Do alternative therapies help with menopause?

Author(s):Lydia L. Kim, Digital Content Editor

A recent study examined the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) to help women as they transition into menopause. These CAM therapies included nutrition-based options, physical treatments, psychological therapies, herbal medicines, and folk medicines.

The study was conducted by the Women’s Health Across the Nation and examined a group of 3,302 women from five racial and ethnic groups. The women were followed for 6 years, and 80% used some form of CAM treatment within that time; the highest use rates were among white and Japanese women (60%).

The results of the study didn’t provide any evidence that CAM therapies improve the menopause transition or symptoms. The researchers suggest that “women’s personal preferences should be taken into consideration by healthcare providers” when making medical decisions during menopause.

Please read more about the study here.

Source:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18090037

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