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Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hot Flushes in Menopause: A Randomized Trial

Item

Title

Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hot Flushes in Menopause: A Randomized Trial

Journal Publication

Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Date

2014

volume

20(7)

pages

550-557

Research Type

RCT

Keywords

Hot Flashes -- Prevention and Control
Perimenopausal Symptoms -- Prevention and Control
Medicine, Chinese Traditional
Randomized Controlled Trials
Random Assignment
Intervention Trials
Pretest-Posttest Design
Alternative Therapies
Combined Modality Therapy
Statistical Significance
Prospective Studies
Descriptive Statistics
Data Analysis Software
Linear Regression
Confidence Intervals

Abstract

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<.001). Other symptoms (sleep disorders, tightness in the chest, irritability, bone pain, feeling depressed) significantly improved. Conclusions: Acupuncture in an integrated system that includes therapeutic techniques such as diet therapy and Tuina self-massage can be used to treat hot flushes and selected symptoms in postmenopausal women.

doi

10.1089/acm.2012.0499

pmid

Accession Number: 103971835. Language: English. Entry Date: 20140709. Revision Date: 20150820. Publication Type: Journal Article; research; tables/charts; randomized controlled trial. Journal Subset: Alternative/Complementary Therapies; Editorial Board Reviewed; Expert Peer Reviewed; Peer Reviewed; USA. Special Interest: Women's Health. NLM UID: 9508124.

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