Acupuncture for Hot Flashes


Hot flashes are a common symptom. Acupuncture is an effective therapy for treating hot flashes for postmenopausal women as well as cancer patients and survivors. Randomized controlled trials have shown a reduction in the number of hot flashes that participants experienced within several weeks of treatment. The majority of studies report more than 50% reduction of hot flashes in breast cancer patients after a course of acupuncture treatments.


In more studies:

  • Acupuncture reduced hot flashes and night sweats significantly

  • Acupuncture reduced hot flashes, day and night sweats, general sweating, sleep problems related to hot flashes, and emotional symptoms

  • Benefits from acupuncture lasted for over six months

References:


Lu, W., Dean-Clower, E., Doherty-Gilman, A., & Rosenthal, D. S. (2008). The value of acupuncture in cancer care. Hematology/oncology clinics of North America, 22(4), 631–viii. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hoc.2008.04.005

Lund, K. S., Siersma, V., Brodersen, J., & Waldorff, F. B. (2019). Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study). BMJ open, 9(1), e023637. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023637


Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2015, October 16). Acupuncture for Hot Flashes. Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hot-flashes/multimedia/vid-20078410.

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