People suffering from depression instead of taking antidepressants can practice yoga, which results in a significant reduction in symptoms without the side effects that are usually the result from the use of drugs, say American scientists after they conducted their research. ‘The research has proved that yoga and breathing exercises help to people who are not on antidepressants, as well as those who are on a stable dose of antidepressants, but also those who did not achieve their remission’ said study author Chris Streeter, professor at Boston University.
About 40 percent of people who suffer from severe depression and take antidepressants do not achieve complete remission.Yoga can be used as an alternative or addition to pharmacologic treatments. During the research, people with severe depression were separated into two groups:
- Group 1 was taking a large dose of anti-depressants and had three 90-minute yoga class a week with the practice of yoga at home.
- Group 2 took a small dose of antidepressants with two 90-minute lessons per week and with exercise at home.
Both groups have recorded a significant reduction in symptoms of depression! Although an increasing number of members of the group with a higher dose of antidepressants had fewer symptoms, researchers believe that two hours a week with exercise at home also means less depression, and still gives effective results. Drugs change our mood, yoga helps at avoiding side effects, and drug interactions.