- Question from CarolW: I utilize acupressure treatment to combat pain and nerve damage from sentinel node biopsy and also use guided imagery, specifically Dr. Bernie Siegel's tapes and CDs. Any comment on those?
- Answers - Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. There is a clinical trial that was performed in southern California using guided imagery in a pre-operative setting. The study looked at women undergoing hysterectomies, and the groups were divided into those patients receiving standard preoperative nursing instructions, and those patients receiving guided imagery tapes or CDs to use the week before surgery, the day before surgery, and immediately before surgery. The study showed a decrease in the number of days admitted to the hospital, an average of $2,000 less in charges per patient, and an overall sense of well-being that was expressed by the patients participating in the guided imagery. The usage of pain medicine was also decreased in the guided imagery group. I have not listened to Dr. Seigel's tapes or CDs, but if they are a source of a healing modality that is helping to combat and treat pain from the sentinel node biopsy, then I can certainly see how they can be effective given the results of other trials looking at guided imagery.
- Lorenzo Cohen Acupressure can be very useful for helping to combat different forms of pain. We know from research that it is not necessary to puncture the skin to get some of the benefits that come from the knowledge of Chinese meridian-based systems on which acupuncture is based.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Complementary Medicine Techniques Part 3 featured Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D. and moderator Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. answering your questions about different types of complementary techniques and how they can help during and after breast cancer treatment.
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