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J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Jun;23(6):407-417. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0363. Epub 2017 Feb 16.

The Effect of Yoga on Menstrual Disorders: A Systematic Review.

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Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, King's College London , London, United Kingdom .

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To summarize and evaluate evidence for the effect of yoga on menstrual disorders.

METHODS:

PubMed, CINAHL/MEDLINE, Web of Science, AMED, and Scopus were searched for English-language literature relevant to the review question. All primary research studies were included.

RESULTS:

Fifteen studies described in 18 papers were included in the review. A range of yoga interventions were used. Some studies used a combination of Asana, Pranayama, and other yogic relaxation or meditation techniques. All included studies reported some change in their outcome measures, suggesting reduced symptoms of menstrual distress following a yoga intervention; however, the heterogeneity and intensity of the interventions and outcome measures meant that findings have limited generalizability and applicability in practice settings.

CONCLUSIONS:

Further research on the relationship between yoga practice and menstrual disorders is warranted, but there must be both consistency in the methods, measures, and quality of studies and a shift toward research on yoga practices that are replicable outside of the clinical trial setting.

KEYWORDS:

menstruation; symptoms management; systematic review; women's health; yoga

PMID:
28437145
DOI:
10.1089/acm.2016.0363
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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