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Om! Yoga therapy to remove all disorders

Om! Yoga therapy to remove all disorders

Author: Jayashree Nandi
Publication: The Times of India
Date: July 7, 2011
URL: http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-07-01/bangalore/29725683_1_yoga-therapy-nimhans-advanced-centre

Yoga is no longer a traditional fitness workout. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans) not only has a 45-minute yoga package to treat psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia, but has started comparing its curative effects with general medicine.

Doctors at Nimhans say their studies reveal evidence of biological changes in the body brought about by yoga. They prescribe yoga therapy along with medication in major ailments, while using yoga therapy alone for less serious disorders.

Nimhans is currently doing rigorous clinical trials on the impact of yoga in treatment. Doctors are also measuring biological parameters in patients after yoga therapy. This project has been taken up as the scientific community has still not accepted the role of yoga despite even mainstream doctors prescribing it with allopathic treatment.

"In all our investigations, there is a high degree of evidence that yoga in different forms does have a curative effect in diseases like depression, memory loss in elderly persons, schizophrenia and others. We worked out specific protocols for yoga for specific neurological problems. The degree of improvement is comparable to that of medicine," said programme director, Advanced Centre for Yoga, Nimhans, Dr B N Gangadhar.

Benefits of yoga

Nimhans worked out 12 hypothetical leads, and for some, experts have found evidence.

* Yoga reduces cortisol levels (cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland. It's released in response to stress and low level of blood glucocorticoids)

* Yoga increases brain derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF). The protein encoded by this gene is a member of the nerve growth factor family. Expression of this gene is reduced in patients suffering from Alzheimer's and Huntington. It may regulate stress response

* Yoga helps reduce TNF alfa (tumour necrosis factor)

"We found that chanting of `Om' reduces activity of sensors which have become hyperactive in patients suffering from depression. About 35-40 patients come to our centre every day. We've developed a 45-minute package that should be practised daily. We found certain biological parameters also change with yoga practice. It's not merely faith in a traditional therapy; it's much more than faith," Dr B N Gangadhar said.

The yoga university ( Bangalore and Jigani) recently found evidence that it can reduce sugar levels and help control it in a case of juvenile onset diabetes Type 1 of 14-year-old Rakshith S. He suffered very high sugar levels and severe glaucoma for 18 months but now his sugar level has stabilized thanks to 21 days of intensive yoga therapy. It's a matter of pride for Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samstha University.

Rakshith was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of 12 after complaints of giddiness and tiredness and being very hungry most of the time. In September 2009, he was diagnosed with fasting blood sugar level of 340 mg/dl and post-prandial blood sugar level of 525 mg/dl.

"Doctors asked me to take insulin. I used to inject it. Despite using high doses, blood sugar level didn't come to normal," he said.

When he came to SVYASA, his insulin dosage was 24 units in the morning and 24 in the evening. A holistic approach that included asanas, pranayama, suddhi kriyas or detox methods, meditation and sattvic food was put in place. But Rakshith had glaucoma in which the intraocular pressure rises, so he couldn't do all the asanas.

His therapist Rupali Ashok Zamvar said: "We saw tremendous improvement and stability in his sugar level after therapy. His insulin dosage was gradually reduced. We gave him instant relaxation, quick relaxation and deep relaxation techniques. Diet also played a major role."

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