Alternative therapy such as electroacupuncture likely to help breast cancer survivors with hot flashes and sleep disturbances, study suggests.
-In a study, conducted in the US and Canada, suggested that electro-acupuncture may be helpful in providing relief to breast cancer patients
-The researchers studied close to 58 survivors of breast cancer who complained of distorted sleep from hot flashes.
-Of the total participants, half of them received electro-acupuncture ( a therapy where high pulsating current is applied to affected areas), and the remaining half were administered with anti-seizure medication.
-At the end of the 8 week study, the group receiving electro-acupuncture showcased significant changes improvements. These patients noticed fewer sleep disturbances and were able to fall asleep faster and were able to sleep for longer hours.
-Further studies need to be conducted to validate this hypothesis.
Findings were published in Menopause