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Acupuncture for Menopause: a round up of recent research

By October 17, 2019 Acupuncture, Women's health

In light of the recent problems with HRT shortages, it is even more important that women are aware of the alternative drug-free treatments available to them.

Acupuncture has long been used as an effective treatment to help menopausal and peri-menopausal women navigate the array of symptoms they experience – including hot flushes and sweats, headaches, difficulty concentrating, insomnia, depression, reduced sex drive and vaginal dryness.

Recent studies have found acupuncture to be effective in reducing these symptoms [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7] without severe side effects [4]. Studies also showed acupuncture increases oestrogen, especially estradiol, progesterone, prolactin, and other hormones [5].

 

[1] Chien, T et al (2019) The maintenance effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related menopause symptoms: a systematic review. Climacteric. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31612733

 

[2] Palma, F et al (2019) Acupuncture or phy(F)itoestrogens vs. (E)strogen plus progestin on menopausal symptoms. A randomized study. Gynecological Endocrinology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31142156

 

[3] Kargozar, R et al (2019) Urtica dioica in comparison with placebo and acupuncture: A new possibility for menopausal hot flashes: A randomized clinical trial. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31126551

 

[4] Lund, K et al (2019) Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study). BMJ Open. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30782712

 

[5] Ko, J. & Kim, S. (2018) A Literature Review of Women’s Sex Hormone Changes by Acupuncture Treatment: Analysis of Human and Animal Studies. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30581481

 

[6] Li, S et al (2018) A Multicenter, Randomized, Controlled Trial of Electroacupuncture for Perimenopause Women with Mild-Moderate Depression. BioMed Research International. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30003102

 

[7] Fu, C et al (2017) Acupuncture Improves Peri-menopausal Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Sleep. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29029258

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