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Describe the effects of acupuncture and self-accupuncture on hot flash frequency and intensity
The study enrolled 182 females ages 35 to 83 and 12 men ages 49 to 79 years of age.
Researchers performed a retrospective audit of electronic charts.
The primary outcome measurement was hot flash frequency and intensity. Participants used both traditional acupuncture and self-accupuncture.
The average pre-treatment hot flash count was 16 per day. When acupuncture was added, the chart audit showed that 114 (79%) subjects achieved a 50% or greater reduction in hot flashes.