EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Acupuncture treatments can reduce the number of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause by as much as 36%, according to recently published data. Additional research is needed to identify individual differences in response to acupuncture, researchers note.

  • According to the North American Menopause Society, hot flashes occur in up to 75% of women. Although most women experience them for six months to two years, some women may experience bothersome hot flashes for 10 years or longer.
  • Treatment For Hot Flashes Should Be Considered If Symptoms Are Bothersome, Disrupt Sleep, Or Adversely Affect Quality Of Life. Such Therapy Should Be Tailored To Each Patient’s Medical History, Treatment Goals, And Personal Attitudes Toward Menopause And Medication Use.