January 2016

Acupuncture Might Not Reduce Hot Flashes

A new clinical trial shows that receiving 10 acupuncture treatments over 8 weeks does not reduce hot flashes in menopausal women who experience at least 7 moderate hot flashes daily. The effects on quality of life, anxiety and depression were also evaluated. At the end of treatment, women in both treatment groups, acupuncture and sham acupuncture, experienced about a 40% reduction in hot flashes since the beginning of treatment. There were also no significant differences between groups for anxiety, depression or quality of life measures.


  1. Ee C, Xue C, Chondros P, et al. Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Trial. Ann Intern Med. 2016 Jan 19.

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