Yoga for cancer is a common form of alternative treatment. It has no scientific backing whether yoga can treat or prevent cancer. There have been several research studies performed which conclude that yoga can improve psychological well being for cancer patients.
What are the benefits for cancer patients or cancer survivors?
Yoga therapy is known for a vast number of benefits for any individual:
- Improvement in flexibility.
- More muscle strength and tone.
- Increases respiration, energy and vitality.
- Helps attain a balanced metabolism.
- Weight reduction.
- Improves cardio and circulatory health
Over-all when one is in a yoga session (it can be any style of yoga), it helps cope with the common side effects of different cancer treatment. These may include anxiety or depression which commonly cause high levels of fatigue and stress. Yoga relaxes the mine and body that helps reduce fatigue. When yoga helps improve ones energy levels and cardiovascular health, the body automatically improved physical functioning. Overall undoubtedly, yoga can improve quality of life and has shown positive work with cancer patients.
Is there any studies to support this?
There have been several studies performed on breast cancer and prostate cancer patients where they went to different yoga classes or at home did yoga practice. However there has been no linkage that it can cure or prevent cancer. The only conclusion that can be made is that yoga can help patients cope with cancer treatment as it improves quality of life.
How easy it to do yoga?
In India, getting yoga instructors at home is very east and convenient. Most gyms and yoga alliances have great yoga teachers who can work with cancer patients. Most yoga poses are easily modifiable for different fitness and comfort level. A research paper has even lined out which yoga poses work best for different cancer types.