The Straits Times
Published on Dec 03, 2012

Study links relaxation method to reduced hot flashes


Reuters - Studies of the effects of relaxation techniques on menopause symptoms have yielded mixed results so far, but a study from Sweden comes down in favour of the approach as an alternative to hormone therapy.

Postmenopausal women trained to relax before and during the onset of hot flashes cut the frequency of those events in half during the three-month trial, researchers wrote in the journal Menopause. Women in a comparison group that got no treatments experienced little change in their symptoms.

Hormone replacement therapy is thought to help by stabilising the hormone fluctuations of the years just before and after menopause, but not all women can take hormones because of other health conditions or risk factors. Many do not want to because of possible risks from the hormones themselves.

"Applied relaxation can be used to treat vasomotor symptoms (such as hot flashes) in postmenopausal women," wrote lead author Lotta Lindh-Astrand of Linkoping University.