Cupping Therapy as an Adjunctive Therapy for Side Effects of Colorectal Cancer Treatment: A Prospective Observational Study

Yan Wen Liu, Yu Li Su, Chia Lo Chang, Ming Yen Tsai*

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Abstract

Objective: The purpose of this study was to assess the effects of moving cupping therapy in people with colorectal cancer (CRC) experiencing chemotherapy-related side effects. Methods: A prospective observational study was conducted in people diagnosed with CRC who were treated for the side effects of their chemotherapy. Participants received cupping therapy 3 times a week for 10 consecutive weeks at our traditional Chinese medicine ward. Their quality of life and meridian energies were evaluated both at baseline and at 3 months after the treatment course. Results: Forty-six individuals with CRC were enrolled and 34 completed the study. The average number of cycles of chemotherapy during the study was 4.5. The mean number of moving cupping treatments was 25.7. After the moving cupping treatment program, participants exhibited significant improvements in quality of life, physical function, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, sleep disturbance, and pain. Conclusion: For the participants in this study, moving cupping therapy relieved some chemotherapy-related side effects and improved quality of life in people with CRC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)280-287
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Chiropractic Medicine
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 2022

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Keywords

  • Colorectal Neoplasms
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Cupping Therapy
  • Drug Therapy

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