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Acupuncture helps reduce side effects of chemotherapy

Acupuncture is a treatment method that has shown promise in alleviating the side effects of chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a widely used cancer treatment that involves the use of medication to destroy cancer cells. Although there are various types of chemotherapy drugs, they all function by inhibiting the reproduction of cancer cells, thereby impeding their growth and spread within the body. Unfortunately, chemotherapy can also harm healthy cells in the body, including blood cells, skin cells, nerve cells, and stomach cells. Consequently, patients often experience several side effects as a result of this treatment. Common side effects of chemotherapy drugs include nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, diarrhea, hair loss, fatigue, fever, mouth sores, pain or numbness, constipation, easy bruising, and bleeding. However, emerging research has revealed that acupuncture can effectively alleviate cancer pain and mitigate the side effects associated with chemotherapy. Studies have indicated tha

Acupuncture is effective for neuropathic pain (nerve pain)

Neuropathic pain, also known as nerve pain, is a type of pain that occurs due to damage to the nervous system. It can arise from any level of the nervous system, including the peripheral nerves, spinal cord, and brain. Patients with neuropathic pain typically experience spontaneous and/or evoked pain. Spontaneous pain is characterized by shooting, burning, stabbing, or electric shock-like pain, as well as tingling, numbness, or a "pins and needles" sensation. Evoked pain, on the other hand, is pain brought on by normally non-painful stimuli, such as cold, gentle brushing against the skin, or pressure, and can also be increased by normally painful stimuli like pinpricks and heat. Neuropathic pain is a common problem, affecting more than 7% of the general population and accounting for 20 to 25% of individuals with chronic pain. However, treating neuropathic pain is a significant challenge, and the available treatment options are often limited by side effects and tolerance. In

Acupuncture is effective for trigeminal neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia is a syndrome characterized by neuropathic pain, which manifests as intense episodes of pain in the facial area within the trigeminal nerve region. While it typically affects only one side of the face, it can also affect both sides. The pain is often progressive and can have a significant impact on an individual's quality of life. However, acupuncture is an effective treatment that does not produce any unwanted side effects. Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition that can cause significant discomfort and distress. The pain is usually described as a sharp, shooting, or electric shock-like sensation that occurs in the face. It may be triggered by certain activities, such as chewing, speaking, or touching the affected area. The pain can be so severe that it can interfere with an individual's ability to perform daily activities. Acupuncture is an ancient form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of fine needles into specific points on the bo