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We both value the research of modern science and the many developments that have been discovered.

We also value the depth of wisdom and knowledge of traditional and classical five element acupuncture, which integrates the many aspects of body and mind.

We acknowledge the information gained from research, and we endevaour to use it where appropriate when meeting the needs of an individual who is suffering in health.

We hope later to share more information on the five elements of acupuncture.

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Acupuncture for Breast Cancer treatment induced  Hot Flushes

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(2017) Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients


'Results for the study Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients, a

randomized, controlled trial: Mean hot flash frequency was significantly reduced by 50 and 60 %

day and night respectively in the acupuncture group (AG) during treatment, and further reduced by

30% day and night during the following three months. A significant 25% reduction in mean hot flash frequency was seen in the sham group (SG) during treatment at night, but this effect was reversed during the following three months. No significant effect was seen during the day.

Conclusions: Adverse effects of oestrogen antagonists, including hot flashes, may affect long-term adherence to these drugs and reduce quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Non-hormonal drugs used to treat hot flashes also have adverse effects, prompting the need for research focusing on non-pharmacological

therapies. Acupuncture seems to be an effective treatment for hot flashes due to adjuvant oestrogen

antagonist treatment. Qualitative outcomes suggest that women with breast cancer suffer from longterm

adverse effects of oestrogen antagonists.'

However the 2017 meta-analysis below says the opposite.

Hervik JD.(2017) (2017) Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients. PhD thesis. Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. ISBN 978-82-8377-010-0 . PDF download.


(2017) Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer- A systematic review and meta-analysis

Conclusions

'Concluson. Acupuncture significantly alleviated menopause symptoms, but had no effect on hot flush. Breast cancer patients concerned about the adverse effects of hormone therapy should consider acupuncture. Further large-scale studies that also measure biomarkers or cytokines may help to elucidate the mechanism by which acupuncture alleviates menopause symptoms in patients with breast cancer.'

Chien T-J, Hsu C-H, et al., (2017) Effect of acupuncture on hot flush and menopause symptoms in breast cancer- A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS ONE. 12(8): e0180918. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal. Pone.0180918



(2015) Electroacupuncture (EA) Versus Gabapentin (GP) for Hot Flashes Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial.


Conclusion. Acupuncture produced larger placebo and smaller nocebo effects than did pills for the treatment of hot flashes. EA may be more effective than GP, with fewer adverse effects for managing hot flashes among breast cancer survivors; however, these preliminary findings need to be confirmed in larger randomized controlled trials with long-term follow-up.


Jun J. Mao, Marjorie A. Bowman, et al., (2015) Electroacupuncture Versus Gabapentin for Hot Flashes Among Breast Cancer Survivors: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2015 33:31, 3615-3620



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