• Acupuncture Can Cool hot Flashes

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    Acupuncture is a technique in which practitioners stimulate specific points on the body—most often by inserting thin needles through the skin. It is one of the practices used in traditional Chinese medicine.

    See the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) Web site for more information on traditional Chinese medicine.

    Hot flashes, which can be tough to treat, affect nearly all women of menopausal age to a greater or lesser extent.

    Researchers behind a new report note that in the more than 2,500 years since acupuncture was first used by the ancient Chinese, it has been used to treat a number of physical, mental and emotional conditions including nausea and vomiting, stroke rehabilitation, headaches, menstrual cramps, asthma, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia and osteoarthritis, to name just a few.

    Lasting effects

    The women in the analysis were aged between 40 and 60 years and were experiencing natural menopause. They were given various forms of acupuncture, including traditional Chinese medicine acupuncture (TCMA), acupressure, electroacupuncture, laser acupuncture and ear acupuncture.

    But how does it work?

    Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause and occur in women because during menopause their ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone and are no longer able to become pregnant. The …

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