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A systematic review by Taiwanese authors has found that acupuncture is as effectivevas hormone therapy for alleviating the general symptoms of menopause in breast cancer patients undergoing hormone therapy. Their meta-analysis examined data from 13 medium-to-high quality RCTs involving 844 breast cancer patients. The results indicated that acupuncture significantly ameliorated general menopause symptoms including negative mood, sleep problems, pain, headache and dizziness. While meta analysis suggested that acupuncture did not reduce the severity of hot flushes compared with hormone therapy, the side effects of drug therapy are significant and its safety profile is poor by comparison. The authors suggest that the mechanism by which acupuncture alleviates menopause symptoms might include regulation of cytokines and the autonomic nervous system.

Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer - A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One. 2017 Aug 22;12(8):e0180918.

 

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