A team of Germany’s University of Duisburg-Essen researchers found that patients with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, assigned to 12 supervised 90-minute weekly sessions of yoga, had a greater increase in quality of life and reduced activity of their colitis; according to a release issued on April five.
The findings suggest that anyone regular in this may be a valuable adjunct to conventional medical therapies for ulcerative colitis, release of Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, an international journal of gastroenterology and hepatology, indicates.
It can be considered as a safe and effective ancillary intervention for patients with ulcerative colitis and impaired quality of life, the study concluded.
“Many people use yoga to increase their quality of life. Our study suggests that it might be worthwhile to consider yoga as part of a multimodal integrative approach for treating ulcerative colitis,” said Professor Holger Cramer, lead author of this Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics study.
This clinical trial randomly assigned 77 patients with ulcerative colitis in clinical remission but impaired quality of life to yoga.
Not just this! Yoga can lead to better sexual health as well!
Perelman School of Medicine (PSOM) at the University of Pennsylvania study finds “twice-weekly yoga led to better physical, sexual, emotional, and social health”, according to a Penn Medicine news-release.
Men who attended a structured class twice a week during prostate cancer radiation treatment reported less fatigue and better sexual and urinary function than those who didn’t, according to a clinical trial led by PSOM, release points out.
Each session lasted 75 minutes, beginning with five minutes of breathing and centering techniques and ending with five minutes of Savasana, a common yoga position. Typical sessions incorporated sitting, standing, and reclining positions that were modified using props to adapt to each patient’s needs and restrictions, release adds. Dr. Neha Vapiwala was the principal investigator in the study, which was partially funded by American Cancer Society.
Energized by these findings, distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, called this clinical trial looking into the effect of “yoga on the side-effects and quality of life issues caused by prostate cancer treatment” a “step in the positive direction”. Zed urged all major world universities to explore various benefits yoga offered.
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