Thursday, 11 October 2018

Yoga Improves Psychological and Physical Symptoms and Quality of Life in Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Kyle J. Norton (Master of Nutrients, All right reserved)

Yoga may be used as secondary therapy in improved psychological and physical activities and enhanced quality of life in patients with ulcerative colitis, studies suggested

Ulcerative colitis is one form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in the digestive tract.

Yoga, the ancient practice for harmonized external and internal body well being, through breath control, meditation, bodily movement, and gesture..... has been well known for people in the Western world and some parts in Asia.

In the study of a total of 77 patients (75% women; 45.5 ± 11.9 years) with ulcerative colitis in clinical remission due to impaired quality of life randomly assigned to yoga (12 supervised weekly sessions of 90 min; n = 39) researchers indicated that
* Yoga group improved a significant quality of life compared to control after 12 weeks of the lesson, and additionally, at week 12, the improvement in yoga group reached a clinically relevant increase in quality of life.

* Yoga participants also expressed a reduced activity of the disease after 24 weeks.

* Only 3 patient experienced serious adverse events
Dr. Cramer H, the led author after adjusting to other factors said, "Yoga can be considered as a safe and effective ancillary intervention for patients with ulcerative colitis and impaired quality of life".

The improvement of quality of the life in tested subjects due to the reduction of physical and psychological symptoms was attributed to yoga slow breathing, meditation in enhancing the function of the central nervous system in hormone rebalancing which has a strong impact in the inhibition of psychological symptoms in the participants and yoga posture in strengthening the muscles and promoting blood circulation to the body need for physical activity, thus reducing physical symptoms.

Additionally, in support to the above analysis, researchers at the joint study led by All India Institute of Medical Sciences conducted a study of 100 IBD patients [ulcerative colitis (UC) n = 60 and Crohn's disease (CD) n = 40] during the clinical remission phase of disease, randomly assigned to either the yoga group with 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), researchers after taking into account co and confounders found the below interesting results
* Yoga group displayed a reduction of UC patients in reported arthralgia, compared to control

* Numbers of Yoga group experienced reduced intestinal colic pain were lower compared to higher in the control group.

3. Yoga participants also expressed an improvement of state and trait anxiety levels.

These results suggested that yoga practice with meditation and slow breathing also have a strong effect in influence the hormone production of the central nervous system. By calming the central nervous system in reducing overproduction of certain hormones that are responsible for muscle constriction, thus decreasing pain.

Taking all together, yoga may be considered an integrated form of exercise for improvement of psychological and physical activities and quality of life in ulcerative colitis patients without inducing any side effects.

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Author Biography
Kyle J. Norton (Scholar, Master of Nutrition, All right reserved)

Health article writer and researcher; Over 10.000 articles and research papers have been written and published online, including worldwide health, ezine articles, article base, health blogs, self-growth, best before it's news, the karate GB daily, etc.,.
Named TOP 50 MEDICAL ESSAYS FOR ARTISTS & AUTHORS TO READ by Named 50 of the best health Tweeters Canada - Huffington Post
Nominated for shorty award over last 4 years
Some articles have been used as references in medical research, such as international journal Pharma and Bioscience, ISSN 0975-6299.

(1) Randomised clinical trial: yoga vs written self-care advice for ulcerative colitis by Cramer H1,2, Schäfer M1,3, Schöls M1,3,4, Köcke J1,3, Elsenbruch S4, Lauche R1,2, Engler H4, Dobos G1, Langhorst J1,3.(PubMed)
(2) Effect of Yoga-Based Intervention in Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease by Sharma P1, Poojary G2, Dwivedi SN3, Deepak KK4.(PubMed)

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