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Acupuncture showed dramatic effect on xerostomia, dysphagia and articulation

A total of 20 patients (17 cancer patients) in late-stage palliative care reporting dryness of mouth and associated problems were treated for 5 weeks with 10 acupuncture treatments. Ten patients were also evaluated for speech problems (articulation) and dysphagia caused by xerostomia. Subjective assessments used Visual Analog Scales (VAS). Acupuncture had a dramatic effect on xerostomia and, subsequently, on dysphagia and articulation, with subjects showing definite improvement after 5 treatments. Release of neuropeptides that stimulate the salivary glands and increased blood flow are possible explanations for the effects.

Journal reference:
Rydholm M, Strang P. Acupuncture for patients in hospital-based home care suffering from xerostomia. Journal of Palliative Care 1999;15(4):20-23.

Acupuncture shows long-lasting effect in patients with dry mouth/xerostomia

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Acupuncture stimulates salivary flow in patients with dry mouth (xerostomia)

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