The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    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.

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    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Review: Mind body therapies for menopausal symptoms

    Researchers from the University of Virginia Health System, in Charlottesville reviewed 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.

    First, the details.

    21 studies were included in the review.

    And, the results.

    • Yoga, tai chi, and meditation-based programs
      • 8 of 9 studies reported improvement in overall menopausal and vasomotor symptoms.
      • 6 of 7 studies indicated improvement in mood and sleep with yoga-based programs.
      • 4 studies reported reduced musculoskeletal pain.
    • Breath-based and other relaxation therapies
      • Results from 9 studies suggest there’s promise for alleviating vasomotor and other menopausal symptoms, although the findings were mixed.
    • The design of most studies was flawed, complicating interpretation of findings.

    The bottom line?

    Yoga-based and certain other mind-body therapies may be beneficial for alleviating specific menopausal symptoms.

    However, the authors concluded, ”The limitations characterizing most studies hinder interpretation of findings and preclude firm conclusions regarding efficacy.”

    2/21/10 21:24 JR

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