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.

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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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    Review: Mind body therapies for menopausal symptoms

    Researchers from the University of Virginia Health System, in Charlottesville reviewed yoga and/or meditation-based programs, tai chi, and other relaxation practices, including muscle relaxation and breath-based techniques, relaxation response training, and low-frequency sound-wave therapy.

    First, the details.

    21 studies were included in the review.

    And, the results.

    • Yoga, tai chi, and meditation-based programs
      • 8 of 9 studies reported improvement in overall menopausal and vasomotor symptoms.
      • 6 of 7 studies indicated improvement in mood and sleep with yoga-based programs.
      • 4 studies reported reduced musculoskeletal pain.
    • Breath-based and other relaxation therapies
      • Results from 9 studies suggest there’s promise for alleviating vasomotor and other menopausal symptoms, although the findings were mixed.
    • The design of most studies was flawed, complicating interpretation of findings.

    The bottom line?

    Yoga-based and certain other mind-body therapies may be beneficial for alleviating specific menopausal symptoms.

    However, the authors concluded, ”The limitations characterizing most studies hinder interpretation of findings and preclude firm conclusions regarding efficacy.”

    2/21/10 21:24 JR

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