Acupuncture for Hot Flashes in Breast Cancer Patients

A new study regarding acupuncture is out: Efficacy and safety of acupuncture for the hot flashes of breast cancer patients taking adjuvant Tamoxifan.

Results : Acupuncture group showed significantly reduced severity of hot flashes during treatment assessed with either VAS and total hot flash score (p=0.000 and p=0.008, respectively). Also, acupuncture group showed improvement of global health status and physical functioning score assessed with EORTC QLQ-C30 (p=0.004 and p=0.027, respectively). Four weeks after the treatment, these trends were retained. No adverse events were notified.

This study affirms what I have found with using acupuncture with women who have been treated for breast cancer. Many of these women report having less hot flashes, and report feeling more "balanced" and at ease after receiving acupuncture. They also frequently say that that their sleep is also much less disrupted after acupuncture.


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To read more of the study:


http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/79/4_Supplement/P1-11-16.abstract