Improving vasomotor symptoms; psychological symptoms; and health-related quality of life in peri- or post-menopausal women through yoga: An umbrella systematic review and meta-analysis
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Improving vasomotor symptoms; psychological symptoms; and health-related quality of life in peri- or post-menopausal women through yoga
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVES: Vasomotor symptoms (VMS), commonly reported during menopausal transition, negatively affect psychological health and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). While hormone therapy is an effective treatment, its use is limited by concerns about possible harms. Thus, many women with VMS seek nonhormonal, nonpharmacologic treatment options. However, evidence to guide clinical recommendations is inconclusive. This study reviewed the effectiveness of yoga, tai chi and qigong on vasomotor, psychological symptoms, and HRQoL in peri- or post-menopausal women. DESIGN: MEDLINE, Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, EMBASE, CINAHL and the Allied and Complementary Medicine Database were searched. Researchers identified systematic reviews (SR) or RCTs that evaluated yoga, tai chi, or qigong for vasomotor, psychological symptoms, and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in peri- or post-menopausal women. Data were abstracted on study design, participants, interventions and outcomes. Risk of bias (ROB) was assessed and updated meta-analyses were performed. RESULTS: We identified one high-quality SR (5 RCTs, 582 participants) and 3 new RCTs (345 participants) published after the SR evaluating yoga for vasomotor, psychological symptoms, and HRQoL; no studies evaluated tai chi or qigong. Updated meta-analyses indicate that, compared to controls, yoga reduced VMS (5 trials, standardized mean difference (SMD) -0.27, 95% CI -0.49 to -0.05) and psychological symptoms (6 trials, SDM -0.32; 95% CI -0.47 to -0.17). Effects on quality of life were reported infrequently. Key limitations are that adverse effects were rarely reported and outcome measures lacked standardization. CONCLUSIONS: Results from this meta-analysis suggest that yoga may be a useful therapy to manage bothersome vasomotor and psychological symptoms.

Author(s): 
Shepherd-Banigan, M.
Goldstein, K. M.
Coeytaux, R. R.
McDuffie, J. R.
Goode, A. P.
Kosinski, A. S.
Van Noord, M. G.
Befus, D.
Adam, S.
Masilamani, V.
Nagi, A.
Williams, J. W.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Journal Abbreviation: 
Complement Ther Med
Publication Date: 
2017-10
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
156-164
Volume: 
34
ISSN: 
1873-6963
DOI: 
10.1016/j.ctim.2017.08.011
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 28917368

Turabian/Chicago Citation

M. Shepherd-Banigan, K. M. Goldstein, R. R. Coeytaux, J. R. McDuffie, A. P. Goode, A. S. Kosinski, M. G. Van Noord, D. Befus, S. Adam, V. Masilamani, A. Nagi and J. W. Williams. 2017-10. "Improving vasomotor symptoms; psychological symptoms; and health-related quality of life in peri- or post-menopausal women through yoga: An umbrella systematic review and meta-analysis." Complementary Therapies in Medicine 34: 156-164. 10.1016/j.ctim.2017.08.011.

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