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research Sep 21, 2012

Via PUBMED and Nicole DeAvilla-Whiting, Ananda Yoga Instructor and Author of The 2 Minute Yoga Solution:

Yoga as an ancillary treatment for neurological and psychiatric disorders: a review.

 

Abstract

"Yoga is gaining acceptance as an ancillary medical treatment, but there have been few studies evaluating its therapeutic benefits in neurological and major psychiatric conditions. The authors reviewed the literature in English on the efficacy of yoga for these disorders. Only randomized, controlled trials were included, with the exception of the only study of yoga for bipolar disorder, which was observational. Trials were excluded if yoga was not the central component of the intervention. Of seven randomized, controlled trials of yoga in patients with neurological disorders, six found significant, positive effects. Of 13 randomized, controlled trials of yoga in patients with psychiatric disorders, 10 found significant, positive effects. These results, although encouraging, indicate that additional randomized, controlled studies are needed to critically define the benefits of yoga for both neurological and psychiatric disorders."

Source

Department of Psychiatry, West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, USA.

Citation

Meyer, Hilary B et al. “Yoga as an ancillary treatment for neurological and psychiatric disorders: a review.” The Journal of neuropsychiatry and clinical neurosciences vol. 24,2 (2012): 152-64. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.11040090

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22772663

 

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