Meditation 'improves lives of menopausal women'

Menopausal women suffering from hot flushes who undertake mindfulness classes have improved quality of life, new research has revealed.

The classes, which incorporate elements of meditation and stretching exercises, boost women's sleep quality and reduce stress and anxiety when they are going through the menopause, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, US, found.

"There are certainly many, many women who don't want to take hormones [during menopause]... and don't want to take other drugs either," Dr Ellen Freeman, a menopause expert at the university, told Reuters Health.

She explained mindfulness classes, as an alternative, "may be something that they find very acceptable".

Recently, a Norwegian study, published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, revealed women suffering from severe menopausal symptoms could benefit from acupuncture.

The study's researchers found post-menopausal women who received traditional Chinese acupuncture experienced fewer severe hot flushes and less frequent mood swings.

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