We all know that meditation can benefit, well everyone. From students needing to learn how to better focus, to those in business who suffer from too much stress and anxiety, when it comes to the benefits that a meditation practice holds the list goes on and on. But do those benefits extend to women facing menopause? A new study from the University of Massachusetts says yes.
Checkout this recent US News & World Report post on how mindfulness training can help reduce hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia, three symptoms of menopause. According to Ellin Holohan, the study is important because typically these symptoms are attributed to poor health.
The University of Massachusetts research showed that mindfulness training, based on a Buddhist meditation concept, reduced the distress associated with hot flashes and improved physical, psychosocial and sexual functioning.
“The findings are important because hormone replacement therapy, used to treat menopause symptoms in the past, has been associated with health risks,” said study author James Carmody, an associate professor of medicine in the division of preventive and behavioral medicine.
About 40 percent of menopausal women suffer from hot flashes and night sweats, which undermine their quality of life, the researchers noted. But since hormone replacement therapy has been linked with an increased risk of heart disease, breast cancer and stroke, Carmody observed that “not only are women looking for alternative treatments, it is an NIH (National Institutes of Health) priority to find behavioral treatments.”
Read more from Holohan on using mindfulness meditation to treat menopause here.