Review Article

Supportive Care in Cancer

, 17:763

First online:

Acupuncture for treating hot flushes in men with prostate cancer: a systematic review

  • Myeong Soo LeeAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Research, Korea Institute of Oriental MedicineComplementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth Email author 
  • , Kun-Hyung KimAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • , Byung-Cheul ShinAffiliated withDepartment of Oriental Rehabilitation Medicine, School of Oriental Medicine, Pusan National University
  • , Sun-Mi ChoiAffiliated withDepartment of Medical Research, Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine
  • , Edzard ErnstAffiliated withComplementary Medicine, Peninsula Medical School, Universities of Exeter & Plymouth

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Abstract

Goals of work

The goal of the study was to assess the effects of acupuncture as a treatment for hot flushes in prostate cancer (PC) patients.

Materials and methods

The literature was searched using 14 databases with dates ranging from their inceptions to December 2008 and without language restrictions. All clinical studies of any type of acupuncture in PC patients were included. Their main outcome measures had to be vasomotor symptoms. Their methodological quality was assessed using the modified Jadad score.

Results

Six studies met all the inclusion criteria. One randomised clinical trial compared the effects of manual acupuncture with acupuncture plus electro-acupuncture. The other five studies were uncontrolled observational studies and therefore had limitations.

Conclusion

The evidence is not convincing to suggest acupuncture is an effective treatment for hot flush in patients with PC. Further research is required to investigate whether acupuncture has hot-flush-specific effects.

Keywords

Acupuncture Hot flushes Prostate cancer Systematic review