Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Yoga can help in chronic diseases

Posted On : June 20,2015

The United Nations General Assembly declared June 21st as the International Day of Yoga in December last year.

With Indian origins, yoga is a 5000-year-old physical, mental and spiritual practice aimed at the transformation of the mind, body and soul.

Over the past few decades, Yoga has been widely accepted by people globally as a holistic approach to well-being and health. With established health benefits, yoga is also increasingly being prescribed by doctors as an add-on treatment with allopathic drugs to patients suffering from both psychosomatic and chronic degenerative diseases.

Yoga is extremely effective in the management of diseases in which psychological and social factors, such as stress play a major role. For instance in diseases such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, asthma, eczema, diabetes, and multiple sclerosis yoga helps reduce stress and build the body’s immunity and ability to fight disease. Yoga also helps slow down the deterioration of body organs thereby reducing the risk of common lifestyle diseases such as heart attacks, diabetes, and arthritis.

Commenting on the benefits of Yoga, Dr. Manoj Kumar, Associate Director & Head - Cardiac Cath Lab, Max Balaji Super Specialty Hospital, Patparganj, New Delhi said, “Healthy practices such as yoga considerably help reduce the levels of stress, increase immunity, improve blood circulation & breathing in patients. This in turn helps in the better management of chronic diseases. For instance pranayam and meditation if practiced regularly can help control high blood pressure. For patients suffering from diabetes, it is recommended that they should complement their allopathic treatment with yoga. Patients who suffer from cardiovascular diseases also greatly benefit from the calming properties of yoga. On this International Yoga Day, I would like to stress on how simple lifestyle modifications can go a long way in considerably reducing the dosage of medicines for diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and various cardiovascular ailments.”

Adding to this, Dr. Santosh Kumar Agarwal, Senior Interventional Cardiologist, Kailash Hospital & Heart Institute, Noida said, “Established practices, yoga, and pranayama are extremely beneficial for people suffering from lifestyle diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, asthma and high blood pressure. Yoga is a way of life and an approach towards the better management of diseases. It’s calming properties help improve blood circulation, regularize the pulse rate, lower one’s blood pressure, improve the respiratory rate and build immunity. I always motivate my patients to indulge in yoga and pranayama in addition to consuming their prescribed medication for better disease management. In the long run yoga also helps in reducing the dosage of the medicines for chronic diseases. The International Yoga Day can be a good platform to raise awareness about how long-term, sustained yoga and 
pranayam can play an important role in improving one’s overall health and well-being.”

It is important to keep in mind that people who are suffering from some disease or are obese should seek professional help while performing yoga. The yoga module should be designed by the yoga instructor in consultation with the treating doctor for best results and to avoid injury.