Yoga can significantly mitigate symptoms of menstrual disorders

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

Yoga can significantly mitigate symptoms of menstrual disorders
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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)