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Electrical acupuncture stimulation helpful in palliative lung cancer care

Transcutaneous electrical acupuncture stimulation (TEAS) can reduce anxiety, promote rehabilitation and increase quality of life (QoL) in lung cancer patients receiving palliative care. A total of 188 participants were enrolled by Chinese investigators into three groups; a TEAS group, who received palliative care plus electrical stimulation at Zusanli ST-36, Sanyinjiao SP-6 and Hegu L.I.-4, a sham group who received palliative care plus electrical stimulation at non-acupoints, and a control group who received palliative care alone, for a seven day period. Anxiety scores decreased significantly in the TEAS group after treatment, while there were no significant improvement in the sham group. QoL scores also showed significant improvement in the TEAS group.

The Effectiveness of Electrical Acupuncture Stimulation in Reducing Levels of Self-reported Anxiety of Lung Cancer Patients during Palliative Care: A Pilot Study. Iran J Public Health. 2017 Aug;46(8):1054-1061.


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