Acupuncture and Moxibustion as an Evidence-based Therapy for Cancer

  • William C.S. Cho

Part of the Evidence-based Anticancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine book series (ACAM, volume 3)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-1
  2. Tae-Young Choi, Myeong Soo Lee, Edzard Ernst
    Pages 1-18
  3. Jaung-Geng Lin, Yi-Hung Chen
    Pages 19-50
  4. Carole A. Paley, Mark I. Johnson
    Pages 51-65
  5. Francesco C. Peluso, Paul R. Graves, Hani Ashamalla
    Pages 67-82
  6. Raimond K. Wong, Stephen M. Sagar
    Pages 83-120
  7. Jillian L. Capodice, Mitchell C. Benson, Dawn L. Hershman
    Pages 153-181
  8. Jennifer A. Stone, Sarah C. Greene, Peter Johnstone
    Pages 183-197
  9. Namie O. Sawada, Liyoko Okino, Adriana C. Nicolussi
    Pages 199-221
  10. Steven K. H. Aung, Darcy L. Dennis, Jan T.W. Lim
    Pages 223-248
  11. Myeong Soo Lee, Tae-Hun Kim, Edzard Ernst
    Pages 249-264
  12. Ruixin Zhang, Lixing Lao
    Pages 291-311
  13. Jun J. Mao, Malini M. Khanna
    Pages 313-328
  14. Gary Deng, David Seto, Barrie Cassileth
    Pages 329-347
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 341-341

About this book

Introduction

Cancer is one of the leading killers in the world and the incidence is increasing, but most cancer patients and cancer survivors suffer much from the disease and its conventional treatments’ side effects. In the past, clinical data showed that some complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) possessed anticancer abilities, but some clinicians and scientists have queried about the scientific validity of CAM due to the lack of scientific evidence. There is great demand in narrowing the knowledge gap to explore the scientific and evidence-based knowledge of CAM in the anticancer field. With this aim, an unparalleled undertaking of a book series is launched to structurally consolidate this area.

Although acupuncture and moxibustion have been practiced for millennia, they have come under scientific investigation only recently. Acupuncture and moxibustion have been used clinically to treat cancer-related symptoms (e.g. cancer pain, anxiety, depression and insomnia), manage treatment-induced side effects (e.g. hot flashes, nausea and vomiting) and enhance immunity (e.g. blood cell count, lymphocyte and natural killer cell activity). This is the first book manages to provide comprehensive and updated scientific evidence of the effectiveness of acupuncture and moxibustion intervention for cancer care. Laboratory and animal studies have uncovered the mechanisms of acupuncture and moxibustion for cancer therapy. Promising results of most clinical trials show the efficacy and safety of acupuncture and moxibustion in cancer management. This book consists of fifteen chapters which address a range of important aspects that will impact on the application of acupuncture and moxibustion. An overview of the safety and side effects of acupuncture and moxibustion for cancer care are also covered. In addition, the integration of acupuncture with Western medicine in cancer treatment and recent clinical trials are included as well.

Opinion leaders around the world have teamed up to pursue a thorough and up-to-date review of the area, this volume will contribute great to the cancer, clinical and academic community by providing evidence-based information on the efficacy of acupuncture and moxibustion as an anticancer therapy.

Keywords

Acupuncture Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) Evidence-based medicine Moxibustion

Editors and affiliations

  • William C.S. Cho
    • 1
  1. 1.Dept. Clinical OncologyQueen Elizabeth HospitalKowloonHong Kong SAR

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-4833-0
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-94-007-4832-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-007-4833-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-0534
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-0542
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