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J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Jul;20(7):550-7. doi: 10.1089/acm.2012.0499. Epub 2014 May 14.

Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for hot flushes in menopause: a randomized trial.

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1 Referring Center for Complementary Medicine , Tuscany Region, San Donnino, Campi Bisenzio, Italy .

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on hot flushes and other menopause-related symptoms used in an integrated system, including such therapeutic techniques as diet therapy and Tuina self-massage.

DESIGN:

Randomized trial.

SETTING:

Outpatient center.

PARTICIPANTS:

One hundred women in spontaneous menopause with at least three episodes of hot flushes daily were randomly allocated to two treatment groups (50 per group): Women in group A were given diet, self-massage training, and treatment with acupuncture, and women in group B (the control group) were given the same diet and self-massage training, but treatment with acupuncture started 6 weeks after they were enrolled into the study.

INTERVENTION:

Acupuncture treatments were scheduled twice weekly for 6 consecutive weeks.

OUTCOME MEASURES:

Mean change in frequency and/or intensity in menopause-related symptoms were estimated by questionnaire after treatment at week 4.

RESULTS:

Treatment with acupuncture significantly reduced the occurrence of hot flushes and sudden sweating (p<.001). Other symptoms (sleep disorders, tightness in the chest, irritability, bone pain, feeling depressed) significantly improved.

CONCLUSIONS:

Acupuncture in an integrated system that includes therapeutic techniques such as diet therapy and Tuina self-massage can be used to treat hot flushes and selected symptoms in postmenopausal women.

PMID:
24827469
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2012.0499
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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