Carolyn Ee, MBBS; Charlie Xue, PhD; Marie Pirotta, PhD
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Ee C, Xue C, Pirotta M. Acupuncture for Menopausal Hot Flashes. Ann Intern Med. 2016;165:450-451. doi: 10.7326/L16-0197
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2016;165(6):450-451.
Dr. Takakura and colleagues, Dr. Lopez and associates, and Mr. Varner highlight the complexities of performing clinical trials on acupuncture. Dr. Takakura and colleagues suggest that acupuncture points should have been the same in both groups to test the hypothesis that gentle stimulation is more effective for HFs than needle insertion. This idea is interesting; however, previous randomized, controlled trials have not shown a difference between superficial and deep needling (1, 2), whereas a pilot study reported a decrease in the severity of HFs with acupuncture compared with blunt needling (3). These findings contradict their hypothesis. Dr. Takakura and colleagues also refer to no-touch placebo needles (4). This method is innovative and is undergoing validation but was not available at the time of study design.
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