Yoga for bronchial asthma: a controlled
Abstract: Fifty three
patients with asthma underwent training for two weeks in an integrated set
of yoga exercises, including breathing exercises, suryanamaskar, yogasanas
(physical postures), Pranayama (breath slowing techniques), dhyana
(meditation), and a devotional session, and were told to practice these
exercises for 65 minutes daily. They were then compared with a control
group of 53 patients with asthma matched for age, sex, type and severity
of asthma who continued to take their usual drugs. There was a
significantly greater improvement in the group who practiced yoga in the
weekly number of attacks of asthma, scores for drug treatment, and peak
flow rate. Read More...
An Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy for
Bronchial Asthma: A 3 -54-Month Prospective Study
Abstract : After an initial integrated yoga training program of 2 to
4 weeks, 570 bronchial asthmatics were followed up for 3 to 54 months. The
training consisted of yoga practices-Yogasanas, Pranayama, meditation, and
kriyas-and theory of yoga. Results show highly significant improvement in
most of the specific parameters. The regular practitioners showed the
greatest improvement. Peak expiratory flow rate (PFR) values showed
significant movement of patients toward normalcy after yoga, and 72, 69, and
66% of the patients have stopped or reduced parenteral, oral, and cortisone
medication, respectively. Read More...
Daily PEFR Studies In Bronchial Asthmatics
During Yoga Therapy
Abstract : Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR)
is a good indicator for the lung function capacity. Daily PEFR recorded in
161 patients of bronchial asthma after yoga therapy of one hour daily for 15
days has shown significant trend toward s improvement. Yoga is found to be
an important non pharmacological approach. Read More...
Yoga - Chair Breathing For Acute Episodes of Bronchial Asthma
Abstract : One hundred and ten episodes of airway obstruction in 86
bronchial asthmatics were treated by a special eight stepped yoga chair
breathing procedure consisting of very simple neck muscle relaxation
movements and asanas with breathing exercises. Seventy percent of the
episodes have been successfully relieved within a mean time of 30 mts. The
patients gained great confidence and tried this technique before resorting
to drugs. The reduction in panic anxiety elements, cutting the vicious
circle of aggravating bronchial obstruction appear to work in relieving the
acute episodes. Read More...
Clinical Study of Yoga Techniques In
University Students With Asthma: A Control Study
Adult asthmatics, ranging from 19 to 52 years from an asthma and allergy
clinic in a university setting volunteered to participate in the study. The
17 students were randomly divided into yoga (9 subjects) and non-yoga control
(8 subjects) groups. The yoga group was taught a set of breathing and
relaxation techniques including breath slowing exercises (Pranayama),
physical postures (yogasanas), and meditation. Yoga techniques were taught
at the university health center, three times a week for 16 weeks. All the
subjects in both groups maintained daily symptom and medication diaries,
collected A.M. and P.M. peak flow readings, and completed weekly
questionnaires. Spirometry was performed each subject every week. Analysis
of the data showed that the subjects in the yoga group reported a
significant degree of relaxation, positive attitude and better yoga exercise
tolerance. There was also a tendency towards lesser usage of beta adrenergic
inhalers. The pulmonary function did not vary significantly between yoga
& control groups. Yoga techniques seem beneficial as an adjunct to the
medical management of asthma. (Allergy and asthma proc 19: 3-9, 1998) Read More...
Preliminary studies of Yoga Therapy for
Preliminary studies to ascertain the efficacy of Yoga therapy in the
treatment of bronchial asthma and to develop suitable set of yogic practices
are presented in this report.
The data clearly indicates a significant qualitative improvement in all the
following parameters: Read More...
Yoga Therapy For NIDDM; A Controlled Trial
Objective - To study the potential of yoga therapy as an aid to the
management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM).
Design - A randomized trial comparing the policy of offering yoga
classes with that of non - intervention,
Setting - Royal Free Hospital, London.
Patients - 21patients with NIDDM, taking medication (13) or on diet
control alone (8). Read More...
Measuring the Effect of Yoga in Rheumatoid
SIR - RA is a complex disease which
requires the broad skills of a multidisciplinary team for effective
management. Increasing attention is now given to the patient's role with
the team. With emphasis on self-help and a greater degree of control by the
patients of their disease and its treatment. A logical extension of this
process is the use of less conventional methods of management in conjunction
with a conventional medical treatment regime. In this context the physical
and psychological control and relaxation induced by yoga appeared attractive
but reservation has been expressed regarding the applicability of yoga to
patients with physical handicap. We therefore set up a pilot study to
explore the ability of patients with severe RA to participate in a yoga
program and to make observations regarding any benefit obtained. We
believe this is the first controlled trial of yoga for RA  . Twenty
volunteers with RA of sufficient severity to require disease-modifying
therapy were selected for the study. Ten entered a yoga program and 10
acted as controls. Table 1 gives bio-data for the two groups. Read More...
IMPROVEMENT IN HAND GRIP STRENGTH IN NORMAL VOLUNTEERS AND RHEUMATOID
ARTHRITIS PATIENTS FOLLOWING YOGA TRAINING
Abstract: The present study aimed
at assessing the effects of a set of yoga practices on normal adults (n=37),
children (n=86), and patients with rheumatoid arthritis (n=20). An equal
number of normal adults, children, and patients with rheumatoid arthritis
who did not practice yoga were studied under each category, forming
respective control groups. Yoga and control group subjects were assessed at
baseline and after varying intervals, as follows, adults after 30 days,
children after 10 days and patients after 15 days, based on the duration of
the yoga program, which they attended, which was already fixed. Hand grip
strength of both hands, measured with a grip dynamometer, increased in
normal adults and children, and in rheumatoid arthritis patients, following
yoga, but not in the corresponding control groups, showing no re-test
effect. Adult female volunteers and patients showed a greater percentage
improvement than corresponding adult males. This gender-based difference was
not observed in children. Hence yoga practice improves hand grip strength in
normal persons and in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, though the
magnitude of improvement varies with factors such as gender and age. Read More...
THE BASIS FOR AN INTEGRATED APPROACH IN YOGA
The basis for an integrated approach for Yoga Therapy rooted in Upanishads
and Yoga texts is presented in this report. After presenting a general
classification of ailments, the science of psychosomatic diseases is
The origin of diseases at Manomaya Kosa (a
subtle sheath of our existence) percolates to the gross physical frame
through Pranayama Kosa in which disturbances in the flow of Prana and
instability of the Nadis are caused.
The integrated approach is to harmonize and
calm down the disturbances at all these levels by Kriyas, Physical
exercises, Asanas, Breathing and Pranayama, Meditation and Devotional
session, Analysis and Jnana Yoga.
The results of this approach presented
elsewhere has shown promising implicational value. Read More...
Applications of integrated approach of Yoga -
The review paper presents the
overall results of the investigations undertaken to examine the efficacy of
Yoga Therapy in the treatment and rehabilitation of various stress induced
psychosomatic ailments in the psychiatric problems The work covers a period
about 5 years. The region investigations encompassed some selected cities of
Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh,
Delhi, Bihar and West Bengal. But Bangalore has been selected as the main
work base for study and research. Read More...
YOGA IN MEDICINE
History: Yoga has its origin in Sankhya
philosophy of Indian culture which is about 8000 years old. Upanishads, the
essence of Vedas, Bhagavad-Gita, Patanjali yoga sutras, Hatha pradipika,
Gheranda samhita and Yoga Vasistha are common texts of yoga.
What is yoga?
Yoga is not only physical postures. The practices like Pranayama and
meditation are also included under yoga. The word Yoga is derived from the Sanskrit
verb "Yuj" (to unite) which refers to merging of individual
Consciousness with universal Consciousness. Patanjali defines yoga as 'mastery
over the modifications of mind-Chitta vritti nirodhah'. Read More...
PHYSIOLOGICAL SCIENCES IN INDIA: FOUNDATIONS
In recent years there has been
considerable interest in scientific research on yoga in India and in the
West. However, it is heartening as well as interesting that the earliest
research on this ancient Indian science began in Lonavala (Maharashtra). The
meticulous work which also involved X-ray studies was carried out by Swami Kuvalayananda (Kuvalayananda 1925a,b), who demonstrated
pressure changes as well as shifts in the relative positions of the viscera
during Kriyas or cleansing procedures. After this, for a while yoga research
was focused on investigating physiological potentials and some unusual
claims of yogis being able to lower their metabolism (Anand et al. 1961a),
to shut off sensory stimuli while meditating (Anand et al. 1961b), and their
ability to alter their cardiovascular functions at will (Anand et al. 1961
c, Wenger et al. 1961, Kothari et al. 1973). Read More...
YOGA IN HEALTH AND DISEASE Part I
The modern medical system has
replaced almost all the traditional systems of medicine in different parts
of this globe because of its rational basis. It has proved itself most
effective in saving man from the fatal hands of contagious and infectious
diseases. However, rapidly increasing incidence of stress related ailments
is posing a great challenge to the modern medical system. It is here that
Yoga appears to make a vital contribution to the modern medical system. To
date, large number of publications are available studying various aspects of
yoga in health and disease. Read More...
YOGA IN HEALTH AND DISEASE Part II
Yoga in Rehabilitation: Yoga
practices have been tried in the rehabilitation of various socially
disadvantaged groups like inmates of jails, drug abusers, alcoholics,
congenitally blind, mentally retarded and children from community (remand)
homes. In all these socially disadvantaged groups, either due to repressed
anger or depression or anxiety, a heightened state of mental arousal could
be a common underlying factor, that can interfere with their efficiency in
any new learning for better living or for improved performance. Read More...
Effect of 'pranic' healing in chronic Musculoskeletal pain
Objective: To compare the immediate effect of panic healing, a non-touch non
pharmacological method of treatment, in chronic musculoskeletal pain with a
placebo session of random hand movements.
Design: A self control single blind study. Patients were blind folded with
an eye band on both days of the healing and placebo session. Read More...
BASELINE OCCUPATIONAL STRESS LEVELS AND PHYSIOLOGICAL RESPONSES TO A TWO DAY STRESS MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
he benefits of work site stress
management programs for a symptomatic employee populations remain to be
established. The present study evaluated the physiological changes of a yoga
based stress management program for 26 a symptomatic, male, middle managers.
The Occupational Stress index (OSI) and autonomic parameters were measured.
Data of subjects with OSI greater or less than the median ware analyzed
separately.. Read More...
Yoga - A National Perspective
The rule of the British in India, in a sense, was a boon for India.
Their ulterior motive of initially, business and then to conquer India no
doubt succeeded. But the subtle tactics of education to create an army of
slaves and clerks in India so that the British could rule India for eternity
did not work for long. The English-educated little genius Naren, with an
innate urge to find God, powered by Gadadhara, the great Ramakrishna
Paramahansa, reversed the calculations of the British. The studentship of
Sri Aurobindo in England only made. Read More...