Researchers from three U.S. medical schools collectively assessed the evidence that yoga could treat people with stress-related medical conditions. These include depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and cardiac disease.
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Boston, MA (PRWEB) March 18, 2012
The Doctors Health Press, a publisher of various natural health newsletters, books and reports, including the popular online Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin, is lending its support to a new study showing that yoga could actively protect you from conditions caused by stress.
As reported in Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin on Thursday, March 15, 2012 (http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/general-health-2/try-this-natural-stress-buster), researchers from three U.S. medical schools collectively assessed the evidence that yoga could treat people with stress-related medical conditions.
These include depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and cardiac disease. Their theory could lead to specific mind-body practices for the prevention and treatment of these conditions in conjunction with standard treatments.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article reports that an earlier study compared a walking group and a yoga group over a 12-week period. It found no increase in GABA levels in the walking group, whereas the yoga group showed increased GABA levels and less anxiety. In another study, patients with chronic low back pain responded to a yoga intervention with increased GABA levels and significant reduction in pain, compared to a group receiving standard care alone.
The Doctors Health Press e-Bulletin article also reports that yoga’s connection to stress relief is long acknowledged. Here, the idea is that stress causes an imbalance in the “autonomic nervous system” and under-activity of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma amino-butyric acid (GABA). Low GABA activity occurs in anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, epilepsy, and chronic pain. According to the study, the theory could explain why certain stimulation decreases seizure frequency and the symptoms of depression.
Yoga is based in the ancient natural system of medicine known as Ayurveda. Its series of stretches are meant at once to be a source of exercise and spirituality.
(SOURCE: Streeter, C., et al., "Effects of yoga on the autonomic nervous system, gamma-aminobutyric-acid, and allostasis in epilepsy, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder," Medical Hypotheses, online Feb. 24, 2012.)
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