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Night Sweats

Acupuncture for Insomnia, night sweats due to cancer treatment or menopausal symptoms

Night sweats are often associated with menopausal symptoms in women but there can be many underlying causes of night sweats in both men, women & children, including infections, cancers, thyroid & other endocrine disorders.  Night sweats not related to menopause or accompanied by other worrying symptoms should always be investigated by a GP as they may be a symptom of other underlying medical conditions.

 

However the most common cause in women are the natural hormonal changes related to peri-menopause & menopause & are often accompanied by hot flushes. Severe night sweats can drench bedding & nightclothes even when the environment is cool. Many women can experience night sweats & hot flushes for 10 years after the menopause. Hot flushes & night sweats are also common in women with a history of breast cancer & men with prostate cancer.

The results to a number of systematic reviews of trials are promising but very much preliminary. In addition to reduced hot flushes & night sweat frequency, participants enjoyed improved physical & emotional well-being, & few side-effects were reported. Further research is warranted into this approach, which offers breast & prostate cancer survivors a choice in managing this chronic condition.

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