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5 Wellness Trends Women Are Trying in Midlife

By Laura Scholz
Reviewed by Daniel Lew, M.D.
May 23, 2022

If you’ve attended a yoga class or received a massage, you’re one of an estimated 38% of adults using complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).

According to board-certified interventional specialist Jordan Tate, M.D., many women over 40 seek alternative therapies when “their symptoms don’t fit a textbook diagnosis or treatment pathway, particularly when it comes to hormonal-related issues like chronic pain and fatigue related to perimenopause and menopause.”

Although there’s a dearth of evidence-based research to support the efficacy of these complementary therapies and health practices—such approaches often fall outside of mainstream medicine and don’t receive funding for in-depth studies—board-certified internist Caroline Abruzese, M.D., says they can still be a great way to “augment or even prevent the need for traditional medical care.”