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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-5

A review of yoga on inflammation and its related diseases

1 Department of Research, Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Naturopathy, Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College and Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Mooventhan Aruchunan
Department of Research, Government Yoga and Naturopathy Medical College, Arumbakkam, Chennai - 600 106, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ara.ara_16_22

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Inflammation plays a major role in the defense mechanism and becomes an important contributing factor for the progression of various diseases. Research studies suggest that yoga could positively affect inflammation and inflammatory markers in various chronic diseases including arthritis, obesity, cardiovascular diseases (CVD), and cancer. However, there is a lack of a comprehensive review on yoga and its impact on inflammation. We have performed a review in the PubMed/MEDLINE electronic databases. The review suggests that yoga may be beneficial in reducing inflammation in healthy as well as in pathological conditions including arthritis, obesity, CVD, and cancer. However, studies had smaller sample sizes and yoga techniques were varied among the studies, and a possible mechanism for the effect of yoga on inflammation has not been provided in detail. Thus, studies with larger sample sizes and exploring the mechanism behind the yoga effect on inflammation are required for a better understanding and clinical application.

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