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February 2018 (Vol. 28 Issue 11)

Acupuncture can halve rate of hot flashes for women going through the menopause
About the author: 
Bryan Hubbard

Acupuncture can halve rate of hot flashes for women going through the menopause image

The rate of flashes and night sweats went down after three or four treatments in half the women being tested, say researchers, who tested the therapy on a group of 170 menopausal women who were suffering at least four hot flashes or night sweats a day.

Although the average reduction was 47 per cent, nearly 12 per cent of the women reported their flashes had stopped almost completely—although half the women said there was no improvement in the problem.

The women had up to 20 acupuncture treatments in six months; most whose rate of flashes decreased started seeing an improvement after three sessions.

Acupuncture has to be worth a try, say the researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine. “It’s a relatively low-cost, low-risk treatment,” said lead researcher Nancy Avis, “and women will know pretty quickly if acupuncture will work for them. Women who had a reduction in their hot flashes saw a benefit beginning after about three to four weeks.”


References

(Source: Menopause, 2016; 1: doi: 10.1097/GME.0000000000000735)

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