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Needle retention time does not affect the perceived benefits of acupuncture for oncology patients, according to research carried out in Australia. The retrospective study explored the effect of varying needle retention durations in 152 cancer patients who received either two, ten or 20 minutes of acupuncture once a week for six weeks. Patients received individualised treatment based on their main complaint and ongoing cancer treatment. They were allowed to take their usual medication and to include other treatment modalities during the study period. No significant differences were found between the three groups for any measured outcomes (anxiety and depression, stress, fatigue and quality of life). There were also no differences in satisfaction and perceived efficacy among the three groups. More than 95 per cent of participants indicated that they would recommend acupuncture to other cancer patients, friends and family members.

Acupuncture in Oncology: The Effectiveness of Acupuncture May Not Depend on Needle Retention Duration. Integr Cancer Ther. 2017 Oct 1:1534735417734912.


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