Review of Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Menopausal Symptoms Symbol

  title={Review of Efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Treatments for Menopausal Symptoms Symbol},
  author={Thea R. Moore and Rachel B. Franks and Caroloine Fox},
  journal={Journal of Midwifery and Women'S Health},
&NA; Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments have been used for thousands of years around the world. There has been increased interest in utilizing CAM for menopausal symptoms since the release of results of the Women's Health Initiative elucidated long‐term adverse effects associated with hormone therapy. Women looking for more natural or safer means to treat hot flushes, night sweats, and other menopausal symptoms often turn to CAM such as yoga, phytoestrogens, or black cohosh… 

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