Acupuncture may benefit women with breast cancer

September 22, 2008 2:17:33 PM PDT
Acupuncture therapy is proving beneficial for some women with breast cancer. In fact, it works better than some traditional medicines. New research suggests that acupuncture may help ease some of the side effects of breast cancer treatment and it may be more effective than antidepressants for relieving hot flashes and more.

The study from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit compared the effectiveness of acupuncture to drug therapy. Acupuncture was just as effective without the side effects.

Traditional treatments can induce early menopause and many dampen the production of estrogen leaving women with hot flashes, excessive sweating, fatigue and more.

Doctors usually prescribe antidepressants which have their own side effects.

Researchers say more has to be done to get insurance companies to pay for the procedure.


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