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Yoga Proves Beneficial For Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients!

Rheumatoid arthritis patients who practiced yoga on a regular basis showed significant improvement in the disease activity according to a recent study conducted in the UAE (United Arab Emirtates).

This study involved the participation of 47 patients, out of which 26 practiced yoga regularly and 21 were ‘controls.’ It was observed that the individuals who completed 12 “Raj yoga” sessions, a form of yoga that combines a set of breathing techniques and yoga postures showed remarkable improvement in the scores of the disease activity.

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Patients for the study were chosen by sending e-mails through the Emirates Arthritis Foundation RA database. Disease activity indices, demographic data, SF-36 (a patient survey that calculates their quality of life) and HAQ or health assessment questionnaire were recorded during the time of enrollment of patients and after 12 sessions of Raj yoga.

According to Dr Humeira Badsha, the lead author of the study, although this study involved a very small group of patients, the results emphasize the fact that yoga is beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis patients in the long-term if practiced regularly.

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