Department of General Practice Welcome to Acupause - a clinical study on acupuncture for hot flushes 

The Acupause study featured on Channel 10 News

09 April 2012

Are you interested in acupuncture for hot flushes?

So are we.

As you know, hot flushes and night sweats are common and can be bothersome during and after menopause.

Hormone replacement therapy is an effective therapy but may cause potentially serious risks.

Acupuncture is generally a safe treatment and some small studies suggest it may help women with hot flushes.

Researchers at the University of Melbourne are looking for healthy volunteers for a clinical study to find out whether acupuncture is a good treatment for hot flushes.

are aged 40 years or over,

are postmenopausal (more than 2 months since the last menstrual period - please note a blood test will  be required if it has been less than 12 months since your last period),

  have not had any needle acupuncture in the past TWO years,
  have not had a removal of both of the ovaries, and
  are able to attend for ten sessions of free acupuncture (either “real” or “placebo”) over eight weeks,

Please note a blood test will be required to determine menopausal status if you have had a hysterectomy.

Our experienced practitioners are located around Melbourne (St Kilda, Coburg, Bundoora, Ringwood), in Mornington and Melton in Victoria, and in Ballina and Byron Bay in NSW and Southport (Gold Coast) in Queensland.

The research team  is led by Dr Marie Pirotta from the Department of General Practice at the University of Melbourne, in collaboration with other chief investigators, Professor Helena Teede from Monash University, Professor Charlie Xue from RMIT University and Professor Stephen Myers from Southern Cross University.  Other important team members are Dr Carolyn Ee, Ms Kitty Novy and Dr Simon French. The project has received funding from a NHMRC project grant (APP1004406) and Ethics approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of Melbourne. (Ethics approval No. 1135293 16/6/11)


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