Hot flushes are experienced by many women who are going through the menopause, and are known for producing intense and prickly heat from the neck upwards. The symptoms are thought to be caused by the dilation of blood vessels in the skin and could be linked to hormonal imbalances.
The study, which was published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, looked at 53 menopausal women. Twenty seven of the women underwent acupuncture treatment for a period of ten weeks, whilst the remaining volunteers received ‘dummy’ treatment with blunted needles.
When the trial was complete it was found that those who received the genuine treatment experienced a reduction in the intensity of the hot flushes and mood swings they experienced, which continued to improve during the course of treatment in comparison to those who were treated with the dummy needles.
Researchers believe that Acupuncture could be so effective due to its impact on endorphins which may stabilise the body’s temperature. Though the findings of the study are extremely positive, researchers were unable to say how long the effects may last, and admit that a larger scale trial is needed in order to further study the benefits.