Menopause study shows benefits of acupuncture

Women who suffer from hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause might be able to find relief through acupuncture, according to a new study.

Turkish researchers recruited 53 postmenopausal women and assigned 27 of them to a five-week course of acupuncture (twice a week for 20 minutes at a time), and 26 of them got sham treatments that they thought were real.

At the end of the study period, the women who got acupuncture showed more relief from their symptoms compared to their counterparts who got the fake treatment. Their hot flashes were less severe (there was no change for women who got the sham treatment).


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