The aetiology of hot flushes would seem to be related to very high levels of gonadotrophins as the ovaries fail but there is still much that is not understood about their aetiology.They do not tend to occur in men, as there is not a similar rapid decline in hormones. When hormone levels do fall in elderly men it is not accompanied by a surge in gonadotrophins. However, treatment for prostate cancer that involves suppression of testosterone production can produce a picture similar to menopausal hot flushes in women and can be just as severe.
CLEVELAND, OhioIn the 2,500+ years that have passed 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. Now, a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials which is being published this month in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society (NAMS), indicates that acupuncture can affect the severity and frequency of hot flashes for women in natural menopause.
An extensive search of previous studies evaluating the effectiveness of acupuncture uncovered 104 relevant students, of which 12 studies with 869 participants met the specified inclusion criteria to be included in this current study. While the studies provided inconsistent findings on the effects of acupuncture on other menopause-related symptoms such as sleep problems, mood disturbances and sexual problems, they …
Acupuncture can be valuable for cancer-related symptoms, particularly nausea and vomiting that often goes with chemotherapy treatment. Studies have also found that acupuncture may help reduce pain and shortness of breath. Acupressure, or pressing on rather than needling acupuncture points, may also help control breathlessness and is something people can learn and then use to treat themselves.
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