When The Washington Post published an article (discussed here) reporting the negative results from a study of acupuncture and other CAM treatments for hot flashes, it elicited an international response in defense of CAM.
One writer used the opportunity to criticize the newspaper for being a shill for the pharmaceutical industry. Another questioned the design of the study — wrong needles used, wrong patients treated — as a possible reason for the negative results. A third writer noted that acupuncture is not the treatment of choice for hot flashes, and that a more representative study of Chinese practitioners would have used herbal medicine.
OK, but it doesn’t change the original conclusion that acupuncture has not been effective treatment for hot flashes.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.