The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

  • Common sense considerations

    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    Acupuncture and menopausal hot flushes

    Prof. Ernst and colleagues have reviewed the literature.

    First, the details.

    • 6 studies were included in the review.

    And, the results.
    4 studies

    • Acupuncture vs penetrating sham acupuncture on non-acupuncture points
      • No specific effects on menopausal hot flush frequency, severity, or index.

    1 study

    • Acupuncture vs penetrating sham acupuncture on acupuncture points not relevant for treating flushes
      • No effect on hot flush frequency and severity.

    1 study

    • Acupuncture vs non-penetrating acupuncture on non-acupuncture points
      • Results suggested favorable effects of acupuncture on menopausal hot flush severity.
      • This study was too small to generate reliable findings.

    The bottom line?
    Sham-controlled studies of acupuncture do not support this option to manage menopausal hot flushes.

    Earlier, largely negative summaries are here.

    1/1/09 19:30 JR

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