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An extract of bee propolis (Feng Jiao) can slow the growth of prostate cancer tumours, American researchers have discovered.

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Chinese researchers have concluded that tai chi may be able to improve immune status in lung cancer survivors, and thereby potentially help to prevent tumour recurrence.

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Traditional acupuncture (TA) can reduce the frequency of hot flushes and night sweats (HF&NS), and improve physical and emotional well-being in women taking tamoxifen for breast cancer.

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Research into the cellular processes involved in prostate cancer suggests that an extract from the Chinese herb Lei Gong Teng (Radix Tripterygium wilfordii, Thunder God Vine) may be able to combat the disease.

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A multi-centre trial carried out in the UK has concluded that acupuncture can provide significant symptom relief for cancer patients with radiation-induced xerostomia.

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A study by UK researchers has found acupuncture to be effective at managing cancer-related fatigue (CRF).

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A study from the UK has found that breast tissue samples from women who underwent mastectomies for breast cancer contained traces of parabens (p-hydroxybenzoic acid), preservatives commonly used in deodorants, body lotions and other cosmetic products.

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Extracts from Chinese herbs are capable of reversing multi-drug resistance in cancer cells, which is currently a major obstacle to successful anti-cancer therapy.

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A case report from Taiwan warns that direct puncture of a metastatic lymph node by an acupuncture needle has led to cutaneous spread of the tumour.

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A sham-controlled feasibility trial has found that electro-acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) symptoms and improved quality of life.

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