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Yoga as a Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms

For some women, perimenopause is not an easy, smooth transition. Yoga is a regulator of the sympathetic system, respiratory system and the cardiovascular system. Combined with meditation, it is a form of exercise that has the potential to alleviate symptoms in women navigating the climacteric. In my review of literature, this essay will compare information from studies relating to the effectiveness of yoga and mind-body techniques in treating the symptoms associated with menopause. The midwife can offer yoga therapy to women who do not desire hormone therapy and would like to explore a non-allopathic alternative to treat her perimenopausal symptoms. Yoga is moving meditation, the union of mind and body. The word Yoga comes from the Sanskrit word "Yuj" meaning to unite. This means integrating all aspects of the woman- body, mind and spirit. The goals of yoga therapy are to improve the physical body, expand and relax the mind, and achieve a balanced life experience. The study of yoga and mind-body complementary and alternative medicine {CAM} is a fairly recent endeavor in the United States (Bond, 2007). The use of CAM, specifically by women, is on the rise in the United States (Schuiling, 2013). Complementary and alternative medicine {including yoga} in some midwifery communities is an essential part of midwifery practice, and in others, it is utilized only as a personal healthcare or lifestyle choice. It may be applied as an adjunctive measure to support balance and normalcy, or as an alternative option to resolve disability. Women worldwide are finding CAM therapies to relieve menopause symptoms due to the perceived harms associated with hormone therapy- venous thromboembolic disease, breast/ovarian cancer, and stroke (Lunny & Fraser, 2010). In the United States, 45% of menopausal-aged women reported…...

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