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J Tradit Chin Med. 2007 Mar;27(1):19-21.

Effects of electro-acupuncture on T cell subpopulations, NK activity, humoral immunity and leukocyte count in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

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  • 1Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion of Qilu Hospital, Shandong University, Jinan 250012, China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To observe the effects of electro-acupuncture on T cell subpopulations, natural killer cell (NK) activity, humoral immunity and leukocyte count in patients undergoing chemotherapy.

METHODS:

Electro-acupuncture was added for patients undergoing chemotherapy. Tests were done on T cell subpopulations, NK activity, humoral immunity and leukocyte count before treatment and after 4 courses of treatment. RESULTs: After 4 courses of treatment with chemotherapy and electro-acupuncture, no obvious changes were found in T cell subpopulations, NK activity, humoral immunity and leukocyte count (P > 0.05) as compared with those before treatment. Patients undergoing chemotherapy combined with electro-acupuncture showed obviously higher leukocyte count than that of the control group given no leukogenic drugs (P < 0.01).

CONCLUSION:

Electro-acupuncture may reduce immunologic damage caused by chemotherapy, thus it can be used as the auxiliary therapy for patients undergoing chemotherapy.

PMID:
17393618
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