More great news about needles

Posted by on Dec 19, 2008 in hot flash, sleep disturbance | 4 comments

Tis the Season for needles…pine and otherwise!

Norwegian researchers are reporting that acupuncture plus self-care can reduce the frequency of hot flashes substantially in postmenopausal women! Now that’s a gift I can get my arms around!

In this study, published in the December 4 advanced, online edition of Menopause, 267 postmenopausal women who experienced at least 7 hot flashes every 24 hours for at least 7 consecutive days received:

1) 10 acupuncture treatments plus an informational brochure on self-care for menopause symptoms, or

2) An informational brochure on self-care for menopause symptoms only

The results showed that hot flash frequency decreased by 50% over 24 hours in women receiving acupuncture compared to those who only received self-care instructions. The researchers aso noted significant improvements in vasomotor (e.g. night sweats) , sleep and emotional/psychological  symptoms among women receiving acupuncture.

I’ve written about the value of acupuncture for hot flashes and improved sleep quality previously. I’m glad to see that more evidence is accruing supporting this wonderful, safe modality to improve menopausal symptoms.

The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is also an excellent source for more information and help finding a qualified practitioner.


  1. 12-21-2008

    Thanks for that good news.

  2. 12-30-2008

    I had read about the value of acupuncture in treating menapause, as well as infertility issues. Great post — thx for sharing!

  3. 1-1-2009

    iuogpbcxxzldbbovwell, hi admin adn people nice forum indeed. how’s life? hope it’s introduce branch 😉

  4. 3-3-2009

    As an acupuncturist I’m always amazed at how well GYN issues respond. Chinese Herbal medicine is also amazing for many GYN issues as well.
    thanks for a great menopausal blog

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