THERAPEUTIC INTEGRATION OF MIND & BODY THROUGH TAI CHI TO ALLEVIATE DEPRESSION IN WOMEN DUE TO MENOPAUSE

srividhya sekhar, Ahmed Shahin

Abstract


Every women progress through middle age and the hormonal action associated with menopausal changes affect the chemical vulnerability to stress and depression.  Most women experience symptom clusters during the menopausal transition for hot flushes and one other co-occurring symptom such as sleep apnea, cognitive dysfunction, mood swings leading to depression. The aim of this study was to examine the therapeutic integration of mind & body through tai chi to alleviate depression due to menopause. A single group pre-post feasibility trial with 10 participants with the age range of 40-45 years reported to depressive symptoms. Ten menopausal women were given training in tai chi for 45 minutes three times a week for 12 weeks. Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) was administered to assess their levels of depression. In the findings the scores of pre test depicted depression on the higher range. The mean score was 15.9 (N=10). After 12 weeks of training the mean score calculated to 12 (N=10) with significant value < 0.05 from which it can be derived that the intervention had made significant reduction in depression levels in women. Findings of this study suggest that mind-body therapy such as tai chi may be beneficial for alleviating specific menopausal symptoms. Large clinical trials are required to determine the effects of mind-body therapies on menopausal symptoms, examine long-term outcomes, and investigate underlying mechanisms.

key words :Mind body therapy, tai chi, menopause, depression.


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ISSN : 2251-1547