Global meet on yoga in medicine

India will host in January a global conference on research in yoga to highlight its potential uses in managing multiple disorders ranging from diabetes to mental health to cancer, the Union health ministry and conference organisers said today.

By Our Special Correspondent
  • Published 6.11.15
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New Delhi, Nov. 5: India will host in January a global conference on research in yoga to highlight its potential uses in managing multiple disorders ranging from diabetes to mental health to cancer, the Union health ministry and conference organisers said today.

Experts in yoga and traditional systems of medicine as well as researchers from modern medicine are expected to converge at the five-day International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications in Bangalore from January 3, they said.

"This is an effort to bring together the best practices from yoga and traditional medicine with the best practices of modern research and medicine," said H.R. Nagendra, chancellor of the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, a yoga university in Bangalore organising the conference.

In joint studies with researchers in the US, S-VYASA university has already shown that breast cancer patients who add yoga to their medical treatment are likely to have better quality of life and lower levels of side effects than patients who take only medicines.

"We believe there is considerable proven evidence to justify the use of yoga for the management of breast cancer, diabetes, asthma and certain mental health disorders," Nagendra said.

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (Nimhans), Bangalore, has established the benefits of yoga in the management of schizophrenia. "One impact of our research is that a UK health agency has advocated yoga as adjunct treatment in schizophrenia," Nimhans psychiatrist B. Gangadhar said.

V.S. Ramachandran, professor of neuroscience at the University of California, Andrew Bolton, professor of medicine at the University of Manchester in the UK, and Lorenzo Coen, professor of integrative medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre, are expected to be among the invited speakers at the conference.

India's health ministry and the ministry of traditional systems of medicine and yoga are among organisations supporting the conference.

The meet is expected to serve as a platform for experts from yoga and traditional systems of medicine to meet with modern medical researchers, said Union health minister J.P. Nadda.