Looking for an answer to your hot flashes? According to New Danish research, the ancient Chinese acupuncture practice may come to the rescue for women struggling with menopausal symptoms and might bring some relief.
“Acupuncture for menopausal symptoms is a realistic option for women who cannot or do not wish to use hormone therapy” to ease hot flashes, sleep issues or mood swings, said a team led by Kamma Sundgaard Lund, from the department of public health at the University of Copenhagen.
One expert in the United States said the use of acupuncture for menopausal issues isn’t new.
“As an ob/gyn, I have referred many patients for acupuncture for various different pain syndromes,” said Dr. Adi Davidov, interim chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Staten Island University Hospital in New York City.
The Danish study “clearly demonstrates that menopausal symptoms can also be successfully treated with acupuncture,” he said. “This is very exciting news as hormonal treatment for menopausal symptoms have fallen out of favor and other medical treatments are marginally effective.”
In the study, Lund’s team tracked outcomes for 70 menopausal women in Denmark who