Research

Wellness Through Yoga and the Science Behind it.

Latest Yoga News:

  • Yoga Shown Effective for Neck Pain

German study shows benefits of yoga for neck pain.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127093857.htm

  • Dr Tim McCall: 75 conditions helped by yoga:

Dr Tim McCall, MD: 75 Conditions Helped by Yoga

Research shows Therapeutic Yoga is good for the mind and body.

 

Studies

Just a few examples of the many studies indicating Yoga is good for you!

1)  National Institutes for Health (NIH) Website

The National Institutes for Health acknowledges what yoga practitioners have known all along.  Read the  studies  and other medical  information at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine  website. This informative site has links to videos, studies and position papers on the value of yoga, especially in the aging process and for stress reduction. Visit the site here:

http://nccam.nih.gov/health/yoga

2)  American Journal of Health Promotion. September/October 2011

Changes in Physician Costs Among High-Cost Transcendental Meditation Practitioners Compared With High-Cost Nonpractitioners Over 5 Years

The highest-spending 10% of 1418 Quebec health insurance enrollees who practiced the TM technique were compared with the highest 10% of 1418 subjects who were randomly selected from enrollees of the same age, sex, and region. TM participants had chosen to begin the technique prior to choosing to enter the study. (Yoga related)

http://www.ajhpcontents.org/doi/abs/10.4278/ajhp.100729-ARB-258

3)  Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine. May 2007

Yoga Asana sessions increase brain GABA levels: a pilot study

Streeter CC, Jensen JE, Perlmutter RM, Cabral HJ, Tian H, Terhune DB, Ciraulo DA, Renshaw PF.

Division of Psychiatry, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, MA 02118, USA. streeter@bu.edu

In experienced yoga practitioners, brain GABA levels increase after a session of yoga. This suggests that the practice of yoga should be explored as a treatment for disorders with low  GABA levels such as depression and anxiety disorders. Link to web page

4)  Physical Therapy . January 2004

A Yoga-Based Exercise Program for People With Chronic Post Stroke Hemiparesis

Julie V Bastille, Kathleen M Gill-Body

This was a preliminary investigation of the effects of a yoga-based exercise program on people with chronic (greater than 9 months) poststroke hemiparesis. Many people who have had a stroke report an impaired health status because of a reduced level of activity. Proponents of yoga contend that it offers a gentle alternative exercise program that can be easily adapted for people who have had a stroke. PDF Article for download

5)  Spine. 15 August 2012

A Pragmatic Multicentered Randomized Controlled Trial of Yoga for Chronic Low Back Pain: Economic Evaluation

Chuang, Ling-Hsiang PhD*; Soares, Marta O. MSc†; Tilbrook, Helen MSc*; Cox, Helen MSc*; Hewitt, Catherine E. PhD*; Aplin, John PhD‡; Semlyen, Anna MSc§; Trewhela, Alison DBL, CSL¶; Watt, Ian MB, ChB*,ı; Torgerson, David J. PhD*

The objective of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of yoga intervention plus usual care compared with usual care alone for chronic or recurrent low back pain. Abstract

Reports:

1)  Yoga As Medicine: An M.D. and Yogi on How It Works- The importance of alternative therapies in the western world

By Nina Zolotow.

Most M.D.s aren’t trained in alternative therapies, but a growing contingent of M.D.s is more broadly trained in complementary and alternative medicine. And some are trained in yoga — a practice that’s been emerging as a highly effective alternative therapy for many chronic health conditions and symptoms. Full article

2)  Novel Exercise Program May Trump Meds for Dementia

Caroline Cassels, Mar 28, 2013.

A novel exercise program may improve physical and cognitive outcomes in patients who have dementia, with effect sizes greater than those achieved with dementia medications, new research suggests.  Article link

3)  Downward-Facing Docs: Med Students Study Yoga To Help Patients, Selves

Rachel Zimmerman, February 10, 2012.

“Many of these schools incorporate into their curriculum an experiential approach, in which students actually participate in some type of “alternative” therapy — yoga, meditation, acupuncture for example — … if patients are doing it, it’s something doctors should know about.” Read the full article

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