Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in patients with breast cancer receiving antiestrogen therapy: a pilot study in Korean women.

@article{Jeong2013AcupunctureFT,
  title={Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in patients with breast cancer receiving antiestrogen therapy: a pilot study in Korean women.},
  author={Y. Jeong and Y. S. Park and H. Kwon and I. Shin and J. Bong and Sung Hwan Park},
  journal={Journal of alternative and complementary medicine},
  year={2013},
  volume={19 8},
  pages={
          690-6
        }
}
OBJECTIVES Antiestrogen therapy can cause vasomotor symptoms similar to those occurring during menopause, including hot flashes. Recent studies suggest that acupuncture is effective in reducing vasomotor symptoms in patients with breast cancer receiving tamoxifen. The purpose of this study was to assess the feasibility and safety of acupuncture for treatment of hot flashes in Korean patients with breast cancer receiving antiestrogen therapy. DESIGN This was a prospective single-arm… Expand
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