Acupuncture and traditional Oriental medicine in the treatment of HIV and AIDS

STEP Perspect. Spring 1996;8(1):2-3.


AIDS: Acupuncture, a Chinese medical therapy which uses fine needles to alleviate symptoms, is being used as a complement to drug therapy in some patients. It provides relief for some problems that are caused by disease pathogens or are side effects of drug treatments. Symptoms relieved by acupuncture include night sweats, diarrhea, vomiting, digestive difficulty, insomnia, anxiety, muscle pain, and other symptoms. A related treatment called moxibustion is sometimes used, which applies heat through the acupuncture needles. Herbal formulas are also used to complement acupuncture.

Publication types

  • Newspaper Article

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Medicine, Chinese Traditional*
  • Moxibustion