were separated into two groups.  The subjects were then treated with electroacupuncture.  One group received the electroacupuncture on both sides of the inner wrists and slightly below the knees.  Researchers noticed a drop in blood pressure in 70 percent of the participants, and the drop was maintained for a month and a half. (2)

Acupuncture completed on inner wrists and below the knees showed a noticeable drop in blood pressure for 70 percent of participants!

The research team also noticed that this group had significant declines in blood concentration level of norepinephrine, which constricts blood vessels.  There were no noticeable differences in the other group that received acupuncture in other locations. (2)

Study also showed a significant decline in blood concentration of norepinephrine, which constricts blood vessels

If you struggle with high blood pressure and you would like to avoid medication or get off your existing medication, consider alternative therapies and lifestyle changes.  If you have not tried acupuncture, consider meeting with a licensed acupuncturist to discuss the process and the results that they have noticed.

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