The biochemistry of Sudarshan Kriya!
- The biochemistry of Sudarshan Kriya!
Posted by: "harshal jadhav" harshalpjadhav@...
Fri Feb 29, 2008 8:33 am (PST)
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by Dr Manoj Jain is an infectious disease physician
working in Memphis (US) & Indore (MP)
If we reduce the number of oxygen radicals, we improve
the antioxidant status in our body and live longer
Ever wonder what causes us to age resulting in death
of our body cells over the years, develop heart
disease leading to plaque in the artery, or suffer
from cancer causing cells to mutate and grow
erratically? The answer may be simpler than we think.
Some researchers say the common denominator in all
these conditions is the antioxidant status the level
of chemical process that takes place in our cells and
genes. Like we measure our cholesterol level,
researchers argue, we can measure our antioxidant
status and determine how vulnerable we are to
In a pilot study, biochemists at All India Institute
of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) studied the effect of
Sudarshan Kriya on the antioxidant status of
individuals. Sudarshan Kriya is a well known rhythmic
breathing technique promoted by the Art of Living
It is preceded by Ujjayi Pranayam or long and deep
breaths with constriction at the base of throat and
Bhastrika or fast and forceful breaths through the
nose along with arm movements.
Before we talk about their findings, lets step back
into our biochemistry class and understand what
antioxidant status means. According to the
free-radical theory, the cells in our body are being
constantly damaged and destroyed by oxygen radicals,
similar to what dirt and rust do to our cars. Oxygen
radicals are different from oxygen gas in that they
are molecules that are highly charged and detrimental
byproducts of cell reactions.
Our body has an antioxidant defense system that
constantly searches and destroys these oxygen
radicals, much like our immune system, which polices
our body for foreign agents such as bacteria and
viruses and eliminates them. If the antioxidant
defense system of our body is weak, then the number of
oxygen radicals increases, causing our cells to die
quickly. This results in inflammation and plaque
within our heart vessels or prompts the cells to
mutate into cancer cells. If we reduce the number of
oxygen radicals, we improve the antioxidant status in
our body, and we live longer and lead a disease free
It is important that we try to reduce the level of
oxygen radicals and strengthen our defense system. We
can increase our antioxidant levels through our diet.
A healthy diet of vegetable and fruit increases our
intake of important antioxidants such as Vitamins A,
C, E, and beta carotene. Some initial studies have
shown the benefit of higher antioxidants in our diet,
but larger studies have not detected the benefit so
the jury is still out. Smoking, alcohol and chronic
psycho-social problems like work and family pressures,
can increase oxidative stress. This stress affects our
complex molecules and genes. Yoga and meditation can
relieve this stress. Will Sudarshan Kriya have a
A team lead by Dr Neeta Singh and Dr Vinod
Kochupillai, former chief of IRCH and Head of Medical
Oncology at IRCH ( Institute rotary cancer hospital )
at AIIMS, tested the blood of 42 persons who were
practicing Sudarshan Kriya for over 1 year and
compared it with the blood of 42 healthy individuals
who were not practicing any form of physical exercise
or stress management techniques. What the researchers
found was thought provoking.
Clearly, the cellular activity between the two groups
The Kriya practitioners had a better antioxidant
status at the enzyme and the gene level. Also they had
less DNA damage and cell aging. It is difficult to
know if this change will lead to longer life span,
decrease rates of cancer, or lessen heart disease, but
we should practice some type of breathing technique
once a day to reduce stress, said Dr Neeta Singh, who
herself does it twice everyday.
Though biochemical science and spirituality may seem
miles apart, it is heartening to see ancient practices
and modern science converging in mans endeavour to
live a richer and healthier life.
Source : Times Of India - Pune dtd. 24 Feb. 08 in
Section - Mind Over Matter on page no. 18.
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Our hankering is always for what we don't have, and
there will be always something that we do not have. So
your hankering continues on, and postpones your
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