Here's some good news for women suffering from severe hot flashes due to chemo or hormone treatments.
Recent research has shown that acupuncture may provide effective relief for women who suffer severe hot flashes during breast cancer treatment. Many women who are treated for breast cancer with chemotherapy and hormone treatments go into premature or even a second menopause, developing severe hot flashes. The current therapy of choice for the treatment of hot flashes is the antidepressant Effexor. The study followed 47 women taking either Arimidex or Tamoxifen, and having at least 14 hot flashes per week. Researchers found that acupuncture was just as effective as taking Effexor in decreasing hot flashes, without the side effects associated with the drug.
Dr. Eleanor Walker of the Henry ford Health System in Detroit presented the findings at the 50th annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology in Boston.
I'm a big fan of acupuncture. This may be a real help to some of you - certainly worth a try.