Acupuncture for hot flashes? Yes!
A recent study published in Acupuncture in Medicine shows that having regular acupuncture twice weekly can help women’s transition into menopause. The study was small but promising. 53 women were divided into 2 groups. The first group received acupuncture treatments twice weekly, while the second group received “sham” acupuncture using blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. Blood draws were taken before the study, as well as before and after the last treatment. They also measured other menopausal symptoms including vaginal dryness and mood swings using a five point menopause rating scale (MRS)*. They found that the women using acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS with the largest decrease in hot flashes. While more investigating needs to be done this study shows great promise on the effectiveness of acupuncture when treating these issues.
TCRA has had great success treating hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause for years.
*The menopause rating scale (MRS) is a measuring system used to rate symptoms on severity using a 5 point rating system of 0 – 4.