Medline ® Abstract for Reference 138
of 'Complementary and alternative therapies for cancer'
Acupuncture treatment of vasomotor symptoms in men with prostatic carcinoma: a pilot study.
Hammar M, Frisk J, Grimås O, Höök M, Spetz AC, Wyon Y
J Urol. 1999;161(3):853.
PURPOSE: Most men who undergo castration therapy for prostatic carcinoma will have vasomotor symptoms that usually persist for years. Vasomotor symptoms are elicited from the thermoregulatory center, possibly due to a decrease in hypothalamic opioid activity induced by low sex steroid concentrations. Acupuncture treatment in women, which stimulates hypothalamic opioid activity, alleviates vasomotor symptoms. We report on men treated with acupuncture for relief of vasomotor symptoms after castration therapy.
MATERIALS AND METHODS: We asked 7 men with vasomotor symptoms due to castration therapy to receive acupuncture treatment 30 minutes twice weekly for 2 weeks and once a week for 10 weeks. Effects on flushes were recorded in logbooks.
RESULTS: Of the 7 men 6 completed at least 10 weeks of acupuncture therapy and all had a substantial decrease in the number of hot flushes (average 70% after 10 weeks). At 3 months after the last treatment the number of flushes was 50% lower than before therapy. Therapy was discontinued after 10 weeks because of a femoral neck fracture in 1 man and after 3 weeks due to severe backpain in 1.
CONCLUSIONS: Acupuncture may be a therapeutic alternative in men with hot flushes after castration therapy and merits further evaluation.
Department of Health and Environment, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Linköping, Sweden.