Studies have confirmed that acupuncture is effective in treating certain aspects of cancer. The results of these studies are summarized as follows:
- Experiments with implanted mammary cancer on rats found that there were differences in pathological section, adenoid structure, lymphocytic infiltration and tumor volume between treatment groups and control groups. Acupuncture probably inhibits growth of mammary cancer and reduces malignancy.
- Acupuncture had a dramatic effect on xerostomia, dysphagia and articulation on cancer patients suffering from xerostomia. Release of neuropeptides that stimulate the salivary glands and increased blood flow are possible explanations.
- Acupuncture enhanced the cellular immunity of patients with malignant tumors: percentages of CD3+, CD4+, ratios of CD4+/CD8+, and the levels of beta-EP increased, while the levels of SI-2R decreased.
- Acupuncture was performed on breast and uterine cancer patients who had suffered skin injuries from radiation therapy. Radionuclide and rheographic studies as well as evaluation of hemostatic function showed acupuncture to be effective for edema and pain. It also improved lymph flow and rheovasographic indexes, and normalized stasis.