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Using yoga as a side therapy

For cancer patients all over, the treatment process can be one of the most difficult processes in their lifetime. When something comes along that helps to alleviate the difficulties of therapy and treatment, it often gains popularity with patients and physicians alike. Yoga has recently made this popularity jump with cancer patients because of its ability to have both a positive physical and mental impact.
Today, researchers (often psychologists) are continuing to look into the benefits of yoga for many different health issues like asthma, depression, sleep disorders, attention disorders, mesothelioma, and other forms of cancer. Yoga’s ability to reduce stress and improve the overall quality of life are two of its main benefits. Even with just a little hard evidence, yoga is continuing to become more popular among the scientifically “hard to crack” world of medicine.
Much of the study on yoga has involved breast cancer patients. Within a number of findings, participating patients have seen an overall improvement in emotional well being, as compared to those who weren’t using yoga. Physicians have mostly concluded that even though there are a number of complementary treatment options, yoga can be one of the best, primarily as a result of its variety of benefits.
More current studies are exploring the other forms of cancer, but patients of all different types of illnesses are using yoga as a side therapy at this point. In these studies, however, some other patients have found different benefits than those with breast cancer. Lymphoma patients have been known to greatly improve their sleep issues through using routine yoga exercises.
Even in some children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), yoga has been shown to be superior to some forms of motor training. Psychologists and physicians together (mostly in Australia) have looked into yoga’s improved help with children with ADHD and found that an improved overall level of attention was attainable through regular yoga practicing.
Another example of the great work that yoga can do as a complementary therapy includes patients with mesothelioma. This is a type of cancer that includes a tumor that affects the lining of the body’s organs, specifically within the chest and abdomen section of the body. Mesothelioma cancer can be especially severe, with an average life expectancy of around a year after diagnosis. Many of these patients have used yoga as a side therapy to not only cut down on side effects of routine treatment but also as a piece of tranquility during a rather difficult time.
Yoga is likely to continue to grow with many different patients and physicians in the coming years. Continued efforts to explore the benefits of yoga as a complementary therapy for a number of different illnesses will only drive more people to explore for themselves.


“Krista Peterson is a recent college graduate and aspiring writer. As a health and safety advocate, she shares a strong passion for the wellness of others in her community. Krista has been practicing yoga for 3 years and loves to encourage others to do so as well. Through her writings, she helps to spread awareness of such issues as cancer and chronic illness.”

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