Is Acupuncture effective for Peripheral Neuropathy?

In a 2006 Canadian study entitled “Acupuncture treatment for chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy–a case series” acupuncture was utilized in five cases to reduce neuropathic pain in cancer patients.   The acupuncture treatment was deemed effective in these cases where medication had failed.

And finally, in a Chinese study involving 90 participants, those receiving total body or wrist and ankle acupuncture has significantly improved blood sugar and lipids, decreased blood viscosity, and improved functions of peripheral nerve cells, thus resulting in therapeutic effects for diabetic peripheral neuritis when compared to the control group.  The study also found no significant difference between the total body group and the ankle and wrist treatment group.

This sampling of the research in the use of acupuncture for the treatment of peripheral neuropathy is very encouraging.  Because of the minimal side effects of acupuncture compared to pharmaceutical treatment optionsFind Article, acupuncture should be considered as a reasonable treatment option for symptoms of peripheral neuropathy.

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