Clinical Results on Acupuncture in Cancer-Treatment

Notes from my Casebook

By Are S. Thoresen DVM
Veterinarian acupuncturist homeopath osteopath agronomist


In 1984 I first tried out a new method in treating cancer, with very promising results in a Dachshund (Thoresen 2002). The dog had mammary cancer (multiple tumours along the nipple line) and had begun to develop dyspnoea - it probably had several lung metastases. I treated LV03 (see rationale below), and in a few weeks the tumours had disappeared almost completely. The dog died several years later from a kidney deficiency.

Also, in 1995 I treated a horse with Equine Sarcoid (a cancer-syndrom in horses, usually incurable) with good results (the cancer disappeared completely), published in the Journal of the Norwegian veterinary Society, “Norsk Veterinærtidsskrift” (Thoresen 1995).

Since 1984, I have treated 600 patients, both animals and humans, with all kinds of cancer. Due to the possibility to make an exact meridian diagnosis (on which acupuncture meridian the cancer is situated or started) as required according to the method described in this article, the results were very good in mammary cancer. For the same reason, the results also were very good in melanosarcoma. Results in lymphosarcoma and brain cancer were good, but not as good as in mammary cancer and melanosarcoma. However, my results in liver cancer were not good; the healing rate was zero in the few liver cancers that I have treated.


Certain bodily processes or functions, called “feed-back-mechanisms”, control several, if not all, other bodily functions and processes. This is seen on many levels.

Current conventional treatment of cancer relies mainly on radical surgery, cytotoxic chemotherapy, radiation treatment and attempts to boost immune function by chemical immunostimulation, administering biotechnologically produced specific antibodies, or purified interferon, etc. Research on gene-based therapy is in the early stages. Many of these treatments induce severe adverse effects in the patient, and some of these effects can compromise normal organic function, and lead directly to the death of the patient. For example, some patients given cytotoxic chemotherapy develop myocardial hepatic or kidney lesions that can seriously compromise their lives.

Therefore I will, in this article, argue that it is possible to treat cancer by stimulating the adequate control mechanisms, and by such control cancer with the sole use of acupuncture.

The potential of acupuncture in affecting the immunological system has been shown (Kim et al, 2002, Rogers et al, 1992). These studies report substantial increases of T-lymphocyte proliferation, increase in NK-cell activity, activation of the complementary system, heat-stable mitogenic humoral factors and increase in OKT4 cells. The proofs of effect from acupuncture at the physiological and biochemical level have been very convincing, and acupuncture has for that reason been combined with chemotherapy in cancer treatment trials (Shen & Glapsy, 2001).

Material and methods

Over the past 21 years, I have developed an acupuncture protocol to treat cancer-patients, animal and human. My protocol in cancer therapy uses the controlling functions of acupuncture.

to control cancer of the spleen or stomach. Also of tissues along the course of these meridians, for example cancer of the lower medial tibia (where the SP-meridian passes), or mammary cancer (ST-meridian passes through the nipple).

to control cancer of the kidney or bladder. Also of the adrenal gland, ovary, oviduct, uterus, cervix, vagina, testicle, spermatic ducts, seminal vesicle, prostate, penis (all directly related to the kidney), or cancer of the tissues along the course of these meridians, for example cancer close to the sacrum.

I change my protocol if clinical improvement does not occur within two weeks.

Cancer treatment in practice

One must make an exact meridian-diagnosis by a simple observation of where the tumour has arisen in relation to the acupuncture-meridians.

To bring most cancers under control usually takes 1-3 acupuncture sessions, at inter-session intervals of circa 4 weeks, range but treatment of very severe cancers may continue for 1-2 years.


The 16 veterinary cases described below were from an unbroken sequential series, selected from my casebook by date of presentation between April 2003 and 2004; they were not “cherry-picked” to show the best outcomes. The total number of patients during this time was greater, but for this article I have only referred the veterinary cases. Also patients treated before April 22nd 2003 that came in for follow-up from treatment or further examination were included. Results regarding the patients are updated and continued until April 2004.