Acupuncture helps hot flushes and other menopausal symptoms, according to researchers at the University of São Paulo in Brazil. In a crossover trial, 100 women were randomly allocated to receive either true or sham acupuncture. Treatment was given for 24 weeks, after which the two groups were swapped over, and each received the alternative treatment for another 24 weeks.
Based on the results, the authors conclude that acupuncture may help help flushes and other symptoms during menopause.
(Acupuncture ameliorated vasomotor symptoms during menopausal transition: single-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial to test treatment efficacy. Menopause Journal, 7 September 2020.)