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Chinese researchers have found that eight weeks of electro-acupuncture (EA) treatment does not seem to relieve menopause symptoms, even though it appears to improve women’s quality of life. A total of 360 women were randomised to receive 24 treatment sessions of EA at traditional acupoints, or sham EA at non-acupoints over eight weeks, with 24 weeks of follow-up. At week eight, the reduction from baseline in menopause scores was 6.3 in the EA group and 4.5 in the sham group. Between-group differences for decreases in hot flush scores were statistically, but not clinically, significant. Between-group differences for menopause-specific quality of life were, however, clinically significant. Changes in hormone levels did not differ between groups.

Acupuncture for Symptoms in Menopausal Transition: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2018 Aug 17. pii: S0002-9378(18)30672-0.


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