A number of studies and systematic reviews on complementary health practices for menopausal symptoms have been published. There is limited evidence on the effects of mind and body practices for menopausal symptoms, but a few approaches hold promise. Scientists have found little evidence that natural products, such as herbs and other dietary supplements, are helpful. The long-term safety of phytoestrogens has not been established.
This issue of the digest provides highlights from current evidence on several frequently used complementary health approaches for menopausal symptoms, including phytoestrogens, black cohosh, DHEA, hypnotherapy and mindfulness meditation, acupuncture, and yoga.
What the Science Says:
Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices
Learn what current research has to say about:
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