Women who are coping with menopause are looking to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for ways to manage their symptoms, according to a review of surveys conducted between 2000 and 2012 among women worldwide. Researchers from the Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine in Daejeon, South Korea, and the University of Exeter in Exeter, United Kingdom, noted that among the 26 surveys identified internationally, many were of poor methodological quality. An analysis of the higher-quality surveys found that 32.9% of women regularly used some form of CAM therapy and 50.5% used these therapies specifically to manage menopausal symptoms. Yoga was included among the most popular CAM modalities, together with herbal medicine, soy/phytoestrogens, evening primrose oil and relaxation. Study authors called for more rigorous research into the effectiveness of CAM therapies for managing menopausal symptoms.
The study is available in Maturitas (2013; doi: 10.1016/j.maturitas.2013.02.005).