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Acupressure for cancer fatigue

Discussion in 'Other Health News and Research' started by charles shepherd, Jul 7, 2016.

  1. charles shepherd

    charles shepherd Senior Member

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    Acupressure for cancer fatigue

    From the health section of the (UK) Daily Mail today:

    Cancer survivors could help reduce symptoms of tiredness and exhaustion with a simple do-it-yourself treatment, scientists have found.
    Chronic fatigue is a common long-lasting effect of breast cancer treatment, with around a third of patients suffering moderate to severe levels for up to 10 years after the cancer is gone.
    But a study has found that using acupressure – stimulation of specific pressure points on the body – can alleviate symptoms by around a third in just six weeks.
    Results of the University of Michigan study found two thirds of women who had moderate to severe fatigue returned to normal tiredness levels by using a form of the treatment known as relaxing acupressure.

    More here:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/a...ronic-fatigue-saw-symptoms-improve-weeks.html

    A few weeks ago I reported on the use of acupressure as a non drug treatment for nausea, where there is some fairly good research evidence:

    http://www.meassociation.org.uk/201...ions-that-are-worth-considering-29-june-2016/

    Whilst remaining sceptical about a role for acupressure for ME/CFS related fatigue, cancer fatigue does have some interesting overlaps with ME/CFS, and it would be interesting to hear from anyone who uses acupressure in relation to ME/CFS or treats patients who have ME/CFS with acupressure

    Overlap between cancer fatigue and ME/CFS:

    https://biblio.ugent.be/publication/2010681
     
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    wdb Senior Member

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    This is the study
    http://oncology.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2532352

    It was a mostly un-blinded treatment vs no treatment (no placebo control) study with subjective measures.

     
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    wdb Senior Member

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    Relaxing vs Stimulating Acupressure for Fatigue Among Breast Cancer Patients: Lessons to be Learned
    James Coyne
     
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