Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is a common side effect of cancer treatment that can cause numbness, tingling, and pain in the hands and feet. It can also make it difficult to walk, dress, and perform other daily activities.
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine treatment that has been shown to be effective in relieving the symptoms of CIPN. It works by stimulating specific points on the body with needles. This can help to improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote nerve regeneration.
A study published in the journal “Pain” found that acupuncture was effective in reducing the pain and numbness associated with CIPN. The study participants who received acupuncture also reported improved sleep quality and quality of life.
Another study, published in the journal “Neurology”, found that acupuncture was effective in improving walking ability in people with CIPN. The study participants who received acupuncture were able to walk farther and with less pain than those who did not receive acupuncture.
If you are experiencing CIPN, acupuncture may be a helpful treatment option for you. Talk to your doctor about whether acupuncture is right for you.
What to Expect During Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture treatments typically last for 30-60 minutes. The acupuncturist will first assess your condition and then insert needles into specific points on your body. The needles may be left in place for a few minutes or up to 30 minutes.
You may feel some discomfort when the needles are inserted, but this should go away quickly. Some people experience a feeling of warmth or tingling at the acupuncture points.
You can usually resume your normal activities after acupuncture treatment. However, you may experience some mild side effects, such as bruising or soreness at the acupuncture points.
Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for CIPN. It can help to reduce pain, numbness, and improve walking ability. If you are experiencing CIPN, call today to set up a consultation.