Psychiatry For Psychological Disorders

The Psychological problems in this fast-moving world have become so prominent that you need not just medicines but something that can help you experience the feeling of being whole again. Time and again yoga has proved to be one such healer, be it anxiety, trauma, OCD and even grief and loss.

Yoga helps in enhancing your mindful awareness. It calms down your thoughts to focus on things that are necessary and bails out the negative perceptions. The first study of yoga on psychological conditions appeared in the Journal of the Yoga Institute in 1971. It reported that, practicing the laws of yoga helps in lowering stress which subsequently frees up the trapped energy resulting in enhanced confidence, focus and efficiency of our brain.

Improvements in cognitive functioning, neuromuscular enhancements are some of the tangible benefits of practicing this ancient form, which has proved its worth in many researches both in the East and the West

Cardiology

Heart, is what pumps the life into our mortal souls and thus keeping it healthy and preventive from ailments is of utmost important. Heart ailments including High BP, Low BP, Ischemic Heart Diseases (HID) and coronary heart diseases severely effects the functioning of the heart and thus effects the entire body.

Practicing various asanas of Yoga gently stretches and exercises the muscles and thus enhances the functioning of the heart. The three main factors that affects the Cardiovascular risks are physical activity, breathing and meditation and what better than yoga for the integrated enhancement and improvement of these factors.

Breath Control and deep breathing helps in lowering the blood pressure and the muscles stretching by various yoga asanas is a very effective technique to cool down after any cardio activity (activity that increases the heart rate) like walking, running and cycling.

Spinal Disorder

In today’s chair and desk bound life spinal injuries are the most prominent one. Whether be it Acute & Chronic Back Pain, Scoliosis or Neck Pain all these will hamper your standing, sitting and bending movements and posture.

The various poses of the like Yoga Adho Mukha Svanasana, Balasana, Chakravakasana stretches the back, thigh, and leg muscles. It strengthens the inner core. This helps in arresting the decay of the spinal discs. These Yoga therapies also helps to improve the blood circulation which will make the healing nutrients reach to the injured tissues and thus decreases the recovering time. Recent studies have shown positive outcome of yoga in general on reducing pain and functional disability of the spine.

Iyengar Yoga, a form of hatha yoga puts the focus on detail, precision and alignment in the performance of posture (asana) and breath control (pranayama). A ground-breaking study conducted in Taiwan and published in the European Health Journal in March of 2011 compared the spines of long-time (10 years or more) yoga teachers versus a group of non-yoga practitioners using MRI imaging. The yoga teachers were found to have significantly less degenerative disc disease.

Neurology

The human nervous system “constitutes the one and only path to spiritual enlightenment, regardless of formal religious affiliation.” Paramhansa Yogananda

Nervous system is what make our brain work through neurons transmitting and receiving impulses. Neurology is the branch of science that deals with the functioning of these neurons. So it becomes not only necessary but also a mandatory thing to keep our nervous system in good health and functioning. Yogic wisdom for the Nervous System is now used worldwide as an alternative therapeutic tool.

Various asanas of the yoga and their daily practice are aerobic exercises that will allows oxygen and other nutrients which helps in stimulating the central nervous system. A recent study has shown that the asanas associated with the meditative techniques are the one which result in increased levels of melatonin and reduced levels of cortisol. While the latter is associated with negative effects and depression the former results in increased sleep levels, stimulates immune system and reduces blood pressure.

Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology is the study of the normal function and diseases of the stomach, small intestine, , pancreas, gallbladder, bile ducts and liver. It involves a detailed understanding of the action of these gastrointestinal organs including the movement of material through the stomach and intestine, the digestion and absorption of nutrients into the body, removal of waste from the system, and the function of the liver as a digestive organ.

Marjaryasana-Bitilasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana Breathing deeply in these poses will massage your organs as you alternately compress and lengthen the intestines, bringing fresh blood to the epithelial cells, which are responsible for healthy gut function.

The treatment of these ailments is not just a one way process. Yogic way of life emphasis on the four aspects of Ahara(food), Vihara(recreation), Acara(relation n routines), Vichara(thought process) and all these in a direct or indirect way helps in the relieving these ailments to an extent.

Pulmonary Ailments

These ailments are the ones concerned with the respiratory system of our body. Bronchial Asthma, Nasal Allergy, Chronic Bronchitis are some of the common but dangerous respiratory tract ailments that should be treated as soon as possible. And what best possible natural way of treatment than Yoga.

Pranayam (controlled breathing) is one of the five principles of yoga namely exercise (asanas), nourishing diet, positive thinking and meditation. Pranayama are controlled yogic breathing techniques that increase the capacity of lungs. Pranayama which is control of inspiration and expiration. The inspiration of prana-vayu is shwasa and expiration is prashwasa and cessation of both is characteristic of pranayama. It reduces the dead-space ventilation (the volume of air that is inhaled but does not take part in the gas exchange), and it aerates the whole lung, in contrast to regular shallow breathing that ventilates only the bases of the lung. This full aeration has beneficial effects on exercise performance and quality of life.

This technique of controlled breathing brings with it two most important benefits for respiratory ailments i.e. increased capacity of lungs and breath holding capacity. Talking broadly breath is life and to enjoy this gift of life we need that our respiratory system be in its best condition.

Rheumatology

Rheumatic diseases are the disorders related to the immune system affecting bones, soft tissues, ligaments and joints. The diagnosis of these immune mediated rheumatic disorders is what is referred to as Rheumatology. There are many diseases that come under the category of rheumatic disorders but the most common is the Rheumatic Arthritis (RA) where the person may feel an inflammatory sensation in their joints causing pain and stiffness.

For people with rheumatic disorders and especially with RA, Yoga comes as a blessing. Unlike other exercises Yogic physical exercises come soft on joints and the tension in the joints is much less which makes yoga an easy-to-do exercise for the people with such disorders. Not only physically but mentally and emotionally too Yoga can help too manage the stress and anxiety that comes by dealing with such chronic pains.

The gentle movements of the yogic exercises and the heat generated from various forms such as Bikram Yoga can be very soothing to the joints .In one randomized study published in April 2018 in the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, sedentary people with RA who practiced Bikram yoga (hot yoga) for 16 weeks experienced significant improvements in their perception of stress and quality of life.

Endocrinology

The endocrine system is the collection of glands that produce hormones that regulate metabolism, growth and development, tissue function, sleep and mood among other things. Endocrinology is the study of endocrine system and its hormone release into different parts of the body and the diseases associated with it. Endocrine system is called endocrine because the hormones are directly released in to the blood stream and carried to the cells.

In todays fast paced and hectic lifestyle the hormone related disorders are becoming more and more common and thus we need something natural to fall back upon for such disorders. Yoga helps greatly in controlling the hormonal system.

Pranayam for example, provides more oxygen to our lungs and increases its capacity thus in turn more of oxygen reaches our cells. This increased oxygen is also carried to the brain and hypothalamus (pituitary) and thus we can control stress more effectively. Now stress reduces the functioning of hypothalamus. Thus pranayama helps in better functioning of pituitary and also other glands. Yogic Poses like Sirsasana, standing forward bend increases blood flow to brain an improves the functioning of brain and hypothalamus along with improving the functioning of pituitary and pineal gland. Halasana and shoulder stand improves the functioning of thyroid and parathyroid gland.