"The data are not definitive," she said. "But I think it's OK to explore this as an option because it's low-risk."
There are other options for managing aromatase inhibitor side effects. For hot flashes, certain antidepressants and the anti-seizure drug gabapentin are often effective, Ganz said.
For muscle and joint pain, Bao said there's evidence that exercise helps -- if a woman can manage that. In some cases, the side effect clears up if a woman switches to a different aromatase inhibitor, Bao noted.
While acupuncture may be low risk, there is the issue of cost. Prices vary, but a typical session runs around $100, and insurance may not cover it.
The American Cancer Society has more on aromatase inhibitors.
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