The Effect of Yoga on Menstrual Disorders: A Systematic Review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
The Effect of Yoga on Menstrual Disorders
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To summarize and evaluate evidence for the effect of yoga on menstrual disorders. METHODS: PubMed, CINAHL/MEDLINE, Web of Science, AMED, and Scopus were searched for English-language literature relevant to the review question. All primary research studies were included. RESULTS: Fifteen studies described in 18 papers were included in the review. A range of yoga interventions were used. Some studies used a combination of Asana, Pranayama, and other yogic relaxation or meditation techniques. All included studies reported some change in their outcome measures, suggesting reduced symptoms of menstrual distress following a yoga intervention; however, the heterogeneity and intensity of the interventions and outcome measures meant that findings have limited generalizability and applicability in practice settings. CONCLUSIONS: Further research on the relationship between yoga practice and menstrual disorders is warranted, but there must be both consistency in the methods, measures, and quality of studies and a shift toward research on yoga practices that are replicable outside of the clinical trial setting.

Author(s): 
Oates, Jennifer
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.)
Journal Abbreviation: 
J Altern Complement Med
Publication Date: 
2017-06
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
407-417
Volume: 
23
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
1557-7708
DOI: 
10.1089/acm.2016.0363
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 28437145

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Jennifer Oates. 2017-06. "The Effect of Yoga on Menstrual Disorders: A Systematic Review." Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (New York, N.Y.) 23: 6: 407-417. 10.1089/acm.2016.0363.

Wikipedia Citation

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