The traditional treatment for hot flushes is hormone replacement therapy, which still remains the most effective remedy. However, this comes with the increased risks of possible stroke, heart disease and cancer among others.
The researchers of this recent study wanted to see the effects acupuncture would have on the regularity and severity of the hot flushes that many women experience when they are menopausal.
The most common form of acupuncture uses thin metallic needles that penetrate the skin, which stimulate anatomical points on the body. It has been used for over 2,500 years as a form of healing, being used most commonly to help treat chronic pain.