Acupuncture for hot flashes?

During menopause, 75% of women suffer from hot flashes, which often last for 5 years. Hot flashes can worsen the quality of life for menopausal women, and finding comfort can be challenging and expensive. Many women are afraid to take hormone replacement therapy, due to the potential adverse side effects. There are those who turn to acupuncture therapy for relief from menopausal symptoms. But does it really work? A study was done in Australia to test the theory that acupuncture results in symptom relief for menopausal women. It showed that true acupuncture had no beneficial effect on menopausal hot flashes. Well balanced hormone replacement therapy remains the most reliable way to find relief from hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms.

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