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    From the Medical News Today site: Can Yoga Clear the Arteries? 05 Feb 2004 It s all in the mind. Well, almost all in the mind. A one-year study of heart
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 5, 2004
      From the Medical News Today site:

      Can Yoga Clear the Arteries?
      05 Feb 2004

      It's all in the mind. Well, almost all in the mind.

      A one-year study of heart patients in India has found that yoga
      therapy and the positive thinking it produces can help reduce the size
      of blockages in arteries and also lower cholesterol levels.

      'It's not about postures and breathing. I would say it's more about
      inner self-empowerment,' said Dr Satish Gupta, the Indian cardiologist
      who founded the Coronary Artery Disease Regression through the Healthy
      Lifestyle therapy programme that is offered to patients at the Global
      Hospital and Research Centre in Rajasthan, India.

      The programme centres on Rajyoga, a unique practice that advocates
      positive thinking and self-awareness.

      The programme's results are so astonishing that other cardiologists
      with heart problems come to see him, said Dr Gupta, who was in
      Singapore recently for the Asia-Pacific Cardiology Congress.

      He is now exploring, with Singapore's National Heart Centre, the
      possibility of offering the Rajyoga programme to heart patients here.

      In India, more than 800 patients have been through the programme since
      Dr Gupta introduced it in 1996.

      In a just-concluded year-long study of patients advised to get
      bypasses or angioplasties, the average artery blockage of 112 patients
      who went on the Rajyoga programme fell from 70 to 58 per cent.

      In contrast, for the 105 patients in the control group who were not in
      the Rajyoga programme, the average blockage rose from 64 to 69 per cent.

      Cholesterol levels also improved for those in the Rajyoga group and
      they enjoyed a greater sense of well-being and happiness.

      'It's all in the mind. Studies have shown that psychological and
      mental stress can be bad for health,' he said.

      But he is not advocating the method to replace medical procedures —
      'it can complement them', he said.

      'For those who cannot afford expensive treatment or who want to
      prevent the onset of such conditions through the improvement of their
      overall well-being, our method is a way.

      'There are 60 to 70 million Indians suffering from coronary artery
      diseases with five million suffering from fresh heart attacks every
      year. Yet, less than 0.1 million heart procedures are being performed
      on a yearly basis.'

      To help those who cannot afford expensive medical procedures, he
      formulated a programme to rehabilitate patients with heart problems.
      The programme was initially funded by the Indian Ministry of Health
      and Family Welfare.

      The hospital runs similar programmes for other health conditions such
      as hypertension and diabetes.

      Dr Gupta does not charge for the seven-day orientation programme at
      his hospital in India and hopes to offer it for free even if it is
      adopted elsewhere in the world.

      Contact: Tan Hui Leng huileng@...
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