8-week Yoga Regimen May Relieve Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
A new study, published in the journal Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, suggests that an 8-week yoga regimen may relieve physical symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the psychological distress caused by the condition.
To examine the effect of this physical exercise, the researchers included 72 people with rheumatoid arthritis who were actively practicing yoga. All participants were divided into 2 groups. Both groups continued taking disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). At the same time, one group had 120-minute yoga sessions five times per week, for 8 weeks in total.
The lead study author Dr. Rima Dada, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Anatomy at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, writes: “Our findings show measurable improvements for the patients in the test group, suggesting an immune-regulatory role of yoga practice in the treatment of RA. An intensive yoga regimen," she continued, "concurrent with routine drug therapy induced molecular remission and re-established immunological tolerance. In addition, it reduced the severity of depression by promoting neuroplasticity.”
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