Menopause and complementary and integrative medicine: A consideration of clinical evidence, grassroots use and contemporary clinical practice guidelines

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Women’s Health and Complementary and Integrative Medicine, 2019, pp. 36-47
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Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) use has been identified as prevalent among women for the management of menopausal symptoms, generating great interest and concern among conventional medical practitioners and health policy-makers. In this chapter, we draw upon recent quality reviews (e.g. systematic reviews with/without meta-analyses and Cochrane reviews) to investigate the empirical evidence for the efficacy of such CIM treatments as well as the prevalence, patterns, and menopausal women’s decision-making of CIM use. In addition to the clinical evidence of CIM treatments for the management of varied menopausal symptoms, this chapter also introduces contemporary guidelines on CIM use in the menopause to identify whether the ‘lived’ CIM use in menopause fits into the wider landscape of clinical practice guidelines for the menopause. The implications of a number of noteworthy clinical and practice-based issues are then addressed regarding CIM provision in the context of menopausal care.
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