Traditional acupuncture (TA) offers an effective non-pharmaceutical method of managing the hot flushes and night sweats (HF&NS) associated with taking tamoxifen for breast cancer, according to British researchers. Fifty participants with early breast cancer who were taking tamoxifen were enrolled in a single-arm observational study. They received eight weekly individualised TA treatments, using a core standardised protocol designed for the treatment of HF&NS in natural menopause. The women’s mean frequency of hot flushes was reduced by 49.8% at the end of treatment (EOT) compared with baseline, and trends indicated longer-term effects at four and 18 weeks after EOT. The women also showed significant statistical and clinical improvements in other areas of physical and emotional well-being and reported their perception of HF&NS as a problem as being reduced. (Using traditional acupuncture for breast cancer-related hot flashes and night sweats. J Altern Complement Med. 2010 Oct;16(10):1047-57).

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