Prostate cancer and hot flushes.
Acupuncture has been reported to be effective in dealing with hot flashes in men who have been treated with androgen ablation therapy for prostate cancer. This treatment for prostate cancer involves removing the effects of hormones that stimulate the cancer to grow. This research has been reported in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology – Biology and Physics in May 2011
The research suggests that hot flushes were reduced by 68.4% in two weeks to 80.3% in the longer term (of eight months). In addition to this no side effects were found! This is great news and I look forward to a larger scale study to further reinforce this evidence.
The author goes on to say that acupuncture is an ‘excellent control of hot flashes in men’ who have undergone treatment for prostate cancer.