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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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An integrative medicine approach in the inpatient oncology setting can significantly decrease medication use, resulting in substantial cost savings for hospitals.

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A meta-analysis from Hong Kong has provided strong evidence that the fungus Yun Zhi (Coriolus versicolor) can increase survival rates in cancer patients, particularly those suffering from carcinoma of the breast, stomach and colon.

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The results of a small preliminary study carried out in the UK suggest that acupuncture may be of use in the management of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN).

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An exploratory study from the UK suggests that acupuncture and moxibustion can help improve quality of life for cancer survivors with lymphoedema.

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Acupuncture given concurrently with radiotherapy can significantly reduce xerostomia (dry mouth) and improve quality of life for patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma.

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Tai chi can help prevent weight gain and maintain lean body mass in breast cancer survivors by stabilising insulin levels, say American researchers.

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US authors have formulated an ‘acupuncture immuno-enhancement hypothesis’ to account for the ability of acupuncture to enhance anti-cancer immune function.

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