This blog is #9 in a series of blogs in the form of questions or statements about a health issue and answers. These are in the typical format used when doctors take tests. 

Question #9

Acupuncture for hot flashes:                                                                                   

  1.  Has only a case series supporting its use.         
  2.  Has only one randomized controlled trial.
  3.  Has a meta-analysis supporting its use.
  4.  Has more potential for harm than benefit

That’s correct! #3 

A 2014 meta-analysis published in the journal Menopause demonstrated positive effects of acupuncture for menopausal symptoms.

My vive: As a physician trained in medical acupuncture through UCLA and board-certified since 1995, I can say that acupuncture is an extremely helpful intervention for many people with autoimmune disease.

Hormone imbalances and deficiencies are huge drivers of autoimmune disease and one reason women get more autoimmune diseases than men.

As this meta-analysis demonstrates, acupuncture is able to impact hormone imbalances. It can also impact pain, gut function, brain function, etc. And, of course, immune system function.

The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture has a list of physicians who have been properly trained in each state within the US as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

“Got a revolution. Got to revolution.”

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