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Cochrane Reviews

Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes

Cochrane Systematic Reviews

Dodin S, Blanchet C, Marc I, Ernst E, Wu T, Vaillancourt C, Paquette J, Maunsell E.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013 Jul 30;7:CD007410. doi: 10.1002/14651858.CD007410.pub2.

The authors found insufficient evidence to determine whether acupuncture is effective for controlling menopausal vasomotor symptoms. When they compared acupuncture with sham acupuncture, there was no evidence of a significant difference in their effect on menopausal vasomotor symptoms.

When they compared acupuncture with no treatment there appeared to be a benefit from acupuncture, but acupuncture appeared to be less effective than HT.

These findings should be treated with great caution as the evidence was low or very low quality and the studies comparing acupuncture versus no treatment or HT were not controlled with sham acupuncture or placebo HT. Data on adverse effects were lacking.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD007410.pub2/abstract 

Content assessed as up to date 15 January 2013 

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