WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Acupuncture works as well as a drug commonly used to combat hot flashes and other menopausal symptoms that can accompany breast cancer treatment, and its benefits last longer, without bad side effects, researchers said on Monday.
They tested acupuncture, which began in China more than 2,000 years ago and involves inserting needles into the body, against the Wyeth antidepressant Effexor, for hot flashes in breast cancer patients.
Acupuncture was just as effective as Effexor, also called venlafaxine, in managing symptoms including hot flashes and night sweats, according to researchers led by Dr. Eleanor Walker of Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
After 12 weeks of treatment, symptoms were reduced for 15 additional weeks for women who had undergone acupuncture, compared with two weeks for those who had taken Effexor, Walker said.
Well-written article. I agree I do see many patients who come in for one issue, and as a side benefit of acupuncture, they end up sleeping better, and having more energy and more even emotions. But after only 12 weeks of acupuncture, symptoms were still reduced after 15 more weeks? Yes! Talk about more bang for your buck! That compares to performing high intensity interval training for 20 minutes and burning fat for the next 24-48 hours. Bravo!
I love this article! We have choices people...choices. I love that God has given us this amazing medicine that literately has no side effects. And since he is a God of more than enough, not only does acupuncture have no side effects, many times it has side BENEFITS. How awesome is that? The decision is ours, do we infiltrate our beautiful bodies, cells, organs, etc. with synthetic pharmaceuticals, which have life-altering side effects, or do we choose natural ways that aid our bodies to heal the way God intended?