Anti-Sugar Yoga

Lowers Post-Meal Glucose Blood Levels

Anti-Sugar Yoga. Healthy Living Magazine

Anti-Sugar Yoga. Healthy Living Magazine

If you’re battling blood sugar problems, yoga might just be good medicine. A study was performed to investigate the effects of yogic exercises on life stress and blood glucose levels in 27 undergraduate nursing students with 12 assigned to exercise and 15 as controls. i The yogic exercise intervention was undertaken for 60 minutes one day a week for 12 weeks. It consisted of physical exercise (surya namaskara) combined with relaxation and meditation (shavasana and yoga nidra). “The exercise group measurements were significantly decreased in both life stress” and post-meal blood sugar levels compared with the controls.

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In a second study, yoga aided patients in cutting down their Ayurvedic medicine needs. ii Yoga and Ayurveda are the two schools of thought in India, which have a history of thousands of years. Yogic techniques and Ayurvedic herbs have proven their anti-diabetic potential without inducing side effects. The study combined Ayurvedic medication with yoga techniques as a new approach toward healing diabetes mellitus. Thirty patients of both genders were selected to take guḍūcī ghana (solidified aqueous extract of Tinospora cordifolia) tablets. Along with guḍūchī ghana administration, the subjects were instructed to follow yogic procedures including asanas, prāṇāyāma, and śuddhi kriyās. The study was conducted for eight weeks. “The results obtained were promising as the relief in diabetic symptomatology was highly significant” with an 80.83% reduction in dose of guḍūchī ghana tablets and 7.85% and 8.78% fall in fasting and post-meal glucose levels.

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REFERENCES i Kim SD Effects of yogic exercises on life stress and blood glucose levels in nursing students. J Phys Ther Sci. 2014 Dec;26(12):2003-2006. doi: 10.1589/jpts.26.2003. E-pub 2014 Dec 25. ii Sharma R, Amin H, Prajapati PK. Yoga: As an adjunct therapy to trim down the Ayurvedic drug requirement in non insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. Anc Sci Life. 2014 Apr-June;33(4):229-235. doi: 10.4103/0257-7941.147430.
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