Acupuncture can help alleviate side-effects of drugs often used to treat breast cancer, even if it's not done correctly, a new study has found.
Researchers from the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore recruited 47 breast cancer survivors taking an aromatase inhibitor — which stops the enzyme that produces estrogen in postmenopausal women — and for eight weeks, had half the women go for weekly acupuncture treatments, while the other half received a fake acupuncture treatment that involved non-penetrating, retractable needles placed on non-acupuncture points.
Still, the research is important because it shows acupuncture helps with side-effects without negatively affecting the patient, researcher Ting Bao said.
The study was published online Monday in the journal Cancer.
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