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Here comes an alternative for antidepressants

Posted on : Saturday 4th of March 2017

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New research has suggested a viable alternative for antidepressants. Yes, if you are diagnosed with depression, join yoga classes to see significant reduction in symptoms.

"This study supports the use of a yoga and coherent breathing intervention in major depressive disorder in people who are not on antidepressants and in those who have been on a stable dose of antidepressants and have not achieved a resolution of their symptoms," explained corresponding author Chris Streeter, Associate Professor at Boston University School of Medicine in the US.

Major depressive disorder (MDD) is common, recurrent, chronic and disabling.

The findings, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, provide support for the use of yoga-based interventions as an alternative or supplement to pharmacologic treatments for depression.

Due in part to its prevalence, depression is globally responsible for more years lost to disability than any other disease.

Up to 40 per cent of individuals treated with antidepressant medications for MDD do not achieve full remission.

This study used lyengar yoga that has an emphasis on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture and breath control.

Individuals with major depressive disorder were randomised to the high dose group, three 90-minute classes a week along with home practice, or the low dose group, two 90-minute classes a week, plus home practice.

Both groups had significant decreases in their depressive symptoms and no significant differences in compliance.

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