Effect of Acupuncture on Xerostomia and Anxiety in Irradiate
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The combination of traditional treatment and acupuncture has a positive impact on xerostomia and anxiety in patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) undergoing radiation therapy.

The purpose of the current study by the journal Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology was to investigate the effect of acupuncture on xerostomia in irradiated head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients.

A preventive, two-arm, parallel, single-blind trial was performed. HNSCC patients were checked for eligibility, and 107 patients were enrolled in the study. The study comprised one group that did not receive the intervention and the interventional group that received traditional and auricular acupuncture. The primary outcome was the reduction of the patients' xerostomia after treatment. In addition, the secondary outcome was the reduction of anxiety.

The current acupuncture protocol reduced the xerostomia score and increased saliva volume and density without changing salivary pH. Additionally, acupuncture decreased the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) score after radiation therapy (RT).

Conclusively, combining traditional and auricular acupuncture reduced xerostomia and increased saliva volume without changing the saliva's pH in irradiated HNSCC patients. Additionally, the combination of traditional and auricular acupuncture reduced BAI scores.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oooo.2021.02.016
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