Yoga Now Shown To Offer Relief To Cancer Patients

I have always felt that yoga was a take it or leave it type of workout. I have taken a few classes in my day and I never felt like I was experiencing  any of the benefits the instructors claimed would occur. Now I am realizing maybe I was looking at it from the wrong point of view. Yoga doesn’t have to be seen as a workout routine, but more like a life enhancing exercise.

In fact, scientists are now saying that yoga has shown signs of improving the quality of life for cancer survivors in particular. A study proved that those who participated in yoga sessions saw improvement in energy levels and a lessening of inflammation. The research even went as far as noting that the more yoga cancer survivors practiced, the better their recovery process went.

The five-year-long study was conducted by the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and it involved 200 female breast cancer survivors. During the study, half of the women practiced 90 minutes of hatha yoga twice a week for 12 week increments. The other half did not participate in any yoga activities during that time.

At the end of the study, there was a 57 percent reduction in fatigue and 20 percent reduction in inflammation in the women who were involved in the hatha yoga. These results are particularly exciting concerning the improvement in inflammation since it can lead to other issues such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes. The yoga also lessened the amount of pain medication and sleeping pills the cancer survivors needed to take during the day.

The lead researcher on the study, Dr. Janice Kiecolt-Graser, concluded that light practice of yoga activity for several months can be beneficial and drastically improve life for cancer survivors.

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