Ginger Treats Heavy Menstrual Bleeding

In the first study of its kind, ginger is found to be an effective treatment for heavy menstrual bleeding in young women.

Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia) is one of the most common gynecological problems in women, accounting for approximately 15% of all Continue reading

How Whole Body Vibration Exercises Can Help Improve Fitness in the Elderly

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  • Research suggests Whole Body Vibration (WBV) training can stimulate muscle growth and improve overall fitness in the elderly. Previous studies have also demonstrated Continue reading

Yoga Boosts Stress-busting Hormone, Reduces Pain: York U Study

TORONTO-A new study by York University researchers finds that practicing yoga reduces the physical and psychological symptoms of chronic pain in women with fibromyalgia.

The study is the first to look at the effects of yoga on cortisol levels in women with fibromyalgia. The condition, which predominantly affects women, is characterized by chronic pain and fatigue; common symptoms include muscle stiffness, sleep disturbances, gastrointestinal discomfort, anxiety and depression.

Previous research has found that women with fibromyalgia have lower-than-average cortisol levels, which contribute to pain, fatigue and stress sensitivity.  Continue reading

Shamatha Meditation shows Pain Reduction on MRI

Focus, Zen, meditate and your pain may go away or diminish. A new MRI brain image study shows that just after a short period of meditation, pain intensity is weakened when subjected to unpleasant stimuli such as extreme heat.

The study participants were taught a meditation technique known as focused attention, which involves paying close attention to breathing patterns while acknowledging and letting go of thoughts that distract you.

Fadel Zeidan, PhD, who is a postdoctoral fellow at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, says:

“This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation.”

Prior to learning the meditation technique, brain imaging showed significant activity  Continue reading