Results of a Pilot Study by Barrie R. Cassileth.
Cancer 2013 July 1; 119 (13): 2455-2461.
Acupuncture for BCRL appears safe and may reduce arm circumference. Although these results await confirmation in a randomized trial, acupuncture can be considered for women with no other options for sustained arm circumference reduction.
Q: Do I need a referral from my doctor to see an acupuncturist?
A: No. According to the New York State Education Law, Article 160, acupuncturists are independent health care providers; patients do no need a physician referral to receive treatment from a licensed acupuncturist.
Q: Does it hurt?
A: No. Meridians or energy channels are not nerve systems. Acupuncture points on the meridians avoid major arteries, veins, and nerves. Patient may feel a little pinch, heaviness, distention, or tingling.
Q: Are the needles clean?
A: We use disposable needle only. Needles will no be saved and reused for later treatment. This eliminates the possibility of transmitting a communicable disease by a contaminated needle. Acupuncture needles are solid, no coating and no injection.
Q: Is there anything I need to do before receiving an acupuncture treatment?
A: Yes, the following suggestions will help you get the maximum benefit from your treament.
- Maintain good personal hygiene to reduce the possibility of bacterial infection
- To prevent loss, do not wear jewelry. Wear loose clothing. Women should not wear one piece dresses. Avoid wearing tight stockings.
- Avoid treatment when excessively fatigued, hungry, full, or emotionally upset.
Q: Is there anything I need to do while receiving acupuncture?
A: Yes. You need to relax, relax, relax!
- Anxiety may interfere with the energy flow and reduce the effect of the treatment
- Do no change your position or move suddenly. If you are uncomfortable, tell your practitioner