Many menopausal women using complementary therapies for symptoms

October 31, 2000 in Menopause

Many menopausal women using complementary therapies for symptoms

A recent American survey of menopausal women finds that many are using complementary medicine therapies to ameliorate symptoms such as hot flashes and trouble sleeping, researchers said last week at the Community Prevention Research in Women's Health Conference at the National Institutes of Health.

About 2,600 women age 45 and over were surveyed by state officials in Florida, Tennessee, and Minnesota in a funded study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Office of Women's Health at the Dept. of Health and Human Services. Forty-four percent were menopausal and another 39% were menopausal as a result of a hysterectomy. About 35% of all the women said they did not use any therapy to treat menopausal symptoms, while 19% said they used conventional medications only. Twenty-one percent used complementary or alternative therapies alone, and 25% said they used both conventional and alternative methods.

By far the most popular therapy was vitamins and minerals, followed by herbal remedies. Soy protein, body/mind work, and melatonin were all further down the list.

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