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Reported December 25, 2013

Acupuncture Eases Hot Flashes?

 

(Ivanhoe Newswire) – In a small study of breast cancer patients, researchers have found that both real and fake weekly acupuncture treatments eased hot flashes and other side effects of anticancer drug treatment in breast cancer patients. 

Researchers at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center wanted to see if acupuncture could reduce the severity of side effects linked to aromatase inhibitors (AIs) drugs used to treat breast cancer or prevent it from recurring after surgery. 

Among those who received real acupuncture, researchers said there were statistically significant improvements in hot-flash severity and frequency, depression, hot flash-related daily interference and other menopausal symptoms. Patients who had sham acupuncture, researchers noted statistically significant improvements in hot flash-related daily interference, quality of life, and menopausal symptoms. Women in both groups saw an average reduction in hot-flash severity of 31 percent to 54 percent, respectively, from the real and sham acupuncture treatments.

For more information, go to: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/news/media/releases/acupuncture_real_or_sham_eases_hot_flashes_due_to_breast_cancer_chemo 

SOURCE: Cancer, December 2013

 

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