Acupuncture for treating hot flashes in breast cancer patients: an updated meta-analysis

@article{Salehi2016AcupunctureFT,
  title={Acupuncture for treating hot flashes in breast cancer patients: an updated meta-analysis},
  author={Alireza Salehi and Maryam Marzban and A Rezaeian Zadeh},
  journal={Supportive Care in Cancer},
  year={2016},
  volume={24},
  pages={4895-4899}
}
PurposeThe aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture for treatment of hot flash in women with breast cancer.MethodsThe aspects considered in this study included searching for 12 data bases until April 2015 and consulting reference lists of reviews and related articles. Additional features studied comprised all articles on human patients with breast cancer treated with needle acupuncture with or without electrical stimulation for the treatment of hot flashes. The… 
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