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Yoga May Reduce the Frequency of Seizures in People with Epilepsy

A new study that was published in the journal Neurology, suggests that yoga may help people suffering from epilepsy reduce the frequency of seizures. The study authors add that it also may help people deal with the stigma sometimes associated with epilepsy.

For their study, the authors looked at people with epilepsy with an average age of 30 in India. They picked 160 people meeting the criteria for experiencing stigma connected to experiencing seizures. Participants had, on average, one seizure per week and took at least two anti-seizure medications. The team randomly selected participants to receive yoga therapy or sham yoga therapy.

Having analyzed the collected data the researchers noticed that people doing yoga were more likely to have reduced perception of stigma. They also discovered people who did yoga were more than four times as likely to have more than a 50% reduction in their seizure frequency after six months compared to those who did sham yoga.

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