Has yoga been shown to have a healing effect?

3 Jun

http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/1746/is-there-any-scientific-evidence-that-prayer-can-help-to-heal/1753#1753

In a comment to one of the answers of Is there any scientific evidence that prayer can help to heal? Konerak wrote:

That’s for intercessory prayer. Praying for yourself has been correlated to increased healing, but no more than meditation or yoga.

I’m curious if it has even been established that yoga hasa so-called “healing effect” where it can be advocated as being superior to other light-exercises like taking a walk? I am assuming that a healing effect has the same definition as in the above-mentioned question.

asked Apr 4 ’11 at 21:18
Kit Sunde 
7,27723276
62% accept rate
 
1  
I’m not happy with equating yoga – even indirectly – with praying. It’s true that the original purpose of yoga was to aid meditation but most “western” practices of yoga don’t include prayer, and many don’t even include meditation (unless you count shavasana as meditation). /EDIT: I may actually have misunderstood the question. – Konrad Rudolph♦  Apr 5 ’11 at 11:31 
Was this post useful to you?

1 Answer

According to the Cochrane collaboration:

Carpal Tunnel

Yoga is successful, short term, for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome:

Current evidence shows significant short-term benefit from oral steroids, splinting, ultrasound, yoga and carpal bone mobilisation.
source 

This is in line with more general findings that there pain reduction can be induced via meditation.

Schizophrenia

Yoga is better than regular exercise for schizophrenia patients

One trial compared exercise with yoga and found that yoga had a better outcome for mental state.
source 

Depression

However, yoga had merely a “potentially beneficial effects” on depression:

Overall, the initial indications are of potentially beneficial effects of yoga interventions on depressive disorders. Variation in interventions, severity and reporting of trial methodology suggests that the findings must be interpreted with caution.
source 

Anxiety disorder

Yoga is just as effective as other relaxation/meditation techniques:

Yoga did not show significant effectiveness in treating obsessive-compulsive disorders compared with Relaxation/Meditation.
source 

Epilepsy

Finally, yoga is not demonstrably effective on the following epilepsy:

No reliable conclusions can be drawn regarding the efficacy of yoga as a treatment for epilepsy.
source 

edited Jun 3 at 12:08 
Fabian 
12.7k35891
answered Apr 18 ’11 at 15:09
Sklivvz 
24k991179
Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

semioticaparatodos

Estudiando los significados sociales

Compañeros del Emprendimiento

Reflexiones sobre emprendimiento, innovación y competitividad

%d bloggers like this: