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Acupuncture and Herbs for Menopausal Hot Flushes

I have written about menopausal hot flushes before. My observation was that the combination of acupuncture and herbal formula was the most effective way to treat menopausal symptoms including the hot flushes.

The latest issue of Menopause (peer reviewed American journal) has published a new study comparing effectiveness of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine treatment for the hot flushes.

The study concludes that acupuncture is effective, but fails fo find benefit of the herbal supplement. Perhaps it was due to the fact that they haven’t used differentiation of syndromes and used a single herb instead of a more common practice of prescribing a formula composed of a few herbs.

Differentiation of syndromes is very important in Chinese medicine.  In a recent study researchers from Universty of Adelaide found that differentiation of syndromes was essential to the effectiveness of herbal medicines for fertility.

Interested to know more about acupuncture, herbs and hot flushes? Ask your question in comments.

Reference: journal of Menopause (2013 May 13) Effects of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (Zhi Mu 14) on hot flushes and quality of life in postmenopausal women: results of a four-arm randomized controlled pilot trial

Acupuncture helps hot flashes

ABC news have published a video on menopausal hot flashes and acupuncture. We had a number of positive studies recently on hot flashes and acupuncture. Among them hot flashes in experienced by breast cancer patients (a side effect of estrogen-antagonist treatment). Acupuncture has also been shown to be effective for hot flashes experienced by men undergoing treatment for prostate cancer (a side effect of LH-RH agonists and Antiandrogens). Ask me about the studies in the comments if interested.

The video is now removed. But you can find the story on ABC news website.

Menopause Hot Flushes and Acupuncture – Controlled Trial

September issue of a reputable journal Fertility and Sterility confirmed acupuncture to be effective in reducing hot flushes associated with menopause.

In a well designed placebo controlled study, acupuncture was almost five times more effective than placebo. Seven weeks of acupuncture reduced the severity of hot flushes by 28% among menopausal women.

The research was conducted by Mary Huang, M.S. of Stanford University, California.

My comment: Chinese herbal medicine is extremely effective in reducing menopausal hot flushes. I often combine acupuncture and one of the herbal formulae like Zhi Bai Di Huang Wan consisting of rhemannia (shu di huang), cornus (shan zhu yu), Chinese yam (shan yao), alisma (ze xie), moutan (mu dan pi), poria (fu ling), anemarrhena (zhi mu), and phellodendron (huang bai). Most of the time, you will see the results after one or two weeks, no need to wait for seven weeks like suggested in the study.