Acupuncture can help reduce hot flushes in breast cancer patients, new research has shown.

Acupuncture, when compared to traditional drug therapy, is more effective in reducing hot flushes and night sweats for women receiving hormone therapy for breast cancer treatment, a study published in the Journal of Oncology has found.

Acupuncture may also increase a woman’s sex drive while improving her sense of well-being, the study said.

Lead author of the study Eleanor Walker said that acupuncture offers patients a safe, effective and durable treatment option for hot flushes, something that affects the majority of breast cancer survivors.

“Compared to drug therapy, acupuncture actually has benefits, as opposed to more side effects,” Walker said.

Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating filiform needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes.