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J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Jul;16(7):811-6. doi: 10.1089/acm.2009.0456.

Acupuncture treatment for persistent hiccups in patients with cancer.

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  • 1Division of Intramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA. age@mail.nih.gov

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of acupuncture treatment for persistent hiccups in cancer patients.

DESIGN:

The study design was a retrospective case series.

SETTINGS/LOCATION:

The study setting was the Clinical Research Center of the National Institutes of Health.

SUBJECTS:

The subjects were 16 adult male patients ages 27-71 with cancer, with persistent hiccups.

INTERVENTIONS:

There were one to three acupuncture sessions over a 1-7-day period.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Treatment efficacy was measured using a hiccup assessment instrument pre- and post-treatment. The effects of acupuncture on common symptoms reported by all patients were also evaluated.

RESULTS:

Thirteen (13) patients experienced complete remission of persistent hiccups (p < 0.0001); 3 patients experienced decreased hiccups severity. Significant improvement was observed in discomfort (p < 0.0001), distress (p < 0.0001), and fatigue (p = 0.0078).

CONCLUSIONS:

This case series demonstrates that acupuncture may be a clinically useful, safe, and low-cost therapy for persistent hiccups in patients with cancer.

PMID:
20575702
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PMCID:
PMC3035062
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