Acupuncture in managing menopausal symptoms: hope or mirage?

Climacteric. 2007 Oct;10(5):371-80. doi: 10.1080/13697130701612315.


There is an increased interest amongst women in seeking alternatives for hormone replacement therapy because of their fear of side-effects. It is claimed that acupuncture is effective for curing menopausal symptoms, and to be a safe treatment in the hands of well-trained and qualified practitioners. About one million acupuncture treatments are given in the National Health Service and two million privately each year in England for various indications. However, because its mechanism of action is not fully understood in physiological terms, acupuncture is considered by many clinicians to be of no value. This article reviews the currently available evidence as regards the effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in treating menopausal symptoms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acupuncture Therapy / methods*
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • England
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Female
  • Health Status*
  • Hot Flashes / prevention & control*
  • Humans
  • Menopause*
  • Middle Aged
  • National Health Programs
  • Quality of Life
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Research Design
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Women's Health*