Regular yoga practice can reduce the harsh effects of chemotherapy, a study has found. A report conducted on breast cancer patients by the Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) found that yoga therapy decreases trauma, and helps sustain the immune system.
Patients in stage two and three of breast cancer were divided into two groups, receiving yoga therapy and counselling respectively.
The yoga therapy group practised asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra and kriyas on a daily basis. At the end of the trial they were found to have increased immune resistance and pain thresholds.
Participants were aged between 35 and 70, and assessments were carried out before surgery, as well as during and after chemotherapy.
The Central Council for Research in Yoga and Naturopathy was founded in 1969 as an independent organisation under the Indian government. Its aim is to conduct scientific research into Ayurveda and yoga (amongst others).