Integrative Cancer Care, Medical Acupuncture

Acupuncture May Stimulate Anticancer Immunity via Activation of Natural Killer Cells

Acupuncture stimulation increases the cytotoxicity of NK cells by promoting cross talk between the neurotransmitter network and immune system.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2011/481625/

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2011 (2011)

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Integrative Cancer Care, Medical Acupuncture

Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety

Effects from acupuncture in treating anxiety: integrative review.

RESULTS:

among 514 articles, 67 were selected to be fully read and 19 were included. Among these, 11 were found to have strong evidence levels. (…) Its results showed positive and statistically significant effects from using acupuncture for treating subjects with anxiety.

CONCLUSION:

acupuncture seems to be a promising treatment for anxiety; however, there is a need for improving the methodological quality of the research on this field.

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Integrative Cancer Care

Patients Benefit From New Acupuncture Program – Seattle Children’s Hospital

Patients Benefit From New Acupuncture Program – Seattle Children’s Hospital

– Acupuncture at Seattle Children’s involves applying needles, magnets and/or manual pressure (called acupressure) to specific points throughout the body to stimulate those areas. The treatment can help with a number of problems hospitalized patients experience, including pain, nausea, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, depression and more.

Yvette knows first-hand how beneficial acupuncture can be for cancer patients. While undergoing breast cancer treatment two years ago, she received acupuncture to manage the side effects. “It helped a great deal,” says Yvette. “Not just with pain, but also with fatigue.”

Gailon first used acupuncture at Seattle Children’s to relieve the discomfort caused by her tumor. “Acupuncture and acupressure helped manage the pain in addition to some of the other ways to manage pain,” says Gailon.-

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Integrative Cancer Care

Tumors have found a bloody new way to grow and spread

Tumors have found a bloody new way to grow and spread

(By Mitch Leslie, Jun. 16, 2016)

Researchers knew at the time that tumors can induce the endothelial cells of normal blood vessels to form new supply lines into a tumor, a process called angiogenesis. But Hendrix and her colleagues contended that tumor cells themselves sometimes create their own blood-delivering tubes, a mechanism they dubbed vasculogenic mimicry (also known as vascular mimicry).

Tumors have found a bloody new way to grow and spread

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Herbal Medicines

CRF receptor 1 antagonism and brain distribution of active components contribute to the ameliorative effect of rikkunshito on stress-induced anorexia

In conclusion, we demonstrated that the initiation of novelty stress-induced anorexia in aged mice is due to 5-HT2CR and CRFR1/MC4R activation. Our results also indicate that brain distributed components of RKT possessing CRFR1 and 5-HT2CR antagonistic activities may be partly involved in its ameliorative effect in this model. However, further investigation of other active components or combinations of these components is required to fully understand the effects of RKT.

Click here to see the paper.

Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 27516 (2016)

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Integrative Cancer Care

Preventable Incidence and Mortality of Carcinoma Associated With Lifestyle Factors Among White Adults in the United States

A substantial cancer burden may be prevented through lifestyle modification. Primary prevention should remain a priority for cancer control.

A healthy lifestyle pattern was defined as never or past smoking (pack-years <5), no or moderate alcohol drinking (≤1 drink/d for women, ≤2 drinks/d for men), BMI of at least 18.5 but lower than 27.5, and weekly aerobic physical activity of at least 75 vigorous-intensity or 150 moderate-intensity minutes.

Preventable Incidence and Mortality of Carcinoma Associated With Lifestyle Factors Among White Adults in the United States  (JAMA Oncol. Published online May 19, 2016)

 

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Integrative Cancer Care

Opioid switching in cancer pain: From the beginning to nowadays

No randomized controlled trials have investigated the efficacy of opioid switching. Recommendations are derived from retrospective or observational studies, so that evidence regarding efficacy of opioid switching is generally weak.

Source: Opioid switching in cancer pain: From the beginning to nowadays – Critical Reviews in Oncology / Hematology

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