Yoga Against Arthritis and Depression

Lowers inflammation and increases brain’s neuroplasticity

Woman doing yoga

Woman doing yoga

Intensive yoga practice significantly decreases the severity of physical and psychological symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis and makes remission possible, according to a study published in Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience.i

The improvements were seen biochemically and psychologically, in both inflammatory biomarkers and functional status.

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“An intensive yoga regimen concurrent with routine drug therapy induced… remission and re-established immunological tolerance. In addition, it reduced the severity of depression by promoting neuroplasticity,” explained Rima Dada, MD, PhD, professor in the Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi.

High disease activity and underlying depression are associated with increased disability, reduced quality of life, and minimized rates of clinical remission and treatment response, she said.

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“This study offers a new option,” said Dr. Dada. “Pharmacological treatments can be supplemented with alternative and complementary interventions like yoga to alleviate the symptoms at both physical and psychosomatic levels.”

Referencei Surabhi Gautam, Madhuri Tolahunase, Uma Kumar, Rima Dada. Impact of yoga based mind-body intervention on systemic inflammatory markers and co-morbid depression in active Rheumatoid arthritis patients: A randomized controlled trial. Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, 2019; DOI: 10.3233/RNN-180875
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