Yoga, meditation aid menopausal symptoms after breast cancer

Yoga, meditation aid menopausal symptoms after breast cancer

(HealthDay)—For breast cancer survivors, a yoga and meditation intervention is associated with improvement in menopausal symptoms, according to a study published in the July 1 issue of Cancer.

Holger Cramer, Ph.D., from the Kliniken Essen-Mitte in Germany, and colleagues examined the effects of a 12-week traditional Hatha yoga and meditation intervention on . Forty breast (mean age, 49.2 years) were randomized to yoga (19 women) or usual care (21 women).

The researchers found that, compared with the usual-care group, women in the yoga group reported significantly lower total at week 12 (mean difference, −5.6; P = 0.004) and at week 24 (mean difference, −4.5; P = 0.023). The yoga group reported fewer somatovegetative, psychological, and urogenital menopausal symptoms at week 12, as well as less fatigue and improved quality of life (all P < 0.05). All effects persisted at week 24 except for psychological menopausal symptoms. When only women receiving antiestrogen medication were included (36 women), short-term effects on menopausal symptoms remained significant. In each group there were six minor adverse events.

"Yoga combined with meditation can be considered a safe and effective complementary intervention for menopausal symptoms in ," the authors write.

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