Acupuncture for xerostomia: clinical update.

  title={Acupuncture for xerostomia: clinical update.},
  author={Peter A. S. Johnstone and Richard C. Niemtzow and Robert H. Riffenburgh},
  volume={94 4},
BACKGROUND In the authors' clinic, patients with xerostomia after radiation therapy for malignancy have been offered acupuncture as potential palliation of their symptoms since November 1999. Preliminary data revealed that many patients achieve relief, even for symptoms refractory to pilocarpine therapy. METHODS Acupuncture technique has been refined since the authors' previous publication. Originally described as a two-step process, a single treatment with eight needles is now used. Three… CONTINUE READING