Acupuncture for Menopausal Syndrome & Hot Flushes

Acupuncture for Menopausal Syndrome & Hot Flushes.

The majority of women will enter menopause in their early 50s and may experience menopause symptoms for 4-5 years on average.

The most prominent symptom of menopause is hot flushes, which affect around 75% of menopausal women. Other menopausal syndrome symptoms include night sweats, emotional vulnerability, sleep disturbances, fatigue, cognitive changes, joint pain, vaginal dryness and loss of sexual desire.

Experiencing strong menopause symptoms can greatly affect a woman's quality of life, relationships, work productivity and her use of health services.

What Does The Research Say?

The following insights are obtained from systematic reviews and analysis of clinical trials investigating the efficacy of acupuncture for menopausal syndrome & hot flushes.

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Although well-conducted clinical research can help members of the public to make better-informed decisions about their healthcare, we do not make any claims that any particular treatment may be efficacious for any individual person.

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Scientific References

Browse our collection of scientific clinical research on acupuncture for menopausal syndrome & hot flushes.

It includes recent and reputable papers published by peer-reviewed journals within the last 10 years.



BMJ Open

2021, Dec

Efficacy of a standardised acupuncture approach for women with bothersome menopausal symptoms: a pragmatic randomised study in primary care (the ACOM study)
BMJ Open

The standardised and brief acupuncture treatment produced a fast and clinically relevant reduction in moderate-to-severe menopausal symptoms during the six-week intervention. No severe adverse effects were reported.

Lund KS, Siersma V, Brodersen J, et al. Full Article

Frontiers in Psychiatry

2021, May 28

Acupuncture as an Independent or Adjuvant Management to Standard Care for Perimenopausal Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
Frontiers in Psychiatry

This article highlighted acupuncture alone or combined with standard care was effective in reducing depression in pre-menopausal symptoms.

Zhao FY, Fu QQ, Kennedy GA, Conduit R, Zhang WJ, Zheng Z. Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2020, Jan

Effectiveness and Safety of Acupuncture for Perimenopausal Depression: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

This study indicated that acupuncture has more stable long-term effects than antidepressants and hormone replacement therapy. Patients also showcased to have less negative side effects of antidepressants .

Xiao, X., Zhang, J., Jin, Y., Wang, Y., & Zhang, Q. Full Article

Medicine

2019, Jun

Acupuncture for perimenopausal insomnia
Medicine

Guo T, Jia M, Jin Y, Xu N, Peng T. Full Article

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine

2018, Jan 3

Management of Menopause Symptoms with Acupuncture: An Umbrella Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine Society for Acupuncture Research

Evidence from RCTs supports the use of acupuncture as an adjunctive or stand-alone treatment for reducing VMSs and improving HRQOL outcomes, with the caveat that observed clinical benefit associated with acupuncture may be due, in part, or in whole to nonspecific effects. The safety of acupuncture in the treatment of VMSs has not been rigorously examined, but there is no clear signal for a significant potential for harm.

Befus D, Coeytaux RR, Goldstein KM, McDuffie JR, Shepherd-Banigan M, Goode AP, Kosinski A, Van Noord MG, Adam SS, Masilamani V, Nagi A, Williams JW Jr. Full Article

Complementary Medicine Research

2017, Oct 12

Acupuncture May Improve Quality of Life in Menopausal Women: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Complementary Medicine Research

Both the total score and the subgroup analysis strongly indicated that acupuncture can alleviate menopause-related symptoms. However, the evidence is not very strong. Thus, further studies about the efficiency of acupuncture on menopausal symptoms based on well-designed trials are needed.

Li W, Luo Y, Fu W, Lei R. Full Article

PLOS One

2017, Aug 22

Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer- A systematic review and meta-analysis
PLOS One Public Library of Science

Acupuncture significantly alleviated menopause symptoms, but had no effect on hot flush. Breast cancer patients concerned about the adverse effects of hormone therapy should consider acupuncture. Further large-scale studies that also measure biomarkers or cytokines may help to elucidate the mechanism by which acupuncture alleviates menopause symptoms in patients with breast cancer.

Chien TJ, Hsu CH, Liu CY, Fang CJ. Full Article

Obstetrics & Gynecology

2016, Mar

Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women
Obstetrics & Gynecology American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Acupuncture is associated with a significant reduction in sleep disturbances in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances. Our findings suggest that acupuncture should be adopted as part of a multimodal approach for improving sleep disturbances in perimenopausal and postmenopausal women.

Chiu HY, Hsieh YJ, Tsai PS. Full Article

Obstetrics & Gynecology

2016, Mar

Acupuncture to Reduce Sleep Disturbances in Perimenopausal and Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Obstetrics & Gynecology American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The study highlighted the importance of acupuncture in balancing out sleep patterns and sex hormone levels in women experiencing menopause-related sleep disturbances

Chiu, Hsiao-Yean RN, PhD; Hsieh, Yu-Jung RN, MSN; Tsai, Pei-Shan RN Full Article

Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

2015, Aug 23

Acupuncture to Treat Sleep Disorders in Postmenopausal Women: A Systematic Review
Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

A high heterogeneity was observed among these articles, which prevented us from performing a meta-analysis. Selected articles did not present high risk of bias and had a satisfactory compliance rate with STRICTA guidelines. In general, these studies presented improvements in sleep-related variables.

Bezerra AG, Pires GN, Andersen ML, Tufik S, Hachul H. Full Article

Menopause

2015, Feb

Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
Menopause The North American Menopause Society

This meta-analysis confirms that acupuncture improves hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life (in the vasomotor domain) in women experiencing natural menopause.

Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Full Article

European Journal of Integrative Medicine

2013, Jul 30

Traditional acupuncture for menopausal hot flashes: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
European Journal of Integrative Medicine

The evidence suggested that traditional acupuncture can improve hot flashes in menopausal women and could be a potential treatment for menopausal women.

Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, Paquette J, Maunsell E. Full Article

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

2013, Jul

Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Cochrane

We found insufficient evidence to determine whether acupuncture is effective for controlling menopausal vasomotor symptoms. When we compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture, there was no evidence of a significant difference in their effect on menopausal vasomotor symptoms. When we compared acupuncture with no treatment there appeared to be a benefit from acupuncture, but acupuncture appeared to be less effective than HT. These findings should be treated with great caution as the evidence was low or very low quality and the studies comparing acupuncture versus no treatment or HT were not controlled with sham acupuncture or placebo HT. Data on adverse effects were lacking.

Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, et al. Full Article


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