A handful of massage sessions with scented oils may help ease menopause symptoms for some women, suggests a small study that found massage with unscented oil also helped, but considerably less.

Many women are looking for alternative ways to manage hot flashes, sleep problems and other symptoms of menopause.

The most effective treatment is hormone replacement therapy, but that carries possible health risks that many women are not willing to take. Hormones have been tied to increased risks of blood clots, heart attack, stroke and breast cancer.

So researchers are studying alternatives—generally with mixed results.

Reuters, nationwide, June 1, 2012