Yoga therapy may have a profound effect in reduced risk and treatment of symptoms of Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a Japanese study suggested.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a condition characterized by long term inflammation of the gut, including Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.
Yoga, the ancient practical technique for harmonized external and internal body well being, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement and gesture..... has been best known for people in Western world and some parts in Asia due to health benefits reported by various respectable institutes' research and supported by health advocates.
In a study of total of 100 IBD patients [ulcerative colitis (UC) n = 60 and Crohn's disease (CD) n = 40] during the clinical remission phase of disease, allocated randomly to either the yoga group underwent an 8-week yoga intervention (physical postures, pranayama, and meditation) 1- hour/day in addition to standard medical therapy (UC, n = 30; CD, n = 20) or the control group (UC, n = 30; CD n = 20), with standard medical therapy alone in the same period, researchers indicated that after the periods of intervention, yoga group expressed fewer arthralgia in UC patients and intestinal colic pain also reduced substantially in yoga group in compared to control.
In deed, yoga practice with breathing and meditation was found to demonstrate a significant effect in induction of relaxation and calmness of central nervous system, thus reducing acute and chronic psychological stress in induced production of catecholamines, glucagon, growth hormones, causing direct implication of inflammatory process in initiated chronic swelling and pain.
Further analysis also discovered, yoga group showed a significant improvement of state and trait anxiety levels in patients with UC which can also be attributed to yoga effect in bring back the presence of self consciousness by dealing the psychological symptoms such as anxiety and depression caused by chronic stress in a positive way or letting them go.
In children study to determine the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in inflammatory bowel disease population at a single pediatric center, through a survey distributed electronically and given out to patients in the clinic, researchers found that 16.3% of parents returned survey indicated that yoga/meditation may be helpful in treating their children inflammatory bowel disease.
Interestingly, in the study to evaluated mind-body complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) modalities (e.g., relaxation or meditation) for symptom management in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), researchers illustrated that in 67 adolescents with IBD ages 12-19 selected from a children's hospital completed a questionnaire, scientists indicated that
40% of returned survey used yoga relaxation from once/day to once/week for symptom management. In multivariate analyses, females were more likely to use relaxation and adolescents with more severe disease were more willing to consider using relaxation in the future.
Some researchers suggested that yoga relaxation based intervention could improve the quality of life in patients with IBD and reduce expression inflammatory cytokines through protein NF-κB in response to stress in precipitated inflammatory symptoms.
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(1) Effect of Yoga-Based Intervention in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Sharma P1, Poojary G2, Dwivedi SN3, Deepak KK4.(PubMed)
(2) Complementary and alternative medicine use at a single pediatric inflammatory bowel disease center by Ceballos C1, Bao R, Dunkin D, Song Y, Li XM, Benkov K.(PubMed)
(3) Mind-body complementary alternative medicine use and quality of life in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease by Cotton S1, Humenay Roberts Y, Tsevat J, Britto MT, Succop P, McGrady ME, Yi MS.(PubMed)