Guided imagery has been found to reduce chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients. The researchers conclude ‘Guided imagery, as an inexpensive and noninvasive method, is particularly appealing option to alleviate chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. It can be used in addition to pharmacological strategies and can be implemented by patients independently with sufficient training. Therefore, this therapy will considerably improve severity and frequency of chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting’.
This study looked at the effect of 6 weeks of yoga and meditation on medical students’ levels of perceived stress and sense of wellbeing prior to taking their exams. The results showed a statistically significant reduction in perceived stress after the 6 week yoga and meditation program. After the yoga intervention, self-assessment survey results showed a significant improvement in feelings of peace, focus, and endurance. Improvements in happiness, positivity, personal satisfaction, patience, fatigue and self-confidence were also seen.
Seven weeks of hatha yoga improves mental and emotional wellness, exhaustion levels, and stress levels in the elderly. Researchers comment “Clinicians and health practitioners who work with the elderly should consider yoga as a potential therapeutic modality for improving important aspects of quality of life in this population”.
Want to lose weight but don’t have the time to exercise everyday? In a study recently published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, duration is more important than frequency when exercising for weight loss. Women lost more weight over a 24 week period if they exercised 100 mins for 3 days per week compared to 50 mins for 6 days per week.
As little as two weeks of yoga practice can relieve pain and improve mobility in patients with knee osteoarthritis.