Acupuncture May Ease Menopausal Symptoms in Cancer Patients

Acupuncture

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  • Acupuncture helped to significantly improve menopausal symptoms among women taking estrogen-lowering drugs for breast cancer
  • Both patients who received traditional acupuncture and those who received a sham acupuncture procedure experienced similar symptom reductions
  • This could be a demonstration of the placebo effect in action, or the slight pricking of the skin involved in the sham procedure may have caused actual physiological changes
  • Acupuncture has been safely used for thousands of years to treat dozens of health conditions, including chronic pain, nausea, high blood pressure, and more
  • Acupuncture appears to work equally well with skin-penetrating needles or acupressure (the use of pressure to stimulate acupuncture points)
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