Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Acupuncture for Hot Flashes

Breast cancer survivors can have terrible problems with hot flashes, and they cannot take estrogen for effective treatment.  Gabapentin (Neurontin) is commonly prescribed to try to treat them.  In a study comparing gabapentin with electroacupuncture, the acupuncture proved to be much more effective and safer (48% of the gabapentin users had treatment-related side effects).  Patients were treated for 8 weeks, but were followed for 24 weeks.  The magnitude of benefit of the acupuncture was even greater at 24 weeks than it had been during the treatment phase.

Dr. Chappell offers acupuncture for hotflashes.

See Family Practice News, January 2015, p. 18.


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