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Evidence based research is available for a wide variety of symptoms with regard acupuncture. Acupuncture can help maintain health, decrease healing time in injury, aid in menopausal and PMS troubles, reduce pain, and help with stress and anxiety relief, among many others. 

Below are a few links and a brief quote from each.

Acupuncture may reduce severity and frequency of menopausal hot flashes:

"The investigators found that women who underwent acupuncture experienced a reduction in the severity and frequency of hot flashes for up to 3 months. Furthermore, the treatment appeared to have a beneficial effect on hot flashes regardless of the number of doses, sessions or duration of treatment received."

Whiteman, H. (2014, July 19). "Acupuncture may reduce severity and frequency of menopausal hot flashes."

Medical News Today

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Using acupuncture to treat premenstrual symptoms:

"The success rate of AP [acupuncture] in treating PMS symptoms was 77.8%, whereas it was 5.9%. in the placebo group. The positive influence of AP in treating PMS symptoms can be ascribed to its effects on the serotoninergic and opioidergic neurotransmission that modulates various psychosomatic functions. The initial positive results of PMS symptoms with a holistic approach are encouraging and AP should be suggested to the patients as a method of treatment."

Habek, D., Habek, J. & Barbir, A. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2002) 267: 23.

Study Supports Acupuncture Effects In Pain Control:

"The study also supported the effects of three different forms of acupuncture: manual acupuncture needling alone and with the addition of high-frequency and low-frequency electrical stimulation."

James, E. (2010, May 2). "Study Supports Acupuncture Effects In Pain Control." Medical News Today. Retrieved from

Auricular Acupuncture to Relieve Health Care Workers’ Stress and Anxiety: Impact on Caring:

"This study was conducted to evaluate whether auricular acupuncture can reduce stress and anxiety in health care providers and improve their ability to enter into caring relationships with patients. A significant reduction in state anxiety (P = .000) from 38.27 to 32.32, as well as significant decreases in trait anxiety (P = .007), burnout (P = .006), and CF (P = .004), was found in participants exposed to the acupuncture treatment when compared with their baseline."

Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: May/June 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 3 - p 151–159

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