The common symptoms of menopause can be relieved by acupuncture, claim a
Turkish study. This study was carried out at the Ankara Training and Research
Hospital in Ankara, Turkey. The severity of hot flashes and mood swings can be
relieved with regular use of this ancient Chinese needle therapy.
Researchers studied about 53 menopausal women. 27 of them received
acupuncture twice a week for about 10 weeks. This procedure involves placing needles
at specific points on the body. This helps to boost the energy and release
endorphins (body's natural painkillers). While the rest women were given 'dummy'
acupuncture with the help of blunt needles.
When compared to women who were given dummy acupuncture, it was found that
those who received genuine treatment experienced lesser intensity of hot
flashes and mood swings. Symptoms progressively improved over the treatment
period. Researchers claimed that this effect of endorphins helps curb hot
flushes by stabilizing the body's temperature controls. However they were
unable to tell how long the effect of this treatment would last.
Though the trial was conducted on a smaller scale, researchers claim that
this complementary therapy could probably be useful in menopausal women who are
unable or not willing to use Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT).
A similar study was conducted in Norway. According to that study, after
having received acupuncture sessions for 12-weeks, women reported reduction in
frequency and intensity of hot flashes.