When placed head-to-head with antidepressant drug Effexor, acupuncture provided as much, or arguably better, relief for women plagued by menopausal symptoms, according to Reuters.
For breast cancer patients dealing with hot flashes, acupuncture managed symptoms just as well as the drug.
What’s more, following 12 weeks of treatment, acupuncture’s effects lasted for an additional 15 weeks. Effexor brought only two weeks of additional relief.
While acupuncture had no serious side effects, the prescription drug caused nausea, headache, insomnia, increased blood pressure, anxiety and fatigue, Reuters reports.