Menopausal SymptomsIt is estimated that in our times, every seven of ten women in menopausal age suffer from quite severe menopausal symptoms which cause a lot of negative emotions and decrease the life quality. Such symptoms as menopausal hot flashes, sweating and frequent calls for urination usually bring plenty of discomfort. Other symptoms, including increased irritability, anxiety, mood swings and depression can sometimes turn the life of a woman in menopausal age and people around her into total nightmare. According to specialists, every one of ten women experiences the mentioned menopausal symptoms for five years or even longer. That is why a great deal of modern scientists and health care experts are trying to find the best solutions to reduce and possibly relieve menopausal symptoms, this way helping millions of women in making their life happier and fuller.

For the moment, there are a few options for those women who are looking for an effective relief or the best ways to manage the symptoms. Those include, first of all, a number of medications and special treatments with oestrogen which are considered quite an effective option for the most of women. It has been extensively used just 20-30 years ago and was considered effective for about 40 per cent of women. However, since a number of recent studies have found the links between this kind of menopausal treatments and serious health risks, namely elevated risk for breast cancer and cardiovascular diseases  like a heart disease or heart attack, lately the use of oestrogen therapy has greatly decreased. It is estimated that this treatment is used by only one in ten patients with severe menopausal symptoms.

Fortunately, more and more effective natural treatments for menopausal symptoms are being discovered. A great deal of studies and scientific researches are currently being held in order to find what medicinal herbs, plants, folk remedies, or other alternative technologies could assist women in relieving the menopausal symptoms. A group of scientists led by Elizabeth Nedstrand, a consultant at Women’s Clinic at Linköping University and Linköping University Hospital in Relaxation TechniquesSweden, carried out a series of clinical trials involving a group of women with clear menopausal symptoms, from moderate to severe ones. The participants were assigned to one of three groups, and all three groups were treated with a special treatment program involving a combination of light hormonal therapy and a natural approach.

One group was testing a special alternative technology with plenty of physical exercise, the members of another group were treated with the most common approaches of aromatherapy, and the last group tried a specially designed program involving various relaxation techniques, including breathing exercises, group therapy, and others. “The participants were given exercises to practice daily at home. The goal was for them to learn to use the method on their own and to be able to manage their own symptoms,” the study leader said. After analyzing the results of special saliva tests and interviewing the participants, it became apparent that those women who were offered to use relaxation techniques and breathing exercise managed to achieve better results and started feeling a better relief compared to the members of other study group.

It was estimated that the women from relaxation techniques group managed to decrease the number of hot flashes from an average 9.1 per day down to 4.4. At that, other participants reported a slight decrease in hot flashes frequency, and the decrease was from 9.7 to 7.8. Also, substantial positive changes were reported by the relaxation techniques group members in regards to such menopausal symptoms as anxiety, insomnia, abilities to focus and memorize. The women were followed for a certain period of time after the research, and it is reported that the effects of the treatment lasted for about 3 months. The findings of this interesting study were recently published in the journals Menopause, and those who want to get more information about this research can go to this webpage to see the full report.

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.


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