A yoga-based mind body intervention appears to significantly reduce symptoms and depression in individuals with rheumatoid arthritis

In February 2019 researchers from India published the results of their study to assess the effect of a yoga-based mind body intervention on inflammatory markers and severity of depression in individuals with active rheumatoid arthritis. A total of 72 individuals, who were all taking anti-rheumatic medication, were divided into 2 groups:  a yoga group and a control group. Blood samples were collected before and after the study period for assessment of inflammatory markers and a health assessment questionnaire disability index was used to assess disease activity and functional status at time points throughout the study. Depression severity was assessed at 2 weekly intervals during the 8 weeks of the study period. Results showed that there was a significant decrease in severity of the rheumatoid arthritis at the end of the 8-week study period. The inflammatory markers were reduced and in addition there was a significant time dependent step-wise decline in depressive symptoms when compared to the control group.

Gautam S et al. Impact of yoga based mind-body intervention on systemic inflammatory markers and co-morbid depression in active Rheumatoid arthritis patients: A randomized controlled trial. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2019 Feb 1. [Epub ahead of print]

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