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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97-102

Six-month trial of Yoga Nidra in menstrual disorder patients: Effects on somatoform symptoms


1 Department of Physiology, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
2 Department of Geriatric Mental Health, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
4 Department of Statistics, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Neena Srivastava
Department of Physiology, CSM Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: Ministry of health and family welfare, scheme for extra mural research (EMR) in Department of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homoeopathy (AYUSH), New Delhi., Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0972-6748.102489

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Background: Yoga Nidra is a successful therapy for both recent and long-standing psychological disturbances of all kinds especially depression and high anxiety level and neurotic patterns. Objective: The purpose of the present work, therefore, was to conduct a preliminary randomized study of Yoga Nidra as a treatment in the patients of menstrual disorders with somatoform symptoms. Materials and Methods: Patients were recruited from Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, CSM Medical University (erstwhile KGMU) Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. One hundred and fifty female patients with menstrual disorders were randomly divided in to two groups 1- Intervention group: 75 subjects (Yoga Nidra intervention and medication) 2- control group: 75 subjects (without Yoga Nidra intervention only medication). Schedule for clinical assessment in neuropsychiatry tool was used. Results: There was significant improvement in pain symptoms (P<0.006), gastrointestinal symptoms (P<0.04), cardiovascular symptoms (P<0.02) and urogenital symptoms (P<0.005) after 6 months of Yoga Nidra therapy in Intervention group in comparison to control group. Conclusion: Yoga Nidra appears to be a promising intervention for psychosomatic problems. It is cost-effective and easy to implement. The results indicate that somatoform symptoms in patients with menstrual disorder can be decreased by learning and applying a program based on Yogic intervention (Yoga Nidra).


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