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Clinical Trials Update
March 22/29, 2016

Acupuncture Fails to Reduce Hot Flashes in Menopause

JAMA. 2016;315(12):1220. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2486

More than half of women who suffer hot flashes and night sweats in menopause use complementary therapies to attempt to alleviate symptoms. Although treating hot flashes with acupuncture has been shown in previous studies to be more effective than self-care or no treatment, a recent randomized trial conducted in Australia found no benefit of Chinese medicine needle acupuncture compared with noninsertive sham acupuncture in reducing the severity of hot flashes. (Ee C et al. Ann Intern Med. 2016;164(3):146-154).