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Yoga may reduce symptoms of menstrual disorders

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  29 April 2017 12:00 AM GMT

London, April 28: Practicing yoga may enhance mood and reduce pain in women affected by menstrual distress associated with physical and psychological symptoms, says a study.

For the study, the researchers carried out a systematic review of the published literature on yoga practice and common menstrual disorders.

Enhanced mood, reduced pain, increased wellbeing, and a heightened relaxation response were among the improved outcomes reported by women who participated in a yoga intervention, according to the findings published in the Jourl of Altertive and Complementary Medicine.

Jennifer Oates of King’s College London assessed the evidence from 15 published studies on the effects of yoga practice on problems such as amenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

A range of yoga interventions were used. Some studies used a combition of Asa, Prayama, and other yogic relaxation or meditation techniques. All of the studies evaluated reported a beneficial effect and reduced symptoms.

“All included studies reported some change in their outcome measures, suggesting reduced symptoms of menstrual distress following a yoga intervention,” the study said. (IANS)

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