Meditation Chills Hot Flashes, Warms Sex Life
The price is right, and the benefits are many: University of Massachusetts researchers are convinced that mindfulness training, based on a Buddhist meditation concept, reduces the distress associated with hot flashes and improved physical, psychosocial and sexual functioning. US News & World Report reports that the UMass study divided 110 women between the ages of 47 and 69 into two groups, one of which was given mindfulness training, and one of which was not. The researchers, who measured four dimensions of quality of life: physical, psychosocial, vasomotor (hot flashes), and sexual function, found that eight weeks of mindfulness training the meditating group had an average decrease of 15 percent in how much their symptoms bothered them vs. 7 percent for the control group. While hot flash intensity did not differ significantly, the training group reported better sleep, and less anxiety and perceived stress.