Doctors make room for yoga asanas in prescriptions

New Delhi, June 20 : The ancient Indian practice of yoga, celebrated world over on June 21 as International Day of Yoga, is now capturing the imagination of doctors who are prescribing a fusion of yoga and modern medicines in their treatment of patients.

A new age yoga start-up in the national capital region, Karma Spark is offering clinical yoga therapy for curing Polycystic Ovarian Disorder and Syndrome (PCOD/PCOS), both chronic disorders in women caused by hormonal imbalance which contribute to infertility.

"The start-up is blended of modern diagnostics and traditional yoga to cure chronic disorders.

Clinical yoga therapy is also making waves in the US and Europe where it is called Yoga as Medicine or Therapeutic Yoga," said Karma Spark Co-Founder Idi Srinivas Murthy.

"We have already cured over a dozen PCOD cases fully and 30 more are currently underway at the centre.

Modern diagnostic reports focuses and accelerates the therapy better. The program has therapeutic yoga sessions, diet advice and no drugs," said another Co-Founder Runvijay.

He also shared a case of a 32-year-old woman who was suffering from PCOD from the past 10 years for whom surgery didn't help.

"After 49 days of clinical yoga therapy, which involved different combinations of yoga poses, multiple cysts were gone, ovarian volume and her menstrual cycle became normal and drug-free.

We are delighted that she conceived naturally and is in her second trimester," he said.

Though Yoga has already got global acceptance, it got a major boost by yoga guru Ramdev in the recent years and practitioners of modern medicine in India have openly started advocating it now.

"Yoga, the ancient Indian practice to exercise one's mind, body and spirit, has shown effectiveness in healing various diseases under various studies," said Aashish Chaudhry, Orthopedic Surgeon and Managing Director, Aakash Healthcare Super Speciality Hospital, New Delhi.

He talked about numerous asanas which could help in curing various diseases, from joint pain and high blood pressure to diabetes.

Subhash Chandra, Chairman and HOD, Cardiology, BLK Super Speciality Hospital in New Delhi said that yoga improves flexibility thus alleviating back aches, knee pain, improved postures and strengthens muscles of body.

It prevents cartilage and joint breakdown, protects spine and delays osteoporosis.

"Blood flow to and from heart gets improved with yoga exercises thus preventing sudden heart attacks and brain strokes besides boosting immunity.

Digestion and respiratory system works better without requiring any drugs," said the hospital chairman.

Even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has accepted the benefits of yoga.

"On the International Day of Yoga, the importance of routine physical activity that is integrated into our daily lives must be grasped.

For people of all ages and all means, yoga is a valuable tool to increase physical activity and decrease non-communicable diseases," WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Poonam Khetrapal Singh said.



Source: IANS