Acupuncture can treat hot flashes and...

Acupuncture can treat hot flashes and make other symptoms of menopause more bearable, study finds

There are 6 comments on the Portland's CW32 KRCW -TV story from Mar 10, 2011, titled Acupuncture can treat hot flashes and make other symptoms of menopause more bearable, study finds. In it, Portland's CW32 KRCW -TV reports that:

Women who suffer from hot flashes and other uncomfortable symptoms of menopause may be able to find relief through acupuncture, according to a new study.

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Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#1 Mar 10, 2011
If acupuncture raises hormone levels, then it is a VERY bad idea for many women who have had breast cancer.

This is why we should not use untested alternatives after having had breast cancer. I don't think anyone expected hormone levels to go up from acupuncture.
Gina

UK

#2 Mar 20, 2011
Acupuncture doesn't work in the same way as conventional medecine. It is holistic and treats the person as a whole, so I see no danger of using it to control manopause symtopms as long as you see a reputable acupuncturist.

http://naturalmenopause.net
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#3 Mar 20, 2011
Gina wrote:
Acupuncture doesn't work in the same way as conventional medecine. It is holistic and treats the person as a whole, so I see no danger of using it to control manopause symtopms as long as you see a reputable acupuncturist.
http://naturalmenopause.net
The article STATES that it RAISES HORMONE LEVELS. What -- did you not read the article?

Raising hormone levels is a VERY dangerous thing for women who have had hormone sensitive breast cancer to do. They are, as it happens, often the women who have had breast cancer most likely to have hot flashes, because if they're young the ovaries are often removed to protect them from recurrence, or worse, spread ... and they are often on an aromatase inhibitor or Tamoxifen, both of which suppress female hormones and increase hot flashes.

DO NOT USE ACUPUNCTURE TO TREAT HOT FLASHES IF YOU HAVE HAD HORMONE-SENSITIVE BREAST CANCER.

I would go further and say use NOTHING that will treat hot flashes. instead, use cooling scarves. Consider getting a waterbed, because they can be temperature controlled. Our waterbed helped me tremendously when I went through menopause.
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#5 Mar 30, 2011
ClareCC wrote:
How may Femivital help you through menopause?
Doctor's Natural Femivital contains phyto-oestrogens - natural plant-like substances which have the same effect as oestrogen. Because phyto-oestrogens do not have side effects, women often choose them over hormone therapy.
Red clover and black cohosh are the most researched and popular phyto-oestrogens used in supplements today. Numerous scientific studies show their positive effects on menopause symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, fatigue, insomnia and depression.
http://www.doctorsnatural.com/femivital-p26.p...
Same thing, ladies -- plant estrogens may also be VERY dangerous for you if you have had hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

Astounding how hucksters think this place is their own personal, free bulletin board. They see us and what we've been through and see only dollar signs.
royal

Huntington Park, CA

#6 Apr 15, 2011
Each individual responds different under acupuncture treatment, some respond better than others. As far as hormone levels,
you can only tell if you have a blood test, see a endocrinologist or your PCP. The blood levels must be monitored. Acupuncture may not necessarilly raise your hormone levels. This person may have been taken some other medications....unless, there is a natural tea, potion, tincture(herbs related) that she had taken. I doubt the needles alone would have raise her hormones alone.
East and West must work together in order to achieve a true balance.
Gina wrote:
Acupuncture doesn't work in the same way as conventional medecine. It is holistic and treats the person as a whole, so I see no danger of using it to control manopause symtopms as long as you see a reputable acupuncturist.
http://naturalmenopause.net
Gail Perry

Saint Petersburg, FL

#7 Apr 16, 2011
royal wrote:
Each individual responds different under acupuncture treatment, some respond better than others. As far as hormone levels,
you can only tell if you have a blood test, see a endocrinologist or your PCP. The blood levels must be monitored. Acupuncture may not necessarilly raise your hormone levels. This person may have been taken some other medications....unless, there is a natural tea, potion, tincture(herbs related) that she had taken. I doubt the needles alone would have raise her hormones alone.
East and West must work together in order to achieve a true balance.
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This isn't a forum to tout alternative medical treatment. This is a forum about breast cancer.

MANY women have hormone sensitive breast cancer. They should not, under any circumstances, seek ANY way to raise their hormone levels. Modern medicine works very hard to REDUCE hormone levels in such women (even post-menopause).

OF COURSE that causes ...

SYMPTOMS OF MENOPAUSE! That's what menopause is. But if acupuncture raises hormone levels, then that type of acupuncture treatment is VERY dangerous for those women who have had, or who may have in the future, hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

These women do not need to be talking to endoctrinologists.

They need to be talking to their ONCOLOGISTS. Period.

I'm not at all opposed to acupuncture. I'm opposed to applying ANY treatment for menopausal symptoms without consulting one's oncologist first, if one has that issue going on. When I see them recommended here I will show the other side of the coin.

My personal opinion is that menopause is a normal part of life and that women should not attempt to do anything that will raise their hormones when Mother Nature has said they should drop, but this is urgent for women who have had hormone-sensitive breast cancer.

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