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Acupuncture appears helpful at easing hot flashes

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There's more evidence that acupuncture may provide relief from common symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes. In a small study, researchers from the Ankara Training and Research Hospital in Turkey randomized 53 postmenopausal women to receive real or sham acupuncture and, as WebMD reports, they found:

The women who received traditional acupuncture had significantly lower scores on the scale of menopausal symptoms after 10 weeks, compared to those in the sham treatment group.

Researchers also found that the severity of hot flashes and psychological symptoms decreased significantly in the traditional acupuncture group after 10 weeks compared to the sham acupuncture group.

The study, which appears in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, follows a small Stanford study showing that the ancient healing practice reduced the severity of nocturnal hot flashes in women with menopause.

Previously: Acupuncture may reduce hot flashes in breast cancer patients
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