Studies find that acupuncture cools hot flushes

An article that I stumbled across this week in Medscape Medical News which is an online mainstream medical news publication discussed the findings of a study which demonstrated acupuncture’s effectiveness in treating hot flushes in women associated with cancer drug therapy.

There were 120 participants in the trial whereby either electro acupuncture, gabbapentin (an anti-epeleptic medication), sham acupuncture and placebo treatments were administered over an 8 week period. At the end of the 8 weeks and again later at 24 weeks the results showed acupuncture was the most effective at reducing the hot flushes and maintaining that reduction even 16 weeks after acupuncture treatments ceased.

Studies have also demonstrated that acupuncture can be helpful in reducing cancer treatment related nausea.