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Does acupuncture reduce hot flushes?

23 September 2016

Acupuncture has often be used as a treatment for hot flushes but effectiveness is unclear. A group in Australia studied the effect of acupuncture compared to sham acupuncture in a randomised trial.

327 women who were older than age 40 and were having at least 7 hot flushes per day were randomly assigned to Chinese medicine acupuncture or noninsertive sham acupuncture. 10 treatments were given over 8 weeks and the women were assessed for number of hot flushes at 4 weeks, the end of treatment and then 3 and 6 months after the end of treatment.

Results showed no difference in the hot flush scores between the groups, concluding that Chinese medicine acupuncture was no better than noninsertive sham acupuncture for reducing hot flushes.

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