The safety of acupuncture in children and adolescents with cancer therapy-related thrombocytopenia
- 279 Downloads
Acupuncture is frequently used to manage the side effects associated with cancer therapy. In acupuncture practice, the presence of thrombocytopenia is a relative contraindication to acupuncture use among patients with cancer. However, the safety of acupuncture in patients with cancer treatment-related thrombocytopenia has not been previously investigated.
Medical records of 32 patients receiving acupuncture at an academic medical center with an established acupuncture program during treatment for cancer or during stem cell transplantation were reviewed.
Of 237 acupuncture sessions, 20%, 8%, and 19% of the sessions were administered to patients with severe, moderate, and mild thrombocytopenia, respectively. No bleeding side effects were observed.
This retrospective case series provides descriptive data on the safety of acupuncture using Japanese J-type Seirin needles, with mild manual stimulation administered at 0.5-cun depth in patients with cancer with and without thrombocytopenia. Prospective trials are needed to confirm these initial observations.
KeywordsThrombocytopenia Acupuncture Complementary/alternative therapies Pediatric and adolescents
- 2.National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. (2007) An Introduction to Acupuncture. NCCAMGoogle Scholar
- 3.Xinnong C (2003) Chinese acupuncture and moxibustion, revised edn. Foreign Language Press, BeijingGoogle Scholar
- 4.Taromina K, Ladas E, Rooney D, Hughes D, Kelly K (2006) A Retrospective review investigating the feasibility of acupuncture as a supportive care agent in a pediatric oncology service. In: Society for Integrative Oncology, Annual Meeting November 9, 2006.Google Scholar
- 7.Lu T (2003) Treatment of aplastic anemia with acupuncture. Medical Acupuncture 15:40–42Google Scholar