The therapeutic value of yoga in neurological disorders

These findings demonstrate how patients can promote their own health and avoid adverse effects of drugs while taking an active part in health promotion.

ShriK Mishra; Parampreet Singh; StevenJ Bunch; Ray Zhang

2012

Scholarcy highlights

  • The ancient mind and body healing methods of yoga recently sparked fervor in the scientific community as an alternative and complementary means of therapy
  • We evaluated three non-randomized and two randomized studies to assess the effects of yoga in patients with Epilepsy
  • These findings suggest that yoga as well as other forms of aerobic exercise can play a role in improving mobility, activity, and mental function in those with Multiple sclerosis
  • Our review of medical literature found that yoga has been widely used for health promotion and disease prevention and as a possible treatment modality for neurological disorders
  • Ongoing research is underway for treatment of fibromyalgia, headache, migraine, Parkinson's disease, chronic back pain, and many other disorders
  • Rajesh et al performed a prospective, non-randomized clinical trial, in which patients with drug-resistant epilepsy adhered to a twice-daily yoga meditation protocol. 19/20 subjects reported a decreased frequency of seizures within three months, and 6 of those 19 demonstrated significant reductions
  • Efforts must be made to translate and disseminate research findings in yoga so that the best therapy can be paired with its' respective disorder
  • Additional research on the safety and efficacy of Complementary and Alternative Medicine therapies, including research on potential negative interactions between CAM therapies and conventional treatments such as medications, will bring forth the true value of yoga in neurological disorders and other disciplines of medicine

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