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Real acupuncture for hot flushes is no better than sham, study finds

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i315 (Published 19 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i315
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Acupuncture, performed by a practitioner of Chinese medicine, was found to be no better at reducing menopausal hot flushes than sham acupuncture, in which needles do not penetrate the skin, in a randomised controlled trial published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.1

Hot flushes and night sweats affect as many as 75% of menopausal women and can significantly affect …

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