Acupuncture Improves Hot Flashes
A new study finds that acupuncture may be helpful in reducing the symptoms of menopause. 70 women were randomly selected to receive either weekly acupucture at the start of the study or a control group that did not receive acupuncture until the end of the study.
Women who received acupuncture in this study reported significant improvements in their menopause symptoms. One of the most significant improvements was seen in hot flashes.
Hot flashes are a common and uncomfortable symptom of menopause. Hot flashes include sudden feelings of heat accompanied by sweating and skin flushing.
On a scale of 0-6, patients who received acupuncture reported a 2.4/6 after 6 weeks compared to a 3.8 in the control group that did not receive acupuncture. This improvement was seen as early as 3 weeks into the study, showing that just 3 treatments may be enough to help many patients.
Randomized Controlled Trials
Acupuncture Improves Sleep Symptoms
Patients who received acupuncture also showed a significant improvement in their sleep. Menopause can worsen a woman's sleep by making it harder to fall asleep and/or to stay asleep.
Patients who received acupuncture demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in their self reported sleep. On a scale of 0-6, patients who received acupuncture reported a 1.34/6 compared to 2.94/6 in patients who did not receive acupuncture.
Top 3 Symptoms Improved by Acupuncture
Overall, patients reported significant improvements in many of the most common and bothersome symptoms of menopause.
Sweating, similar to sleep and hot flashes, is a common symptom of menopause. Night sweats can get in the way of sleep. Sweating can also accompany hot flashes.
Along with these 3 symptoms, significant improvements were also demonstrated in emotional symptoms and physical symptoms. Patients reported improvements in their skin and hair as well.
Previous Research on Acupuncture and Pain
Acupuncture has demonstrated benefits for multiple types of pain in past clinical trials.
Learn More: Night Sweats
Night sweats are a very common and potentially concerning symptom. Most causes are harmless, according to the few available studies on the topic. However, some rarer causes, such as infections and cancer, are potentially dangerous.