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Posted by: Scott Stewart, MSAc, Dipl.Ac., LAc.
Many young women end up suffering from "induced menopause" as a result of conventional breast cancer treatments. "Induced menopause" can lead to severe menopausal symptoms such as, hot flashes, vaginal dryness, irritability, night sweats, various degrees of bone loss, etc.
Yesterday, a study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, which found electroacupuncture to be more effective, and with fewer side-effects than gabapentin for the treatiment of hot flashes. Ironically, the same study also found "sham acupuncture" (not true acupuncture) to be more effective than gabapentin.
Side Note: Eastern medicine has been effectively treating menopausal symptoms and other gynecological / obstetrical issues for thousands of years, this is well documented.
Eastern medicine treats the root of the problem instead of suppressing the symptoms with drugs, especially drugs that are being used for conditions that they were not designed for; a.k.a. gabapentin (anti-convulsant).
Gabapentin - another drug approved by the FDA (puppet of big pharma), in which they don't know / understand the mechanism of action. If you take this drug, you are the experiment.
Also read Introduction to TCM and Women's Health