Yoga for menopausal symptoms: a systematic review

  title={Yoga for menopausal symptoms: a systematic review},
  author={Myeong Soo Lee and Jong-In Kim and Jeongwook Ha and Kate Boddy and Edzard Ernst},
Objective: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of yoga as a treatment option for menopausal symptoms. Methods: We searched the literature using 14 databases from their inception to July 2008 and included all types of clinical studies regardless of their design. The methodological quality of all studies was assessed using a modified Jadad score. Results: Seven studies met our inclusion criteria. Two randomized clinical trials compared the effects of yoga with those of walking… 
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