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Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2014;2014:217397. doi: 10.1155/2014/217397. Epub 2014 Jul 24.

Effects of acupuncture on leucopenia, neutropenia, NK, and B cells in cancer patients: a randomized pilot study.

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Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira No. 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal.
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Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira No. 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal ; Service of Emergency, Internal Medicine, Hospital Center of S. João, Oporto, Portugal.
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Service of Oncology, Hospital Center of S. João, Oporto, Portugal.
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Service of Clinical Pathology, Hospital Center of S. João, Oporto, Portugal ; ISPUP-EPI Unit, Institute of Public Health, University of Oporto, Portugal.
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Service of Clinical Pathology, Porto Hospital Center, Oporto, Portugal.
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Department of Oncology, Hospital Center of Vila Nova de Gaia/Espinho, Portugal.
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Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira No. 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal ; Oporto Biomechanics Laboratory, Portugal.
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Department of Pharmaceutical Biology, Institute of Pharmacy and Biochemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany.
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Instituto Ciências Biomédicas Abel Salazar, Universidade do Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira No. 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal ; Heidelberg School of Chinese Medicine, Germany.

Abstract

Chemotherapy is one of most significant therapeutic approaches to cancer. Immune system functional state is considered a major prognostic and predictive impact on the success of chemotherapy and it has an important role on patients' psychoemotional state and quality of life. In Chinese medicine, chemotherapy is understood as "toxic cold" that may induce a progressive hypofunctional state of immune system, thus compromising the fast recovery of immunity during chemotherapy. In this study, we performed a standardized acupuncture and moxibustion protocol to enhance immunity in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and to assess if the improvement of immunity status correlates with a better psychoemotional state and quality of life.

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