J. Filshie, D. Redman
(Dept. of Anesthetics, Royal Marsden Hospital, London,
England). International Medical Acupuncture Conference, London,
England, May 4-8, 1986.
The effect of acupuncture was assessed in 183 patients attending the Pain
Clinic in a cancer hospital. Early results were promising with 82% of patients
obtaining benefit for hours or days. However, only 52% of patients obtained
significant help and multiple treatments were often necessary. Acupuncture was
most helpful for vascular problems, muscle spasm and dyaesthetic problems.
Acupuncture was significantly helpful for a number of patients with malignant
Electroacupuncture Treatment Method for Arm Oedema, Following Surgery for Breast Cancer.
C. Moldovan, et al. (Institute of Oncology, Bucharest, Romania).
International Medical Acupuncture Conference, London, England, May 4-8,
Upper limb oedema (bloating from retention of water) occurs following surgery for breast cancer in approximately 8-30% of the cases. Existing means have
relatively limited efficiency. This study presents a treatment method with
electroacupuncture (acupuncture in which weak electrical currents are sent through the needles) on a group of 21 patients with upper limb oedema. Treatment response was based on objective criteria including
clinical and thermoelectric measurements. Complete recovery from oedemas was
obtained in 33% of the cases, while partial recovery was seen in 43% of the
cases. No response was seen in 24%.
Immunity Reflex State in Cancer patients Treated by Acupuncture
Xia Yuqin, et al. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Vol. 6, No. 2,
April 1986, pp. 17-19. (In Chinese)
Fifty-nine cases with cancer (diagnosed through tissue biopsy) were observed in this
group. It was found that the potentiality of cell immunity was lower than in
normal persons. Radiation treatment had certain inhibitory functions on body
immunity. It was seen at the same time that acupuncture not only raised body
immunity and regulated ERFC close to the normal level, but it could also control
the falling of body immunity caused by radiation treatments.
Curative Effects Seen in 44 Cases of Radioactive Rectitis After Treating
Zhang Zhaohua. Chinese Acupuncture & Moxibustion, Vol. 6, No. 3,
June 1986, pp. 18-19. (In Chinese)
Forty-four cases of rectitis (inflammation, pain and bleeding of the rectum) caused by radiation therapy for cancer were
treated by acupuncture. Results: 72.3% cases were cured, 9% cases were
markedly effective, and 18% cases were improved. Through this patient group it
was also observed that acupuncture produces the effects of analgesia and
antipyresis, and the reduction of inflammation.
Cancer Chemotherapy with Oriental Medicine (II) Clinical Experiments
of Oriental Medicine with Anti-tumor Crude Drugs.
A. Sato International Journal
of Oriental Medicine 1991;1:34-43
Chinese herbs served to improve symptoms of chemotherapy and prolong life.
Characteristics include reduction of side effects caused by chemotherapeutic
drugs and radiation therapy (i.e., increases in leukocytes, erythrocytes and
thrombocytes), improvement of digestive functions (i.e. improvement of hepatic function) improvement of renal
function, reduction of pain, enhancement of immunofunctions, and especially,
decreased pain in the terminal stage.
Treatment of Postoperative Advanced Gastric Cancer With Chemotherpay and Anticancer Herbs.
Guan-ting Wang, Jia-yu Xu, Ai-mei Zhang, and Xian-yi Wu. International Journal of Oriental Medicine. 1992;4:202-205
Treatment of advanced gastric cancer with combined chemotherapy and
anticancer herbs which "support the righteous Qi" (righteous Qi is often translated to Immune System in Western medicine) resulted in a 41.2% survival
rate at 3 years and 30.4% at 5 years. The curative effect was significantly
higher than for those patients receiving only chemotherapy (26.1% and 15.0%,