Yoga holds potential promise in helping improve PTSD, per University of North Carolina study

Feb 14th, 2017
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“Overall, the researchers found that yoga holds potential promise for helping improve anxiety, depression, PTSD and/or the psychological consequences of trauma”, according to a University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill news-release regarding a study by researchers at its School of Social Work.

Release adds that the study “suggested that clinicians and service providers consider recommending yoga as an intervention” in addition to other treatments.

According the published abstract of this study in “Trauma, Violence, & Abuse” Journal, under the title “Yoga for Trauma and Related Mental Health Problems”, which undertook a systematic meta-review of 13 literature reviews (which examined 185 distinct studies): Findings show that the evidence regarding yoga as an intervention for the effects of trauma as well as the mental health symptoms and illnesses often associated with trauma is encouraging.

Health and human service providers have expressed growing interest in the benefits of yoga to help individuals cope with the effects of trauma, including anxiety, depression, and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); the abstract says.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, called the UNC-Chapel Hill looking into possible usage of yoga for trauma and related mental health problems “a step in the positive direction”. Zed urged all major world universities to explore various benefits yoga offers.

Yoga, referred as “a living fossil”, was a mental and physical discipline, for everybody to share and benefit from, whose traces went back to around 2,000 BCE to Indus Valley civilization, Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, noted.

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