Thursday, April 09, 2009

Acupuncture in a Hot flash April 2009

FHN Complementary Medicine Monthly Newsletter April 2009

Acupuncture and menopausal hot flashes following surgical removal of ovaries.

One of the major side effects of an oophorectomy is hot flashes.
Many women have chosen to do HRT to deal with those side effects. Here is a new study (Evidence Based Complementary Medicine, Feb 2, 2009) showing acupuncture and auricular acupressure may be as effective in dealing with those symptoms.

In this study 46 women had been bilaterally ovariectomized and were experiencing hot flashes. They were divided into two groups. One received standard HRT therapy and one group received acupuncture and auricular acupressure. During the treatment period and at a 4 week post treatment follow up there were no differences in the two groups. Interestingly the FSH level decreased in both groups and E2 level increased in both groups.

So for those of you who are unable or unwilling to do HRT acupuncture and acupressure may offer an alternative.


Drs. Glenn and Julie Smith
Complementary Medicine

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