Yoga. Ohhhhmmmmm…

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Can yoga reduce symptoms of depression and/or anxiety?  Yes! Multiple randomized controlled trials used various yoga interventions in diverse study populations.  It was found that yoga improves overall symptom scores of both depression and anxiety by 40%!

How great!  No adverse side effects from medicine.  Just, increased flexibility, more feelings of well-being, and less sadness.

In fact, there are groups recommending yoga.

Institute for Clinical Systems Improvement and the Canadian Network for Mood and Anxiety Treatments– recommend yoga as an effective adjunctive (add-on) treatment for those with depression.

The Veterans health Administration (the VA) and the US Department of Defense — recommend yoga to adjunctively help manage post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Work Loss Data Institute (worker’s compensation group) recommends yoga for occupational stress, PTSD, and major depressive disorder.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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