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Author (up) Baccetti, S.; Da Fre, M.; Becorpi, A.; Faedda, M.; Guerrera, A.; Monechi, M. V.; Munizzi, R. M.; Parazzini, F.
Title Acupuncture and traditional chinese medicine for hot flushes in menopause: a randomized trial Type of Study RCT
Year 2014 Publication Journal of alternative and complementary medicine (New York, N.Y.) Abbreviated Journal J Altern Complement Med
Volume 20 Issue 7 Pages 550-557
Keywords RCT; Climacteric; Hot Flashes; Menopause; Hot Flushes; Acu Versus CAM Control; Diet; Tuina; Chinese Massage; Self Massage; Plum Blossom; Seven Star Needles; Acupuncture; Electroacupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; Symptom Based Point Selection; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Whole Systems
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.
Address Referring Center for Complementary Medicine , Tuscany Region, San Donnino, Campi Bisenzio, Italy
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Language Number of Treatments 12
Treatment Follow-up 16 Weeks Frequency >1/WK Number of Participants 100
Time in Treatment 6 Weeks Condition Hot Flashes
Disease Category Climacteric OCSI Score
Notes Approved no
Call Number Serial 50
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Author (up) Baccetti, S.; Da Frè, M.; Becorpi, A.; Faedda, M.; Guerrera, A.; Monechi, M.V.; Munizzi, R.M.; Parazzini, F.
Title Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine for Hot Flushes in Menopause: A Randomized Trial Type of Study Journal Article
Year 2014 Publication Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine Abbreviated Journal J Altern Complement Med
Volume 20 Issue 7 Pages 550-557
Keywords Acupuncture; Hot Flashes -- Prevention and Control; Perimenopausal Symptoms -- Prevention and Control; Medicine, Chinese Traditional; Human; Italy; Randomized Controlled Trials; Random Assignment; Intervention Trials; Pretest-Posttest Design; Alternative Therapies; Women's Health; Female; Massage; Self Care; Diet Therapy; Combined Modality Therapy; Questionnaires; Statistical Significance; Sleep Disorders; Anger; Pain; Depression; Prospective Studies; Middle Age; Descriptive Statistics; Data Analysis Software; Chi Square Test; T-Tests; Linear Regression; Paired T-Tests; 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.
Address Obstetrics and Gynecology Department, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy.
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Language Number of Treatments
Treatment Follow-up Frequency Number of Participants
Time in Treatment Condition
Disease Category OCSI Score
Notes 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. Approved no
Call Number OCOM @ refbase @ 103971835 Serial 2354
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