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Yoga

Research Spotlight

The databases often return HUNDREDS of medical studies for a single therapy/approach. So this section "spotlights" just five - providing a taste of the research available. They were not selected because they are "best," but to provide an introduction to the more extensive research you'll uncover at the 4 databases.

  • A Boston University School of Medicine (US) randomized controlled study reveals 12 weeks of yoga results in significant increases in a critical brain chemical that improves mood and lowers anxiety.
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  • A Harvard Medical School (US) controlled study concluded that 2 months of yoga resulted in significantly less general anxiety, depression and anger in the young, professional musicians studied.
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  • A University of Virginia systematic review of 25 clinical trials concludes that yoga may improve risk indices for patients with type 2 diabetes, including: glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, lipid profiles, blood pressure, oxidative stress, coagulation profiles and pulmonary function - and may have promise for preventing cardiovascular complications in this population.
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  • A National Taiwan University systematic review (10 randomized controlled trials) concluded yoga had a significantly more positive impact than supportive group therapy in alleviating anxiety, depression and stress in cancer patients.
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  • A Peninsula Medical School (UK) systematic review of 5 randomized controlled trials (RCTS), found yoga leads to a significantly greater reduction in low back pain than usual care, education or conventional therapeutic exercises. (But two RCTs showed no between-group differences.) Hence, it’s concluded that yoga has the potential to alleviate low back pain, but definitive claims should be treated with caution.
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