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Acupuncture Beneficial in Dealing with the Side Effects of Hormone Therapy

The complementary medicinal discipline acupuncture is found to provide relief from the side effects of prostate cancer in men, according to the researchers from the New York Methodist Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University.

The results of the study are published in the April 2011 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics.

The hormone therapy treatment of prostate cancer suppresses the actions of the hormone testosterone to curb the ailment. As a result, side effects like heart palpitation, anxiety and hot flashes are experienced by the patient.

The hot flashes experienced by the men who participated in this study were measured as 28.3 on average. They underwent acupuncture therapy for four weeks, twice for half an hour, every day. After two weeks of this trial the mean score of hot flashes reduced to 10.3.

When the treatment was extended to six weeks the score came down to 7.5. Finally, it was measured to be at 7 by the end of the study. Further clinical trails are underway as warranted on this subject.

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