Yoga Found to Increase Natural Killer Cell Count in Cancer

Hold the front page! Exciting confirmation that yoga can increase natural killer cell counts in cancer.

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The Central Council of Research in Yoga and Naturopathy (CCRYN) has conducted two research projects in collaboration with Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, Bangalore on the application of yoga in improving quality of life in cancer patients. The first looked at an integrated approach of yoga therapy in the management of cancer and showed decreased distress, reduced side effects, increased natural killer cell counts and increased pain threshold. The second study looked at the effects of an integrated course of yoga therapy for metastatic breast cancer patients, with a focus on the study of DNA repair mechanisms relevant to cancer. This study showed significant decreases in anxiety, depression, perceived stress, pain, insomnia and fatigue.

The results of these studies clearly speak for themselves. This perhaps makes it all the more shocking that there has been a recent proposal to remove complementary and alternative therapies from the NICE guidelines for palliative care, with many palliative care patients indeed also being cancer patients. Here at the Minded Institute we are part of the growing movement to petition against such a removal. To find out more, please click here; . To sign the petition, please follow this link; . Thank you for supporting this absolutely vital cause.

Heather Mason

Founder of the Minded Institute, The Minded Institute

Heather Mason is a leader in the field of mind-body therapy and the founder of Yoga Therapy for the Mind. She develops innovative methods for mental health treatment drawing on her robust educational background including an MA in Psychotherapy, an MA in Buddhist Studies, studies in Neuroscience and a current MSc in Medical Physiology.. She is also a 500 RYT, a yoga therapist and an MBCT facilitator. Heather offers various professional trainings for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals and therapists, lectures around the world, and delivers training to medical students. She also develops protocols for different client populations by translating cutting edge research from the psycho-biology and neuro-biology of stress into yoga practices, breathwork, mindfulness interventions and therapeutic holding. Further she is involved in research on the efficacy of these practices, holds the annual UK yoga therapy conference and is blazing the trail for the integration of yoga therapy into the NHS