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Cancer pain can be alleviated with electro-acupuncture (EA), although the onset of pain relief is slow compared to drug therapy, report Chinese researchers who allocated 65 patients with pain due to advanced hepatocellular carcinoma to either EA treatment or a transdermal fentanyl patch. The EA treatment was administered at points including Baihui DU-20, Quchi L.I.-11, Neiguan P-6, Xuehai SP-10, Zusanli ST-36 and Sanyinjiao SP-6, once a day for seven days. A significant decrease in pain scores did not occur until day 3 of treatment in the EA group, however by day 4 of treatment pain scores were not significantly different between the two groups. The incidence of minor adverse reactions was similar in both groups.

Clinical analysis of electroacupuncture and multiple acupoint stimulation in relieving cancer pain in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. J Cancer Res Ther. 2018 Jan;14(1):99-102.


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