The C.A.M. Report
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.

  • Common sense considerations

    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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    Are walking and yoga beneficial during menopause?

    It’s controversial, but Dr. Steriani Elavsky, assistant professor of kinesiology at Penn State University, claims that a walking or yoga program can have a positive effect — including fewer hot flashes — in women in menopause.

    Here is an article about the study and here is the abstract.

    • 164 menopausal women who exercised less than 2 times a week for 30 minutes or more at moderate intensity
    • Randomly assigned to a walking program, yoga program, or no additional exercise

    Women who walked or practiced yoga had better quality of life and reduced negative effects of menopause (including fewer hot flashes) compared to no-exercise.

    Now, while she agrees that regular exercise is beneficial for women as they reach middle age, Dr. Lila Nachtigall, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York University School of Medicine, says she has never seen it reduce hot flashes — the most troubling menopause symptom for most women.

    “A lot of women who are regular exercisers tell me that they have a harder time exercising because of the flushing,” she says. However, exercise probably does have a beneficial impact on other menopause symptoms, such as sleep disturbance, and anxiety.

    3/26/07 20:32 JR

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