It seems like every month or two a new study is published which demonstrates the utility of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for hot flashes. One would think this would be common knowledge in the Western medical community, by now. The most recent study, reported on in Business Week, showed that, "After 10 weeks, the women in the traditional acupuncture group had significantly less severe hot flashes and mood swings than those who'd gotten the fake treatment."
There have been literally scores of studies which demonstrate the benefit of acupuncture and Chinese herbology for hot flashes (see here for a few more). Of course, this is nothing new to those of us who work with menopausal symptoms each day in our clinics or for the women treated by those acupuncturists over the last few thousand years. Still it is reassuring to see so many studies being performed which back up our empirical experience with results that will help to convince a gradually thawing western medical audience that we can offer substantial benefit to their patients.