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.
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; http://anhinternational.org/2016/01/27/will-comple... . To sign the petition, please follow this link; https://www.change.org/p/shiatsu-society-uk-nice-t... . Thank you for supporting this absolutely vital cause.