Mind-body therapies for menopausal symptoms: a systematic review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Mind-body therapies for menopausal symptoms
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: To systematically review the peer-reviewed literature regarding the effects of self-administered mind-body therapies on menopausal symptoms. METHODS: To identify qualifying studies, we searched 10 scientific databases and scanned bibliographies of relevant review papers and all identified articles. The methodological quality of all studies was assessed systematically using predefined criteria. RESULTS: Twenty-one papers representing 18 clinical trials from 6 countries met our inclusion criteria, including 12 randomized controlled trials (N=719), 1 non-randomized controlled trial (N=58), and 5 uncontrolled trials (N=105). Interventions included 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. Eight of the nine studies of yoga, tai chi, and meditation-based programs reported improvement in overall menopausal and vasomotor symptoms; six of seven trials indicated improvement in mood and sleep with yoga-based programs, and four studies reported reduced musculoskeletal pain. Results from the remaining nine trials suggest that breath-based and other relaxation therapies also show promise for alleviating vasomotor and other menopausal symptoms, although intergroup findings were mixed. Most studies reviewed suffered methodological or other limitations, complicating interpretation of findings. CONCLUSIONS: Collectively, findings of these studies suggest that yoga-based and certain other mind-body therapies may be beneficial for alleviating specific menopausal symptoms. However, the limitations characterizing most studies hinder interpretation of findings and preclude firm conclusions regarding efficacy. Additional large, methodologically sound trials are needed to determine the effects of specific mind-body therapies on menopausal symptoms, examine long-term outcomes, and investigate underlying mechanisms.

Author(s): 
Innes, Kim E.
Selfe, Terry Kit
Vishnu, Abhishek
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Maturitas
Journal Abbreviation: 
Maturitas
Publication Date: 
2010-06
Publication Year: 
2010
Pages: 
135-149
Volume: 
66
Issue: 
2
ISSN: 
1873-4111
DOI: 
10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.01.016
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 20167444 PMCID: PMC3031101

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Kim E. Innes, Terry Kit Selfe and Abhishek Vishnu. 2010-06. "Mind-body therapies for menopausal symptoms: a systematic review." Maturitas 66: 2: 135-149. 10.1016/j.maturitas.2010.01.016.

Wikipedia Citation

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