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Meditation Techniques To Ease Hot Flashes

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Are you looking for meditation techniques to ease hot flashes?  There’s some great new research on the best way to ease hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia for women who are in menopause.

meditation techniques to ease hot flashes

New research shows that mindfulness meditation techniques are reducing the symptoms of menupause, including hot flashes, night sweats, and insomnia

I was delighted to see that the meditation techniques being researched was mindfulness meditation.  Of course, I do understand that there are a broad range of interpretations of what precisely mindfulness is, but I believe that there are just a few different approaches to mind-body health issues… and mindfulness is right at the top of my list with trance healing methods.

Here’s the report on the University of Massachusetts  research of the meditation techniques to ease hot flashes.

Meditation Eases Hot Flashes

It takes some training, but practicing mindfulness meditation does seem to help ease hot flashes, night sweats and insomnia in menopausal women, according to study results from the University of Massachusetts. Researchers there taught mindfulness meditation to 55 women between the ages of 47 and 69. A comparable group of 55 women of the same age who had the same symptoms were placed on a “waiting list” for training. The women in the first group attended classes once a week for eight weeks and also had a full day of training in mindfulness meditation, which involves focusing on the present. When the study began, the women reported five or more moderate to severe hot flashes or night sweats daily. After nearly two years of practice, the meditating women reported their symptoms bothered them about 15 percent less than they had at the outset, compared to a decrease of only 7 percent in the women who were on the waiting list. The study was published in the June 2011 issue of Menopause.

My take? Mindfulness is the technique of bringing all of our awareness to the here and now, to the sensations in our bodies and our breathing, for example, rather than letting much of it slip away in contemplation of the past and future or of other subjects that are not in the present. The assumption is that when we act with full awareness, our actions are more likely to achieve what we intend. These study results offer further evidence that mindfulness meditation can have a positive effect on health. Other than hormone replacement therapy, women have few options that they can count on to address menopausal symptoms. Mindfulness meditation is a risk-free method that is certainly worth trying.  Read the original report here

Have you ever used mindfulness meditation to help heal, cure, ease, or relieve a health issue?   I’d love to hear about your experiences.  And if you have personal experience using any particular meditation techniques to ease hot flashes, that would be best of all.

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PS… this post was suggested by Araxy Kherlopian,  She has a very interesting website all about sleep apnea and she covers all the latest sleep apnea news.  Go check it out.
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  1. Ann

    March 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I have found that meditation triggers my hot flashes. It is very disruptive and I would love to find a way to make it stop! I meditated every day for over twenty years, but when menopause began I found that the deep relaxation of meditation triggered long violent hot flashes every single time. Falling asleep also triggers hot flashes and I find that I am violently woken a couple of times every night until I finally fall asleep (more out of exhaustion than anything). I wake up repeatedly with the rapid heart beat, muscle tension and hot feeling. My sleep is awful. When I meditate, these incidents will go on and on. I’ve had to stop meditating which has really negatively affected my quality of life.

    I would be interested in any solutions anyone has found that does not involve HRT. Thanks.

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