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Author Borud, E. K.; Alraek, T.; White, A.; Grimsgaard, S. url  openurl
  Title The acupuncture treatment for postmenopausal hot flushes (Acuflash) study: traditional Chinese medicine diagnoses and acupuncture points used, and their relation to the treatment response Type of Study RCT
  Year 2009 Publication Acupuncture in medicine : journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society Abbreviated Journal Acupunct Med  
  Volume 27 Issue 3 Pages 101-108  
  Keywords Hot Flashes; Climacteric; RCT; Acu + Usual Care Versus Usual Care; Acupuncture; TCM Acupuncture Style; Semi-Individualized Acupuncture Protocol; Restricted Modalities, Acupuncture + Other; Moxibustion; Traditional Diagnosis Based Point Selection; Warming Needle; Usual Care Control, Educational; AcuTrials  
  Abstract INTRODUCTION: The multicentre, pragmatic, randomised controlled Acuflash study evaluated the effect of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) acupuncture on postmenopausal vasomotor symptoms and health-related quality of life. It concluded that use of acupuncture in addition to self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction of hot flushes and increased health-related quality of life. This article reports on the TCM syndrome diagnoses and acupuncture points used and their relation to the treatment response, and on treatment reactions and adverse events. METHODS: The acupuncture group (n = 134) received 10 acupuncture treatment sessions and advice on self-care; the control group (n = 133) received advice on self-care only. The study acupuncturists met the current membership criteria of the Norwegian Acupuncture Society, and had at least 3 years' experience of practising TCM acupuncture. They were free to diagnose and select acupuncture points for each participant, after initial discussion. RESULTS: Fifty per cent of the participants in the acupuncture group were diagnosed with Kidney Yin Xu as their primary TCM syndrome diagnosis. No statistically significant differences were demonstrated between the syndrome groups regarding the distribution of responders and non-responders, nor regarding the change in health-related quality of life scores. A core of common acupuncture points (SP6, HT6, KI7, KI6, CV4, LU7, LI4, and LR3) were used in all the syndromes, and in addition multiple idiosyncratic points. Core point selection and frequency of use did not differ between responders and non-responders. No serious adverse events were reported. CONCLUSION: Factors other than the TCM syndrome diagnoses and the point selection may be of importance regarding the outcome of the treatment.  
  Address The National Research Center in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, University of Tromso, N-9037 Tromso, Norway; einar.borud@uit.no.  
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  Language Number of Treatments 10  
  Treatment Follow-up N/A Frequency <1/WK Number of Participants 267  
  Time in Treatment 12 Weeks Condition Hot Flashes
  Disease Category Climacteric OCSI Score  
  Notes (up) Approved no  
  Call Number Serial 84  
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