Acupressure Relieves Symptoms in Cancer Survivors

Acupressure has been practiced as part of traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Different pressure points along the body are activated by touch, promoting blood flow and releasing tension. According to a new study, self-acupressure also alleviates the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and pain that can plague breast cancer survivors. In this study, published in JNCI Cancer Spectrum, 288 women were randomly separated into three groups of treatments: relaxing acupressure, stimulating...

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Acupuncture and Acupressure Shown to Relieve Cancer Pain

Acupuncture and acupressure for cancer pain are associated with decreased pain and reduced use of analgesics, according to a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials now published in JAMA Oncology. Over 70% of patients with cancer experience pain. For almost half of these patients, that pain is not sufficiently controlled. Pharmacologic interventions can provide effective pain relief, but they can have adverse effects, and the use of opioids poses a substantial risk of addiction. In light of ...

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Using Acupressure to Manage Anxiety, Depression, and Pain in Breast Cancer Survivors: An Interview With Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH

Breast cancer survivors are at an increased risk of developing a myriad of symptoms, including anxiety, depression, pain, and fatigue. Acupressure has been practiced for thousands of years as part of traditional Chinese medicine. In a recent study, Suzanna Zick, ND, MPH, and colleagues have demonstrated that acupressure decreases symptoms of depression, anxiety, pain, and fatigue in breast cancer survivors. In an interview with i3 Health, Dr. Zick spoke about these findings and discussed ways to...

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