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Dr. Alex Tatevian has maintained a monthly acupuncture column in the health section of the Federal Hill Gazette since 1999.      
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  Federall Hill Gazette; September 2002

Hormone Replacement Therapy.

Question:
There has been a lot in the news lately about hormone replacement therapy being dangerous for women. My doctor has advised me to take hormones for 12 years and now I want to stop. Can I supplement it with acupuncture?

Answer:
   In what has become a confusing barrage of research, women once again are being told they must "weigh the risks and benefits" of hormone-replacement therapy for menopausal symptoms.
   Recently researchers at the National Institutes of Health announced the findings of their long-term study that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) a drug treatment that doctors recommended to millions of women does more harm than good. While the medications remain valuable in alleviating the consequences of menopause, the NIH scientists reported that long-term use can actually put women in peril.
   It is a major medical debacle when hormone replacement therapy is discovered to be harmful despite 60 years of widespread use. Yet, because of weaknesses in the entire system that tests and promotes drugs for long-term use, this major surprise surely will not to be the last. The only consensus among experts is that the decision to take HRT is an individual one since every woman's lifestyle issues and risk profile is different. You should always discuss this with your own physician before stopping or beginning medication.
   Acupuncture treats the symptoms of menopause without drugs or administration of substances of any kind, which makes it the most natural and safe approach.
   
   Alex Tatevian, DA
   
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