According to these study results, yoga complements the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBD).
Twenty-five adolescents aged 11 to 18 years with IBS were randomly assigned to yoga or a wait list control group. Those assigned to yoga received one-hour of instruction, demonstration, and practice. Over the next four weeks they practiced yoga at home with the help of a video.
And the results in the yoga vs the wait list group.
Lower levels of functional disability
Less use of emotion-focused avoidance
Lower anxiety following the intervention
Lower scores for gastrointestinal symptoms and emotion-focused avoidance
The bottom line?
These adolescents found yoga helped and indicated they would continue to use it to manage their IBS.
Was it the yoga or simply a response to an activity that gave these young people a sense of greater control over their condition? I don’t know, but they concluded that their IBS improved, and that really is the bottom line.
Maybe the researchers will follow-up in six months to see if the commitment to yoga and the improvement last.
John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.