Acupuncture soothes in liver cancer

Acupuncture lessens depression, anxiety and insomnia in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma, according to new South Korean research.

The study randomised 24 HCC patients complaining of insomnia and depression to either acupuncture three times a week for four weeks or usual care.

Scores for insomnia, depression and anxiety all significantly decreased in the acupuncture group compared with controls.

Speaking at APASL 2014, study co-author Dr Byung Seok Kim said the study was of clinical importance as many drug therapies for depression affected liver function.

However liver