The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
  • About this web log

    This blog is 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 www.Vicus.com, 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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    Might mindfulness reduce the severity of hot flashes?

    Preliminary evidence supports the feasibility of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in women experiencing severe hot flashes, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

    First, the details.

    • 15 women having at least 7 moderate to severe hot flashes per day attended 8 weekly MBSR classes.
    • The volunteers were assessed for menopause-related quality of life before and at the conclusion of the program.
    • Women kept a daily log of their hot flashes during the 8-week program and for 4 weeks thereafter.

    And, the results.

    • Quality-of-life increased significantly.
    • The severity of hot flash decreased 40% over 11 weeks.

    The bottom line?
    Note: the study reports reduced severity not fewer occurrences.

    Regardless, such a small group of volunteers and the absence of a placebo group doesn’t prove much. But as concluded by the authors, “it warrants further investigation.”

    9/20/07 17:22 JR

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