Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

The Mayo Clinic has produced a series of videos to help demonstrate the value of acupuncture in treating a variety of conditions. Stress, digestive problems, headaches, mood disorders, infertility and chronic pain are just some of the ailments acupuncture may help. This video discusses acupuncture as a treatment for hot flashes.

Hot flashes are sudden feelings of warmth, which are usually most intense over the face, neck and chest. Although other hormonal conditions can cause them, hot flashes most commonly are due to menopause. In fact, hot flashes are the most common symptom of the menopausal transition.

Researchers from the North American Menopause Society (NAMS) analyzed 12 studies and found acupuncture has the power to reduce hot flash frequency, severity, and other menopausal symptoms. The study also found menopausal women between the ages of 40 and 60 had lessened the frequency and severity of their hot flashes for as long as three months after an acupuncture treatment.