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Acupuncture may not help hot flushes

23 February 2016

A study from Australia reported in January 2016 showed that the needling effect of acupuncture may not reduce hot flushes. 327 women aged over 40 and who were experiencing hot flushes were randomised to receiving standardised needle acupuncture or sham version which did not actually involve needle insertion. By the end of the study, both groups had reductions in hot flushes of around 40%. Other outcomes of quality of life, anxiety and depression were similar for both groups.

While acupuncture has been shown to be effective for chronic pain, and tension headaches, it cannot be recommended for the treatment of hot flushes.

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