Yoga May Provide Relief From Menstrual Cramps And PMS, Review Study Suggests
Amanda MacMillan writing for TIME reported “yoga may provide relief from” menstrual cramps, PMS, and other conditions, “according to a new review of studies published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.” Researchers reviewed “15 studies that looked at how a regular yoga practice affects a woman’s experience of cramps, PMS, polycystic ovary syndrome (which can cause missed or infrequent periods) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder,” and “found that yoga was linked to reduced severity of symptoms and pain relief in women suffering from these conditions.”
Comment: Yoga is really enjoyable and beneficial for many conditions.
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Study Says Yoga Can Ease Arthritis, Boost Mood
Diane Depra writing for Tech times reported a study has found that yoga is safe and effective as a means of staying active for those with arthritis, given certain adjustments are incorporated into a routine to address individual limitations.
A randomized trial has found that yoga is safe and effective for people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis, two common forms of arthritis.
In a study published in The Journal of Rheumatology, researchers report that yoga classes taken for eight weeks have improved not just the physical but the mental well-being as well of people with rheumatoid arthritis and knee osteoarthritis. This isn’t the first time that researchers have explored the benefits of yoga but the study is the biggest randomized trial so far to tackle yoga’s effects on physical and psychological health.
Susan Bartlett, one of the authors of the study, said that there is a growing interest in yoga as a form of complementary treatment, with one out of every 10 people in the United States now engaged in the activity to improve their health and fitness. Yoga works for those with arthritis because it brings together physical activity and relaxation and stress management techniques while acknowledging varying limitations.
Comment: I have taken yoga for more than 2 years at my wife’s urging. It helps with stretching, balance, strength, and breathing all of which are important for patients with arthritis.
Yoga makes you smarter
Reported in the Daily Burst, in a recent eight-week study, adults over age 55 who took an hour-long class of hatha yoga (the most commonly practiced form of yoga worldwide) three times a week had significantly better memory and attention than adults who simply did stretching and toning exercises.
Neha Gothe, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology, Wayne State University, Detroit and colleagues asserted, “. “The focus required to hold poses and control breathing during yoga may result in better attention to mental tasks as well.”
Comment: I take yoga. I’m not sure I’m smarter because of it but it definitely makes me feel better.
Laird Harrison writing in WebMD reported, “Young patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may feel better after practicing yoga for just six weeks, a new study shows. Researchers reported their findings at the American Pain Society’s annual meeting.” According to the article, “by strengthening muscles, exercise prevents joints from moving in uncomfortable ways.”
Jennifer Dooren writing in the Wall Street Journal reported that, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Weekly yoga classes may help to reduce pain in certain individuals with pain in the lower back. The research found that yoga and stretching were equally effective in easing chronic back pain and improving function, but participants had to practice each regularly to see benefits. The subjects in both groups took weekly 75-minute classes and practiced yoga or deep stretching at home for about 20 minutes at a time at least three days a week. The study was done by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle. Another study from the UK published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found similar results.