Acupuncture May Relieve Symptoms Of Menopause

Research that was published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine suggests that Chinese acupuncture may be an effective treatment for women suffering from menopause side effects, especially hot flashes.

A team of scientists tested their theory on 53 postmenopausal women. Medical professionals performed Chinese acupuncture on half of the participants, and a procedure that mimics acupuncture on the remaining women.

Individuals given the legitimate procedure experienced a significant relief in psychological symptoms, such as mood swings, when compared to the control group. The researchers observed that hot flashes, a somatic symptom, were most dramatically reduced.

Authors of the study said the group receiving acupuncture also experienced higher estrogen levels and lower amounts of luteinizing hormone. They also noted that the procedure may have increased endorphin levels in the women, which may have produced the temperature-stabilizing effect.

As the 10-week trial progressed, the benefits of Chinese acupuncture were strengthened, suggesting that the effects are cumulative.

The researchers said that while the study suggests that acupuncture may be an effective alternative treatment for menopause, further research is still warranted.  

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