Yoga an Effective Treatment Depression and Anxiety Disorder

Yoga an Effective Treatment Depression and Anxiety Disorder

Yoga an Effective Treatment Depression and Anxiety DisorderAerobic exercise daily is a reliable and effective treatment for mild to moderate depression, and anxiety disorder. Research suggests that yoga may work even better than other exercise.

A study from Boston University School of Medicine and published by Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine showed that yoga increased levels of gamma-aminobutyric know as GABA in the brain. Low levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter correlates with depression and anxiety disorders. Investigators followed two randomized groups of healthy volunteers for 12 weeks. Group one performed one hour of yoga three times a week, while the group two walked for one hour three times a week. Before and after the last session, the researchers compared the GABA levels of each of the volunteers in both groups, using magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging. The researchers found increased GABA levels and decreased anxiety among the participants in group one, the yoga group, who also reported a significantly greater reduction in anxiety and improved mood over the course of the study than did the volunteers in group two, the walking group


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