Effects of Acupuncture on Menopause-Related Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials

  title={Effects of Acupuncture on Menopause-Related Symptoms in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Meta-analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials},
  author={Hsiao-Yean Chiu and Yuh-Kae Shyu and Pi-Chen Chang and Pei-Shan Tsai},
  journal={Cancer Nursing},
Background: Evidence regarding the effects of acupuncture on hot flashes in breast cancer survivors is conflicting. Little is known about the intermediate-term effects of acupuncture on hot flashes and other menopause-related symptoms in breast cancer survivors. Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the short-term and intermediate-term effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and particularly on hot flashes in breast cancer survivors. Methods: Electronic databases… 
The maintenance effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related menopause symptoms: a systematic review
A meta-analysis showed that acupuncture had no significant long-term maintenance effect on the frequency or severity of hot flushes, but had a significant 3-month maintenance effect of ameliorating menopause symptoms at 3 months after treatment ended.
Quantitative study on the efficacy of acupuncture in the treatment of menopausal hot flashes and its comparison with nonhormonal drugs
It was found that the baseline number of hot flashes was an important factor affecting the efficacy of acupuncture and sham acupuncture, and the effectiveness of TA&EA (merged) was significantly higher than that of placebo pills and comparable to that of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors/serotonin–norepinephrine reuptakes inhibitors and neuroleptic agents.
Adverse effects of non-hormonal pharmacological interventions in breast cancer survivors, suffering from hot flashes: A systematic review and meta-analysis
The odds for experiencing AE was significantly higher in patients randomized to high-dose NHD than those randomized to controls, including placebo, low-dose medication and acupuncture.
Overview of Treatment Guidelines and Clinical Practical Guidelines That Recommend the Use of Acupuncture: A Bibliometric Analysis.
Considerably more recommendations were found for the use of acupuncture than are known within the acupuncture or medical communities; a trend by year was also found; a rise in the number of positive statements about acupuncture was typically followed by a rises in thenumber of recommendations of acupuncture.
Efficiency of auricular acupuncture in climacteric symptoms after cancer treatments
Auricular acupuncture is a safe and cheap method to treat hot flushes and has been effective in numerous and various cases, among which were patients who presented cancer-related menopausal symptoms.
Traditional Chinese medicine valuably augments therapeutic options in the treatment of climacteric syndrome
This review provides an easy access to the concepts of traditional Chinese medicine particularly regarding to climacteric syndrome and also focuses on current scientific evidence.
2016 IMS Recommendations on women’s midlife health and menopause hormone therapy
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Rapid Review of Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects and Dietary Supplement/Integrative Options from A to Z: What Helps, Harms, or Does Nothing?
This chapter is not intended to provide a summary or exhaustive list of the conventional prescription treatment options for these side effects from A to Z because it would not only create an unreadable voluminous text, but would not serve the purpose of this text.
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Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials
This meta-analysis confirms that acupuncture improves hot flash frequency and severity, menopause-related symptoms, and quality of life (in the vasomotor domain) in women experiencing naturalMenopause.
Acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients, a randomized, controlled trial
Acupuncture seems to provide effective relief from hot flashes both day and night in women operated for breast cancer, treated with Tamoxifen, and this treatment effect seems to coincide with a general health improvement measured with the validated Kupperman index.
Acupuncture for treating hot flashes in breast cancer patients: a systematic review
The evidence is not convincing to suggest acupuncture is an effective treatment of hot flashes in patients with breast cancer, and further research is required to investigate whether there are specific effects of acupuncture for treating hot flash in patientswith breast cancer.
Reducing vasomotor symptoms with acupuncture in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen: a randomized controlled trial
It is shown that both true and CTRL reduce vasomotor symptoms in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant tamoxifen, and convincing data that true acupuncture is more effective than CTRL in reducing vasom motor symptoms is still lacking.
The Acupuncture on Hot Flushes Among Menopausal Women (ACUFLASH) study, a randomized controlled trial
Acupuncture plus self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in hot flashes and increased health-related quality of life in postmenopausal women.
Acupuncture versus venlafaxine for the management of vasomotor symptoms in patients with hormone receptor-positive breast cancer: a randomized controlled trial.
Acupuncture appears to be equivalent to drug therapy in menopausal women and is a safe, effective and durable treatment for vasomotor symptoms secondary to long-term antiestrogen hormone use in patients with breast cancer.
Randomized, controlled trial of acupuncture for the treatment of hot flashes in breast cancer patients.
  • G. Deng, A. Vickers, B. Cassileth
  • Medicine, Biology
    Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • 2007
Hot flash frequency in breast cancer patients was reduced following acupuncture, however, when compared with sham acupuncture, the reduction by the acupuncture regimen as provided in the current study did not reach statistical significance.
Acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes.
Traditional acupuncture was significantly more effective in reducing hot flush frequency from baseline and hot flush severity and flushes were significantly less severe in the acupuncture group, with a small effect size.
Long-term follow-up of acupuncture and hormone therapy on hot flushes in women with breast cancer: a prospective, randomized, controlled multicenter trial
Electro-acupuncture is a possible treatment of vasomotor symptoms for women with a history of breast cancer and should be further studied for this group of women.