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Yale Cancer Center: Acupuncture Improves Immune Function

A tiny excerpt from a study done by Yale Cancer Center on how Acupuncture helps improve the Immune Function.  The focus is on cancer patients, who need their immune function so very much!  

Human/Clinical Studies Effect of Acupuncture on Immune Function

At least seven human studies have evaluated the effect of acupuncture on immune system function in patients withcancer. These studies were all conducted in China. Five were reported in English, and two were reported in Chinese with English abstracts.

Four randomized controlled trials, a nonrandomized clinical study, and two case series found that acupuncture enhanced or regulated immune function.

A second study involved a group of 40 postoperative cancer patients, 20 of whom received daily acupuncture treatment and 20 of whom served as a control group. After 3 days, leukocyte phagocytosis was enhanced in the treated group, compared with the baseline measurement (P < .01); no such enhancement was observed in the control group.

A third study observed the effect of acupuncture on interleukin-2 (IL-2) and natural killer (NK) cell activity in theperipheral blood of patients with malignant tumors. The patients were divided into an acupuncture treatment group (n = 25), which received 30 minutes of acupuncture daily for 10 days, and a nonacupuncture control group (n = 20). The data showed that IL-2 level and NK cell activity were significantly increased in the acupuncture group, compared with the control group (P < .01).

In another clinical case series, 48 patients with leukopenia—including two cancer patients—who were treated with manual acupuncture experienced improvements in leukocyte count, intracutaneous phytohemagglutinin (PHA), andimmunoglobulin (IgG, IgA, and IgM) levels after 14 daily acupuncture treatments, compared with their pretreatment levels.

Here is the original link: http://medicine.yale.edu/cancer/patient/programs/hematology/info/info.aspx?id=CDR445441



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