The Alternative Approach to Menopause Symptoms
In a recent thread soliciting topics of interest to readers, GingerSnaps suggested menopause. Menopause is a huge topic, of course, so today I want to focus on a resource that reviews complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as many women look to these approaches to address symptoms.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (part of the National Institutes of Health) summarizes what is known from scientific research about numerous popular alternative therapies and techniques, as well as on specific conditions, including menopause. What I like about this site is that the Center is not involved in selling any supplements and it presents basic information about what is known about the effectiveness and safety of CAM approaches.
Our Bodies Ourselves also has some great content (including on “natural” products and the medicalization of menopause) in their “Midlife and Menopause” section, including excerpts from their book, “Our Bodies, Ourselves: Menopause.”