Acupuncture can reduce the frequency of hot flushes in men undergoing androgen ablation therapy (AAT) for prostate cancer. In an observational study carried out in the USA, 22 patients received electroacupuncture biweekly for four weeks, then weekly for six weeks, using a predefined treatment plan. After four weeks, 41% of patients had over 50% reduction in their hot flush score, and by the end of the treatment course, 55% of patients met this response definition. No patient experienced a significant increase in hot flush score during therapy. A reduced hot flush score was associated with improvement in the hot flush-related quality of life and sleep quality. (Acupuncture for Hot Flashes in Patients With Prostate Cancer. Urology. 2010 May 20. [Epub ahead of print]).

Another American study has concluded that acupuncture provides excellent control of hot flushes in patients undergoing AAT. In this small observational study of 17 men, the mean improvement at weeks two and six was 68.4% and 89.2% respectively, and at eight months the improvement reached 80.3%. (Acupuncture for the Alleviation of Hot Flashes in Men Treated with Androgen Ablation Therapy. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2010 Jun 2. [Epub ahead of print]).

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