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Not only is acupuncture as effective as drug therapy at preventing hot flushes in breast cancer patients who have been receiving long-term anti-oestrogen therapy, it also increases women's sex drive and improves their sense of...

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Authors of a Korean systematic review have found promising evidence for the use of acupuncture in the treatment of primary dysmenorrhoea. Twenty-seven RCTs (data from nearly 3000 women) were included in their analysis, which...

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A follow-up study on acupuncture for menopausal hot flushes has reported that the benefits found immediately post-treatment do not persist. An earlier study of 267 postmenopausal women found that 12 weeks of individualised...

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A pilot study on the effect of acupuncture in decreasing hot flushes in menopausal women has concluded either that there is a strong placebo effect or that both traditional and sham acupuncture significantly reduce hot flush...

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A Norwegian study has found that acupuncture in addition to self-care can contribute to a clinically relevant reduction in menopausal hot flushes. The research was a multicentre, pragmatic, randomised, controlled trial with two...

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Vulvar vestibulitis is a disease of unknown aetiology involving inflammation of the skin and the mucous secreting glands found in the skin of the vulvar vestibule. It can occur in women of all ages, whether sexually active or not,...

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In a Japanese study, two herbal medicine prescriptions administered alternately within the menstrual cycle were found to have powerful antidysmenorrhoeic effects. The two prescriptions were Shakuyaku-kanzo-to (Shao Yao Gan Cao...

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24 women with polycystic ovarian syndrome who had amenorrhoea or oligomenorrhoea, 19 or whom were resistant to clomiphene, were given 10-14 mostly electro-acupuncture treatments at points Shenshu BL-23, Pangguangshu BL-28,...

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In a study which compared acupressure at Sanyinjiao SP-6 with simple resting for female technical college students in Taiwan suffering from dysmenorrhoea, the acupressure – whether in the form of treatment or self-treatment – was...

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In a randomised study, women suffering menopausal symptoms were treated either with acupuncture points specifically chosen to treat their disorder, or more general qi tonifying acupuncture. The acupuncture specific group showed a...

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