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January 10, 2010

Acupuncture Reduces Hot Flashes, Improves Sex Drive for Breast Cancer Patients

Study results show that acupuncture, when compared to drug therapy, has a longer-lasting effect on the reduction of hot flashes and night sweats for women receiving hormone therapy for breast cancer treatment. Women also report that acupuncture improves their energy and clarity of thought.

Reference: "Acupuncture versus Venlafaxine for the Management of Vasomotor Symptoms in Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial." Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Story:Henry Ford Hospital December 29, 2009

Posted by mpence at 10:06 PM

Acupuncture May Ease the Itch of Eczema

A recent study conducted by Dr. Florian Pfab, of the Technical University of Munich, on human patients shows promise for the relief of eczema.

Pfab's team found patients' itchiness ratings were lower after they received true acupuncture, compared with both no treatment and placebo acupuncture.

When the researchers exposed patients' skin to the allergens a second time, skin flare-ups tended to be less-severe.

Story: Reuters.com December 22, 2009.

Posted by mpence at 09:48 PM