by Wyon Y; Lindgren R; Hammar M; Lundeberg T.
[Acupuncture against climacteric disorders? Lower number of symptoms
Lakartidningen, 1994 Jun 8, 91(23):2318-22.
Pub type: Clinical Trial; Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial.
Abstract: Vasomotor symptoms are very common among perimenopausal women, but
also among orchidectomized men. The cause of the symptoms is not the low
steroid concentrations per se, but probably changes in central neuropeptide
Twenty-four healthy women with natural menopause, suffering from
hot flushes, were included in the study and radomly assigned to either of
two groups, one group received treatment with electrostimulated acupuncture
(EA), the other with superficial needle position (SNP) acupuncture.
Treatment was given for a total of eight weeks, twice a week during the
first two weeks, and then once a week for the remaining six weeks.
recorded in logbooks kept by the participants, the frequency of flashes
decreased significantly by more than 50 per cent in both groups, and
remained decreased in the EA group, whereas in the SNP group it increased
slightly again over the three months after treatment. Values for the
Kupperman Index decreased in both groups during treatment, changes ctill
evident at three-month follow-up, whereas the self-rated general
climacteric symptoms (vAS) decreased significantly in te EA group oly.
The PGWB (Psychological General Well-Being) index did not change
significantly in either group during treatment.