The maintenance effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related menopause symptoms: a systematic review

Tsai-Ju Chien, Chia-Yih Liu, Ching-Ju Fang, C.-Y. Kuo

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Abstract

Background: Acupuncture has been used for many breast cancer treatment-related problems, but how long the effect lasts is unknown. This meta-analysis aims to evaluate how long the effect of acupuncture on breast cancer-related hot flushes and menopause symptoms lasts. Methods: The research design followed the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses Statement, without language restrictions. Seven databases from inception through February 2019 were accessed; only randomized clinical trials (RCTs) that examined the maintenance effect of acupuncture on hot flushes or menopause symptoms after treatment were included. Cochrane criteria were followed and RevMan 5.2 software was used to analyze trials. Results: In total, 943 patients from 13 RCTs were analyzed. The meta-analysis showed that acupuncture had no significant long-term maintenance effect on the frequency or severity of hot flushes (p?=?0.29; p?=?0.34), but had a significant 3-month maintenance effect of ameliorating menopause symptoms at 3 months after treatment ended (p?=?0.001). No adverse events were reported. Conclusions: Acupuncture significantly alleviated menopause symptoms for at least 3 months, but not hot flushes. Breast cancer patients concerned about the adverse effects of hormone therapy could consider acupuncture as an alternative. Additional acupuncture at 3 months after the initial treatment course could be considered. A large-scale study may help to define the optimal guideline for this issue.
Original languageAmerican English
JournalClimacteric
Volume23
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • APPLIED RELAXATION
  • Acupuncture
  • CONTROLLED-TRIAL
  • ELECTROACUPUNCTURE
  • HORMONE-THERAPY
  • HOT FLASHES
  • JOINT PAIN
  • METAANALYSIS
  • SKIN-CONDUCTANCE
  • VASOMOTOR SYMPTOMS
  • WOMEN
  • breast cancer
  • hot flushes
  • menopause symptom
  • systematic review

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