Advances of studies on acupuncture and moxibustion for perimenopausal syndrome.
The literatures are retrieved in the Chinese science and technology periodical database of VIP (1989-2009). The clinical application and its mechanism of perimenopausal syndrome treated with acupuncture and moxibustion are summarized. The summarized literatures indicate that body acupuncture, auricular acupuncture, acupoint catgut embedding and combined therapy are used in acupuncture and moxibustion for treatment of perimeno-pausal syndrome. The research of mechanism includes regulation of nerve-endocrine-immunity net, regulation of free radical metabolism, regulation of blood lipid and bone metabolism. The literature suggest that acupuncture and moxibustion has definite therapeutic effect on perimenopausal syndrome with advantages of convenience, lower cost and safety.