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Acupuncture reduces hot flushes in women after menopause

Acupuncture plus self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in hot flushes in postmenopausal women, a Norwegian study has found.

The randomised controlled trial of 267 postmenopausal women with an average of seven or more hot flushes a day for seven consecutive days received either acupuncture and advice on self care, while the control group received advice on self care only.

Hot flush frequency decreased by 5.8 per 24 hours in the acupuncture group and 3.7 per 24 hours in the control group, a significant difference of 2.1 per day. The acupuncture group also significantly improved their sleep, somatic and vasomotor function.

Menopause 2009;16(3):484-493.

Acupuncture plus self care found to cut hot flushes

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