Important to know: Chronic health conditions should be addressed under direct medical supervision of your GP or consultant, and acupuncture would be an adjunct or complement to usual care.
Acupuncture can be used alongside the conventional medical care as an adjunct for wellbeing and symptomatic issues, where appropriate. The role of this, in partnership with the GP, consultant and caregivers is to complement the conventional treatments.
Acupuncture may support the patient to help relieve symptoms such as fatigue, pain, hot flushes, emotional issues, nausea, xerostomia, cachexia, and weakness.
References: British Acupuncture Council evidence based factsheet about Cancer Care including specific research, trials and mechanisms of action for acupuncture in this condition.
About the research: It is worth noting that in research, randomised controlled studies (RCT) are the most reliable in terms of quality of evidence, with a systematic review or meta analysis of numerous studies being the best way of seeing the overall picture of the state of the evidence. Below we have a selection of the available research, which does include some larger RCTs, and reviews of the literature alongside smaller studies. The n= figure tells you how many people were participants in the study.