Acupuncture Cools Hot Flashes

Hormone-free Relief




A small, yet intriguing study published in Acupuncture in Medicine found that traditional Chinese acupuncture curbed the severity of hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms. Fifty-three middle-aged, postmenopausal women were divided into two groups; one received such treatments twice weekly for 10 weeks, while the other experienced “sham” acupuncture with blunt needles that did not penetrate the skin. In both groups, levels of estrogen and other hormones were measured before the study began and before and after the last session. Menopausal symptoms—hot flashes, vaginal dryness, urinary tract infections and mood swings—were also measured before and after the treatments, using a five-point menopause rating scale (MRS) in order to assess their severity.

At the end of the study, the women receiving Chinese acupuncture scored significantly lower on the MRS scale, with hot flashes seeing the sharpest decrease. The researchers explain that acupuncture boosts production of endorphins, which may stabilize the temperature control system of the body. They say that more investigation is needed because the study was small, but note that its results seem promising, suggesting that traditional Chinese acupuncture could be an alternative for women unable or unwilling to use hormone replacement therapy to relieve menopausal symptoms.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

More from Natural Awakenings

Surf to Turf

In places like Michigan and Nebraska, fish ponds are blooming—and making it safe for us to eat farm-raised fish again.

Whole Child Sports

Parents may believe organized sports are best for kids, but free play is actually what makes kids creative, resilient and better problem-solvers.

Choose Happiness

A recent poll found that only one in three Americans are happy. Here are four ways to rise above our troubles and choose to be happy, regardless of circumstance.

Eye Health for Dogs

Blueberries, eggs and garlic may not be high on a dog’s food list, but they go far to protect a canine from serious eye disease.

Yoga Boosts Brain Gray Matter

Compared to chronic-pain patients, yoga practitioners have more desirable grey matter in key brain regions, Duke researchers report.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags