an adjunct to infertility treatment


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      The use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is becoming increasingly popular in the United States. In general, the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy and safety of most CAM therapies is poor. To provide better care and foster an improved doctor–patient relationship, physicians should become informed about CAM, be able to provide educated advice to their patients, and help them integrate any CAM therapies shown to be safe and effective into their health care. SRM will strive to educate and inform, emphasizing the scientific evidence—or lack of it—when evaluating the safety and efficacy of CAM therapies. The appearance of articles on CAM in SRM should not necessarily be seen as an endorsement of the pratice or therapy. CAM therapies should be subjected to the same scientific scrutiny as traditional medicines, while recognizing that existing standards for judging treatments can be vulnerable.
      The Editors
      Yoga and meditation can help women experiencing the challenges of infertility. The practice of meditation and relaxation can help increase the clarity of the mind, maintain healthy body chemistry, and give patients the patience to undergo the rigors of infertility treatments. When one understands and can attain physical relaxation, one tends to feel better about the body itself, and begins to treat the body with more respect. This understanding can lead to healthier lifestyle habits as well as increased sensitivity regarding symptoms and body processes. This is beneficial to both doctor and patient as the patient can report with more clarity and sense cycles and physical issues more readily.
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        • Seibel M.
        • Kaur Khalsa H.
        A woman's book of yoga—embracing our natural life cycles.
        Penguin Putnam, New York2002