A recent study shows that acupuncture curbs the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.
The study included 53 postmenopausal women. The participants measured their symptoms using a 5-point scale before and after treatment. Twenty-seven of the women received traditional Chinese acupuncture for 20 minutes, twice a week for 10 weeks. The rest thought they were given acupuncture treatment, but the needles didn’t actually penetrate the skin.
The women who received real acupuncture showed significant drops in the severity of their hot flashes. Hot flashes reduced by an average of 5.8 flushes per 24 hour period and the intensity of hot flushes decreased by 3.2 units amongst women receiving traditional acupuncture treatment. An improved sleep pattern was also reported.