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Half were randomly assigned to a weekly acupuncture meeting for eight weeks; the other half had sham acupuncture sessions, which involved retractable needles. Overall, women in both groups reported an improvement in certain drug side effects, such as sharp flash severity. But there were no clear differences between the two groups. And in an earlier study, the researchers found the same pattern when they focused on the side effect of muscle and joint pain.
Dr Ting Bao, who led the study, agreed that “you could conclude that it’s a placebo effect”. On the other hand, it’s also trying to design a placebo version of acupuncture an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. During the imposture procedure, the needles did not penetrate the skin, and they were placed on areas of the skin that are not considered traditional acupuncture points.
But the stimulation may have some physiological effect. “It might not be from the word go inert. Many studies have suggested that acupuncture can help ease various types of pain, such as migraines and back aches, as well as treat nausea and vomiting from surgery or chemotherapy. Some new research suggests that the needle stimulation triggers the release of pain- and inflammation-fighting chemicals in the body.
The current study was mainly designed to look at one side effect from aromatase inhibitors – muscle and shared pain, which all of the participants had suffered from since starting the drugs. Bao’s team looked at hot flashes, sleep problems and other menopause-like symptoms as “secondary outcomes”. That’s another limitation because the scrutiny was simply not set up to test those particular effects. Eleven of the 47 women, for example, had no hot flashes when they entered the study.