| REVIEW ARTICLE
|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 1165--1175
The Rationale of Yoga in Parkinson's Disease: A Critical Review
Pooja Mailankody1, Shivarama Varambally2, K Thennarasu3, Pramod Kumar Pal1
1 Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Biostatistics, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Background: Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) commonly use complementary and alternative medications. Yoga is a mind-body intervention that is being increasingly explored as a tool in the therapeutic armamentarium of PD.
Objective: To critically evaluate the studies and summarize the utility of Yoga in PD.
Material and Methods: We performed a systematic literature search in the Medline and Cochrane databases and included randomized controlled trials (RCT) of Yoga in PD. The studies were evaluated for internal validity and the relevant data were extracted.
Results: A total of seven studies were included in the analysis. We collated the data on the changes in motor function, gait and balance parameters, anxiety, depression and quality of life scores observed after intervention (Yoga) in patients with PD and highlighted the limitations of these studies.
Conclusion: Anxiety, depression, and balance issues in PD may benefit from Yoga. Yoga has potential as an add-on therapy in PD.
Pramod Kumar Pal
Professor, Department of Neurology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), Hosur Road, Bengaluru - 560 029, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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