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Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog ran from 2006 to 2016 and was intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    The material on this weblog is for informational purposes. It is not medical advice or counsel. Be smart, consult your health professional before using CAM.

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    More on yoga and menopause

    There were benefits reported in this study from the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India.

    First, the details.

    • 120 perimenopausal women were randomly assigned yoga or a control group.
    • The yoga group practiced a module comprising breathing practices, sun salutation, and cyclic meditation.
    • The control group practiced a set of simple supervised physical exercises.
    • The routine was 1 hour/day, 5 days/week for 8 weeks.
    • A battery of test were used to assess outcomes.

    And, the results.

    • There was a significant reduction in hot flushes, night sweats, and sleep disturbance in yoga group.
    • But no significant difference in night sweats between groups.
    • There was improvement in cognitive functions such as remote memory, mental balance, attention and concentration, delayed and immediate recall, verbal retention and recognition tests.

    The bottom line?
    The results here show benefits when perimenopausal women practice yoga. Overall, other studies published since 2007 have been positive for participating in yoga during menopause.

    5/28/08 21:52 JR

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