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Monday, November 28, 2016
Yoga Breathing May Help to Reduce Depression
New research finds that a breathing-based meditation practice helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments.
Investigators from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania discovered breathing practices associated with Sudarshan Kriya yoga significantly improved symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Researchers compared medicated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique to medicated patients who did not.
The study, which appears in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, bolsters the science behind the use of controlled yogic breathing to help battle depression.
The randomized, controlled pilot study, was led by Anup Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., a neuropsychiatry research fellow in psychiatry at Penn. Significant improvement were found after two months among the yoga group. (MORE)