My Facebook friends are going a bit crazy over this one:
UT MD Anderson Study Finds Acupuncture Can Prevent Radiation-Induced Chronic Dry Mouth
When given alongside radiation therapy for head and neck cancer, acupuncture has shown for the first time to reduce the debilitating side effect of xerostomia, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center.
The study, published in the journal Cancer, reported findings from the first randomized controlled trial of acupuncture for the prevention of xerostomia.
Xerostomia, or severe dry mouth, is characterized by reduced salivary flow, which commonly affects patients receiving radiotherapy for head and neck cancer. Most current treatments are palliative and offer limited benefit, according to Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor in MD Anderson’s Departments of General Oncology and Behavioral Science and director of the Integrative Medicine Program.
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I simply wished to participate, so I commented that leeches have be proven to cure depression. We know this because patients rarely come back for follow-up treatments! Leeches are even approved by the FDA.
If you have never heard Tim Minchin’s beat poem “Storm” this is a good time. (There are a couple of naughty words mixed in with a lot of good wisdom, so you be the judge if you want the kiddos to listen).
When is alternative medicine, medicine? Do you agree with Tim Minchin or Storm?