Yoga Joining The Battle Against Breast Cancer
How Yoga is Helping Women Across the Globe Fight Against Breast Cancer
As per ABC News, yoga has been found to ease pain, fatigue and depression and possibly even up the survival rate amongst those dealing with breast cancer.
191 patients with the disease participated in a study that separated them into three groups—one who was asked to do yoga, another asked to stretch and the final to do nothing.
The women who practiced yoga reported the most improvement in mood and overall quality of life, plus regulated levels of cortisol, a stress hormone.
Yogis have been singing the praises of their ancient discipline for countless years as a method to sharpen the body and mind, and now medical professionals are joining the chorus.
With more than 232,000 breast cancer cases diagnosed in the United States alone each year, having a new weapon to battle this crippling disease with is nothing short of amazing news.
Lorenzo Cohen, professor of oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and leader of the new study, told ABC News: "The benefits of yoga are above and beyond stretching. These findings may improve outcomes in cancer survivors."
Dr. Barrie Cassileth, chief of integrative medicine service at Memorial Sloan Ketting Cancer Center, backed Cohen's findings, even though he wasn't part of the study, as per ABC News: "Yoga is a very important intervention, and this was a high quality investigation. This study looked beyond the physical benefits of yoga by looking at the physiologic measure of stress: cortisol."
Yoga was already highly regarded for its ability to aid physical health, emotional well-being and mental clarity. It has also been recently shown to have more medicinal benefits, such as improving the blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, metabolism and more for practitioners.
The advantages of it continue to pour out, as medical professionals conduct more and more research. Slate's Brian Palmer noted that more than 200 studies alone came out in the past year alone regarding the medicinal benefits of yoga.
Anyone, from a woman battling against cancer to a healthy man, is capable of doing yoga. The discipline costs little to nothing to get started and is able to be practiced just about anywhere.
Those interested in beginning a yoga routine have the option of grabbing a mat and other equipment from reputable online vendors such as Amazon and Elite Trend HQ. There is also a wealth of information available on the Internet concerning basic poses and more to get started.
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