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Acupuncture for sleep, fatigue and depression

Clinical trial, built upon other research that the therapy helps reduce joint pain, reports acupuncture found to produce "significant improvements" in fatigue, anxiety and depression in a little as 8 weeks.

Cancer journal

Using Electroacupuncture (EA), a form of acupuncture where small electrical currents are passed through the acupuncture needles, on a group of women with early stage breast cancer, the clinical trial reports to show "significant improvements" in fatigue, anxiety and depression.

The group were being treated with aromatase inhibitors (AI) which caused joint pain in half of patients. Secondary side effects of AI's were depression, fatigue and anxiety. Having improved joint pain in previous studies the researchers wanted to find out if acupuncture could help with the secondary side effects also.

If you want to find out more you can read the article that appeared in the Cancer Journal 2014.