Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine for hot flushes in menopause: A randomized trial

Sonia Baccetti, Monica Da Frè, Angelamaria Becorpi, Marina Faedda, Antonella Guerrera, M. Valeria Monechi, Rosa Maria Munizzi, Fabio Parazzini

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Objective: To evaluate the effect of acupuncture on hot flushes and other menopause-related symptoms used in an integrated system, including such therapeutic techniques as diet therapy and Tuina self-massage. Design: Randomized trial. Setting: Outpatient center. Participants: One hundred women in spontaneous menopause with at least three episodes of hot flushes daily were randomly allocated to two treatment groups (50 per group): Women in group A were given diet, self-massage training, and treatment with acupuncture, and women in group B (the control group) were given the same diet and self-massage training, but treatment with acupuncture started 6 weeks after they were enrolled into the study. Intervention: Acupuncture treatments were scheduled twice weekly for 6 consecutive weeks. Outcome measures: Mean change in frequency and/or intensity in menopause-related symptoms were estimated by questionnaire after treatment at week 4. Results: Treatment with acupuncture significantly reduced the occurrence of hot flushes and sudden sweating (p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)550-557
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Complementary and alternative medicine
  • Medicine(all)

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