-- Robert Preidt
TUESDAY, March 8 (HealthDay News) -- Acupuncture may help reduce
the severity of hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause,
according to a small study.
The research included 53 postmenopausal women, with about half
receiving traditional Chinese acupuncture twice a week and the
others given sham acupuncture treatments.
After 10 weeks, the women in the traditional acupuncture group
had significantly less severe hot flashes and mood swings than
those who'd gotten the fake treatment. There were no differences
between the two groups in terms of vaginal dryness and urinary
The beneficial effects of traditional acupuncture, according to
the researchers, did not appear to be associated with changes in
levels of hormones that trigger menopause and its associated
The findings were published online March 7 in
Acupuncture in Medicine.
Though the researchers acknowledged that they did not monitor
how long symptom relief lasted, they suggested that traditional
acupuncture may offer an alternative for women who can't or don't
want to use hormone replacement therapy to ease menopause
The U.S. National Women's Health Information Center has more
treating menopause symptoms.
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