A Danish study found that 5 weeks of acupuncture in women with menopausal symptoms reduced hot flushes, night sweats, sleep disturbances and emotional problems.
Researchers at the University of South Denmark recruited 70 women with moderate-to-severe menopause symptoms.
This group was then split in two. The first group, the control group, received no acupuncture until week six of the study. The second, intervention group received weekly acupuncture treatments from experienced local doctors.
Each participant then completed a questionnaire to self-evaluate their symptoms at three and six weeks.
By six weeks the women in the acupuncture group recorded moderate improvements in all symptoms compared with the group having no acupuncture.
A total of 80% of the women in the acupuncture groups also said they felt the sessions had helped them.