There are no evidence what so ever for effectiveness of acupuncture in treatment of lung cancer of any sort. It is imperative, that such diagnosis should be followed by conventional treatment.

Nonetheless in 2013 American College of Chest Physicians published third edition of guidelines for complementary therapies based on scientific studies(source)1. Authors suggest that acupuncture can be used as remedy for vomiting and nausea caused by chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and also pain and peripheral neuropathy in treatment in which control over those symptoms is insufficient.

Also in 2013 scholars from Montreal published results of experiment concerning the efficiency of acupuncture in addressing issues relative to the same disease and its treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. (source)2 there was no control group in this study, nor it was randomized . During therapy significant improvement was notised in areas of pain, nausea, nervousness, depression and drowsiness. Apetite, strength and general wellbeing also reached higher level. Reduction of pain and improvement of wellbeing could be measured (2 points in ESAS scale).


1 Deng GE, Rausch SM, Jones LW, Gulati A, Kumar NB, Greenlee H, Pietanza MC, Cassileth BR. “Complementary therapies and integrative medicine in lung cancer: diagnosis and management of lung cancer, 3rd ed: American College of Chest Physicians evidence-based clinical practice guidelines”. Chest. 2013 May;143(5 Suppl):e420S-36S.

2 Kasymjanova G, Grossman M, Tran T, Jagoe RT, Cohen V, Pepe C, Small D, Agulnik J. “The potential role for acupuncture in treating symptoms in patients with lung cancer: an observational longitudinal study.” Curr Oncol. 2013 Jun;20(3):152-7