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Acupuncture not helpful for hot flashes

Posted in News by Skepdude on April 7, 2009

Treatment doesn’t provide relief for menopausal symptoms, review finds

HONG KONG – Acupuncture may not help relieve hot flushes in women undergoing menopause, a review of past studies involving the practice has shown.

In a paper published in the journal Climacteric, researchers in South Korea and Britain said they trawled though medical literature exploring the efficacy of acupuncture in relieving hot flushes but evidence was scarce.

“Our findings provide no convincing evidence that acupuncture is beneficial for women suffering from menopausal hot flushes,” they wrote.

The researchers trawled through 106 papers in total, and narrowed down to six the ones they considered most relevant to the study. The six tested the effects of real acupuncture against the effects of sham acupuncture

Only one reported positive effects of acupuncture on the frequency and severity of hot flushes after four weeks of follow-up, while the other five showed no such effects.


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