Now new research suggests acupuncture could cut the number of hot flushes women experience by half.
In a study published in the journal Menopause, more than 200 women who had on average at least four hot flashes or night sweats a day were divided into two groups.
One group received 20 acupuncture treatments over a period of six months, while the other group received no acupuncture or any other alternative remedies.
Of the 170 women who received acupuncture, nearly half (47 per cent) reported a 47 per cent in frequency of hot flushes, within eight weeks.
And one in eight (12 per cent) reported an 85 per cent drop in the number they experienced. One in 25 (four per cent) claimed the ancient Chinese treatment cured them of the feverish flushes completely.
Author Dr Nancy Avis, of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in the US, said acupuncture could be a good solution for many women.
Dr Avis said: "Women bothered by hot flushes and night sweats may want to give acupuncture a try as a relatively low-cost, low-risk treatment."
She added: "Women will know pretty quickly if acupuncture will work for them. Women who had a reduction in their hot flushes saw a benefit beginning after about three to four weeks of weekly treatments."