Acupuncture in the treatment of menopause-related symptoms in women taking tamoxifen

Tumori. 2002 Mar-Apr;88(2):128-30. doi: 10.1177/030089160208800209.


Fifteen patients were enrolled in a pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of menopausal symptoms in tamoxifen-treated patients. Patients were evaluated before treatment and after one, three and six months with the Greene Menopause Index and were treated according to the traditional Chinese medicine. Anxiety, depression, somatic and vasomotor symptoms were improved by the treatment; libido was not modified. Acupuncture seems to be safe and effective for the treatment of menopausal symptoms in women with previous breast cancer taking tamoxifen. Confirmatory studies with a larger number of patients and with a placebo-treated group are warranted.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy*
  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / adverse effects*
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal / therapeutic use
  • Anxiety
  • Breast Neoplasms / drug therapy
  • Depression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Libido
  • Menopause*
  • Middle Aged
  • Tamoxifen / adverse effects*
  • Tamoxifen / therapeutic use
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
  • Tamoxifen