Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) and Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea (CID)

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As we mentioned last week, the reason chemotherapy wreaks such havoc on the digestive tract is that it unintentionally targets many of the fast-dividing cells that line the mouth, stomach and bowels. But as uncomfortable and harmful as chemotherapy-induced diarrhea (CID) and other side effects are, an oncologist’s first responsibility is to treat the cancer.…

How Acupuncture Can Help with Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea (CID)

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Last month, we discussed an unpleasant and uncomfortable side effect of both cancer treatments and the opioids prescribed to help with them: constipation. Perhaps counterintuitively, those same cancer treatments can also cause diarrhea. Since the gastrointestinal tract is such a complex bodily system, aggressive cancer-fighting treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can easily throw it out…

Studies Link Acupuncture and Relief from Diarrhea

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Suffering from frequent or regular diarrhea? Worried about your hydration and electrolyte levels? Concerned that your quality of life is (literally) going down the tubes? Here’s some good news: studies have shown that as few as 10 acupuncture sessions can seriously improve sufferers’ bowel health, without resorting to side-effect heavy drugs.   Brain imaging for…

How Acupuncture Can Help with Chemotherapy-Induced Diarrhea (CID)

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Last month, we discussed an unpleasant and uncomfortable side effect of both cancer treatments and the opioids prescribed to help with them: constipation. Perhaps counterintuitively, those same cancer treatments can also cause diarrhea. Since the gastrointestinal tract is such a complex bodily system, aggressive cancer-fighting treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can easily throw it out…

Constipation & Acupuncture: A Systematic Review

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Last week, we spoke specifically about a study that targeted tumor patients suffering from acute opioid-induced constipation (OIC) and its effective treatment with acupuncture. This week, let’s zoom out a little.   Many studies corroborate the finding that acupuncture can mitigate a variety of the side effects that result from opioid use, but a recent…

A Closer Look: Study Shows Acupuncture’s Positive Effects on OIC

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Last week, we discussed how a common and under-treated side effect of opioid use–opioid-induced constipation (OIC)–can undermine the very quality of life the opioids are meant to promote. But it doesn’t have to be this way.   Even if acupuncture alone can’t replace opioid use in your personal pain management plan, it has been proven…

Acupuncture: A Cure for Opioid-Induced Constipation (OIC)?

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We’ve spent a lot of time talking about how acupuncture can be used to treat pain itself, either in lieu of, or in combination with more commonly prescribed opioid medications. But what about some of the very real, very unpleasant side effects of these drugs?   Amidst a battery of other negative side effects, opioid-induced…

Studies Seek to Clarify Why Acupuncture Relieves Pain

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            As we’ve discussed in previous posts, the medical community and recent studies agree on two things: 1. Pain after surgery is all too common and often unnecessary, yet it remains difficult to manage for hospitals and doctors. 2. Acupuncture has been found to reduce postoperative pain, the need for…

Acupuncture & Post-Op Pain: A Systematic Review

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  Throughout medical history, doctors have tried all sorts of strategies to relieve and manage pain, particularly in the aftermath of a surgical procedure. And while a bevy of studies have focused on the variety of ways that acupuncture has been used to treat patients in recovery, one team set out to gather and analyze…

Post-Surgery Pain and Healing: Acupuncture Can Help

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Surgery is a serious, painful business, even when successful, and managing your recovery can be as delicate and important as the procedure itself. Currently, the use of opioids is the most broadly accepted way to treat postoperative pain, but the benefits of these drugs come with a host of side effects that range from the…

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