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2020 May

Complement Ther Clin Pract


Effect of wrist-ankle acupuncture therapy combined with auricular acupuncture on cancer pain: A four-parallel arm randomized controlled trial.


Xu L-P, Yang S-L, Su S-Q, Huang B-X, Lan X-M, Yao R-J
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2020 May; 39:101170.
PMID: 32379695.


Cancer pain affects the quality of life of cancer patients; therefore, various methods exist for alleviating the adverse effects caused by cancer pain. Nonpharmacological intervention is regarded as an important means of auxiliary therapy for drug treatment, with acupuncture receiving the most attention; However, there are numerous types of acupuncture therapies, including acupuncture, wrist-ankle acupuncture (WAA) and auricular acupuncture (AA). Previous studies have demonstrated that all types of acupuncture therapy can alleviate cancer pain. However, the effects and pathways of different acupuncture treatments are not similar, and it is unknown whether single therapy or combination therapy has better analgesic effects. This study aimed to examine the effect of WAA therapy combined with AA on cancer pain.