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ABC News – Acupuncture.
It’s an old Chinese medical practice that continues to be used in new ways.
A study from the journal of the American Medical Association shows that doctors treating breast cancer are testing it for pain relief.
They measured the pain levels of women taking breast cancer drugs called aromatase inhibitors.
These important drugs can save lives, but a side effect is sometimes joint pain.
The women in the study, who had all gone into menopause, divided into three groups: some getting true acupuncture, some getting phony acupuncture, and some getting no acupuncture at all.
No one was taking any other pain medicines.
All of women did, thankfully, get some pain relief, but here’s the interesting part: the women getting the “Real deal” acupuncture had the best improvement —more than a 58% decrease in their pain.
The needle may indeed have a new niche — bringing cancer patients some relief instead of just another needle-stick.