Acupuncture could reduce hot flushes in half of menopausal women

Acupuncture could reduce the frequency of hot flushes experienced by women going through menopause, according to a new study.

Conducted by researchers at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, US, the study found that eight weeks of acupuncture reduced the amount of hot flushes by almost half for roughly 50 per cent of the women examined.

“Women bothered by hot flushes and night sweats may want to give acupuncture a try as a relatively low-cost, low-risk treatment,” said Dr Nancy Avis, lead author of the study and professor of public health sciences at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

She added: “Women will know pretty quickly if acupuncture will work for them. Women who had a reduction in their hot flushes saw a benefit beginning after about three to four weeks of weekly treatments.”

Participants included 209 perimenopausal and postmenopausal women between the ages of 45 to 60, who had at least four hot flushes or night sweats per day on average.ADNFCR-2094-ID-801826295-ADNFCR