Studies Show That Acupuncture is Helpful for Treating Hot Flashes
More good news from the acupuncture research community. As detailed below, a scientific review of 100+ studies showed a definite relationship between using acupuncture and a reduction in the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
While this review does not draw conclusions on exactly how acupuncture helps reduce hot flashes, it does demonstrate that using acupuncture does have a positive effect. It is amazing to me the power of this ancient science.
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A review of more than 100 studies shows that menopausal women may benefit from acupuncture to treat hot flashes.
AsianScientist (Jul 22, 2014) – A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials published in Menopause indicates that acupuncture can affect the severity and frequency of hot flashes for women in natural menopause.
An extensive search of previous studies evaluating the effectiveness of acupuncture led by Dr. Chiu Hsiao-Yean of Taiwan Medical University uncovered 104 relevant studies, of which 12 studies with 869 participants met the specified inclusion criteria to be included in the present analysis. While the studies provided inconsistent findings on the effects of acupuncture on other menopause-related symptoms such as sleep problems, mood disturbances and sexual problems, they did conclude that acupuncture positively impacted both the frequency and severity of hot flashes.
Women experiencing natural menopause and aged between 40 and 60 years were included in the analysis, which evaluated the effects of various forms of acupuncture, including traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture (TCMA), acupressure, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture and ear acupuncture.
Although the study stopped short of explaining the exact mechanism underlying the effects of acupuncture on hot flashes, a theory was proposed to suggest that acupuncture caused a reduction in the concentration of β-endorphin in the hypothalamus, resulting from low concentrations of estrogen. These lower levels could trigger the release of CGRP, which affects thermoregulation.