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Yoga as an Adjunct Therapy for Cancer Recovery
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Traditionally it has been believed that yoga therapy offers numerous beneficial effects on human’s physical and emotional health. This belief is proved by several investigative trials, studies and researches; they concluded that yoga exercises are helpful for treating numbers of patients suffering from diseases like asthma, diabetes, arthritis, gastro intestinal disorders, headaches and depression. Latest studies have also reported beneficial effects of yoga intervention among cancer patients or those who are going through their cancer treatment. The therapy may affect maximum number of patients during initial stages of treatment and improve their survival rate by reducing distressing symptoms and their quality of life.

According to the studies conducted in India among cancer patients to examine the effects of yoga intervention. Yoga exercises were used as an adjunct therapy with 2 sessions per week of 90 minutes, patients were taught to practice a series of simple relaxation exercises rather than strenuous one. The results reported include improvement in appetite, sleeplessness, and bowel habits, feeling of peace and serenity along with reducing risk of complications during treatment and improving recovery outcomes.

Diagnosis of cancer for an individual is life shocking and very hard-hitting news. Treatment process of this distressing ailment comprises of slow recovery, which affects negatively on patient’s health both physically and mentally; the recovery process makes them weak, nauseated and depressed. Their body also undergoes many changes whereas chemotherapy or radiations destroy cancer cells along with other cells responsible for body’s vital functions and White Blood Cell causing lower levels of energy.

Many studies have shown positive effects of yoga therapy during recovery of cancer survivors, incorporating different techniques of yoga like paranayama, meditation and physical asanas help to strengthen body, restoring peace of mind and directing positive energy in body. The yoga exercises enhance the body’s immune system by making it a powerful tool to fight against the illness or to manage side effects of it.

Research and studies also stated that paranayama breathing improves the function of brain cells by supplying excess amount of oxygen to them and regular practice of it by cancer patients increases the circulation of natural cancer fighting immune cells. Physical asanas help muscles to squeeze and massage internal organs also helpful in getting rid of dead cells and toxins from the body. The treatment has negative impact on bone strength, practice of standing poses are helpful in building bones strength and joints mobility. Yoga’s main advantage is that it provides numerous psychological and emotional benefits during recovery process and teaches positive method for managing levels of stress. The relaxation pose improves cortisol levels, which are very vital for mental wellness. These patients mostly experienced problem of fatigue or muscles soreness the issue is effectively sort out by performing gentle stretch or warm up poses to rejuvenate and revitalize body parts. Scientific studies that have been under process since 35 years have also shown that yoga as an adjunct therapy can be helpful in boosting up immune system, cleansing chronic stress and increasing vital force of energy in cancer survivors.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16062164/

https://www.yogajournal.com/article/lifestyle/qa-seva-winner-tari-prinster/

https://www.yogahealthfoundation.org/health_benefits_of_yoga_explained

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Can Yoga Reduce or Prevent Cancer? Yoga has been practiced for over 5000 years now. It was originally initiated in India and gradually became highly popular among the western region. This ancient practice deals with the entire bodywork with breathing; traditionally these techniques are called as paranayama, asanas and meditation. If practiced often, is solely responsible for creating equilibrium between mind, body and soul, which not only helps in relaxing but also is also very significant for human health. It teaches and promotes healthy living and a great source to get rid of any ailment. The various techniques performed in yoga does not only help in finding the right body balance but also supply more oxygen to brain cells and regulates circulation of blood which in itself is a vital source of good health.

Yoga has also been referred as a curing aid for aliments like cancer most of the people suffering from it tends to perform this activity to attain tranquility in their body, soul and mind. It has also been proved that yoga can help in reducing symptoms related to cancer that includes pain, depression, tiredness and insomnia. A research made by Canadian Family Physician (CFP) has proven that 40% of women in Canada and 45% of men are likely to be a victim of this disease for once in their lives, the treatment procedure is severe and painful however several alternative therapies for reducing symptoms of cancer have been highly popular these days and one of those therapies include yoga. According to many researches this therapeutic technique plays a vital role in improving health of patients and enables them to play active part in their recovery.

It is not proved through any scientific evidence that yoga can prevent or reduce an individual from any type of cancer but several studies in the non-disease populace reported constructive outcomes on physical and internal body functions during cancer treatment like coping up with anxiety, sleeplessness, weaknesses and mental trauma. Besides, a late survey of 10 studies contrasting the impacts of asanas (stances) with those of "consistent" activity, demonstrated that yoga may be as successful activity for enhancing wellbeing results, for blood glucose and lipids, weariness, torment and in particular tumor.

Different studies have concluded that even with methodological limits symptoms of tumor patients were gravely improved when they performed yoga. It was also concluded that the quality life of patients suffering from this disease become a lot better. The harshness of the treatment was simmered down to a great extent and it works as the best effective alternative method, which can be used and prescribed often by physicians instead of the usual painful method.

A Small study which had been conducted in USA in the year 2012 reported that women with breast cancer can get rid of the tiredness on a large extent by performing yoga and can also helpful in reducing hot flushes experienced by women during breast cancer. Another small trial reported positive outcomes for the lymphoma patients; the reports claimed that performing asanas and practicing different breathing exercises helped them to sleep better for much longer time.

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https://www.cfp.ca/content/58/9/e475.full

https://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2407/12/559

https://kripalu.org/blog/thrive/2014/10/22/five-ways-that-yoga-helps-prevent-cancer/

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