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



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.

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.

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. (2015, October 16). Acupuncture for Hot Flashes. Mayo Clinic.