Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Trial.


Evidence Type: Research (Generic)
Ann Intern Med. 2016 Feb 2;164(3):146-54. doi: 10.7326/M15-1380. Epub 2016 Jan 19. - Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes: A Randomized Trial. - PubMed - NCBI Score: 0.0/0.0


A study of 327 menopausal women were given either sham acupuncture or "real" acupuncture to see if there were any differences in the occurrences of their hot flashes The end result was that
"Chinese medicine acupuncture was not superior to noninsertive sham acupuncture for women with moderately severe menopausal HFs"



Strength/Weakness 1

Strong strength: Adequate Sample Size

327 participants spanning 10 treatments over 8 weeks is a significant amount of testing for an acupuncture study.

Conclusion 1

The research saw no difference between real and sham acupuncture in efficacy. If anything the sham acupuncture was more effective, but not in any statistically significant way.

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