Slow breathing won't ease hot flashes, study finds

September 14, 2012

But, despite the widespread belief slow breathing can relieve the discomfort of hot flashes, women in a clinical trial found no benefit from the technique.

Also called paced respiration, it involves taking six to eight breaths every minute. The method is thought to regulate parts of the nervous system that control heart rate and other basic body functions.

But research in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found, on its own, breathing deeply didn't help hot flashes.

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