In 1993, as the results obtained by clients of Dinah Rodrigues were very good, she decided to make a research of the effects of yoga-therapy practice on estradiol level and symptoms of menopause, and hormonal imbalances : hot flushes, uro-genital dryness, emotional instability, insomnia, tiredness, depression, migraine, infertility, hair loss, etc. To control the results she asked the participants a blood test of estradiol before beginning the practice, which should be repeated each 4 months and a questionnaire to evaluate the intensity of symptoms, repeated every month.
RESULTS OF THE RESEARCH
The results were very good: 100% of the clients , in 3 to 4 months of practice, without medication, either had no more symptoms and if there was any symptom, their intensity was near zero.
1 – HORMONE LEVEL
There was 254% average increase in hormone level in 4 months, with 30 minutes of exercises each other day.
2 – INFLUENCE OF AGE
Average age of students was 47 years, but being older than that did not hinder the results – some clients over 70 had good results, reactivating the hormone production and getting rid of symptoms.
3 – EMOTIONAL SYMPTOMS
Irritability, neurasthenia, emotional instability, crying spells, insomnia, anxiety, stress and other emotional symptoms as discouragement, tiredness and depression, disappeared in 2 to 3 months of practice. 100% of cases of PMT, migraine, stress and panic syndrome were eliminated completely or had their intensity near zero. Decreased hormone level is certainly an important cause for these symptoms.
Hormonal yoga therapy, besides reactivating hormone production, brings balance to the emotional area, helping to eliminate these symptoms.
4 – PREMATURE MENOPAUSE
Young women also may have hormonal problems as premature menopause which may appear even before 30, causing infertility and psychological problems.
It may have different causes as emotional shock, excess of exercises, very low weight, etc. With yoga therapy hormonal level increased to normal and fertility was restablished.
5 – PMT AND POLICYSTIC OVARY
Women under 40 also may suffer with hormone problems with strong symptoms of PMT and policystic ovary, more common in younger women. With 3 to 4 months practice of yoga therapy, ovary texture became normal, the cysts disappeared completely and menstruation became restablished. In the cases of policystic ovary with infertility, after 4 to 6 months of practice , 80% of them got pregnant.
6 – HAIR LOSS, DRY SKIN AND BRITTLE NAILS
These symptoms also result from decreased hormone level.
With yoga therapy these symptoms are eliminated, but they need additional care.