Â Researchers from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada report how Iyengar yoga affected their patients’ worst symptoms and more.
First, the details.
This study included 24 patients treated for cancer within the previous 6 months.
They participated in 10, 90-minute weekly Iyengar yoga classes.
The researchers looked for changes in their patients’ most-bothersome symptom, quality of life and spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance.
And, the results.
Statistically significant improvements were reported in most-bothersome symptom, quality of life, spiritual well-being, and mood disturbance during the program.
After the study, quality of life and mood disturbance significantly improved over time.
The bottom line?
The participants appeared to benefit from participating in the yoga program.
Maybe a placebo group isn’t necessary under these circumstances. For those who disagree, the results of a similar study in breast cancer patients are summarized here, along with a link to background information on the Iyengar method of yoga.
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.