When a woman experiences hot flashes, it is generally held by conventional medical practitioners that she is suffering from an imbalance of estrogen and progesterone in the body. Chinese medicine believes that in order to have harmony in the body, there must be balance of chemicals. Acupuncturists stimulate the production of estrogen or progesterone through strategically placed points on the body. The trigger spots are very patient specific and an acupuncturist will take into account the type of lifestyle and diet a patient has.
Acupuncture has been shown to alleviate menopause symptoms in women taking oral hormone therapy as part of breast cancer treatment. As oral hormone therapy result in side effects like hot flashes, acupuncture is used as a “safe, effective, and durable treatment”, for hot flashes in women with breast cancer.
One of the biggest draws for attempting acupuncture is the absence of consequences. It is not dangerous and there are no side effects. For some, there is still not much proof in support of alternative treatments, though acupuncture is among the most trusted. Talk with your doctor about what her opinions of acupuncture for treatment of hot flashes are.