New Delhi: As per a new study, practicing yoga can help in reducing pain in women affected by menstrual distress.
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 Journal of Alternative 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 combination of Asana, Pranayama, 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.
(With Agency inputs)