Yoga Improves Quality of Life for Ulcerative Colitis Patients, Clinical Trial Finds

Yoga Improves Quality of Life for Ulcerative Colitis Patients, Clinical Trial Finds
Regular supervised 90-minute weekly yoga sessions over a 12-week period improved quality of life and reduced disease activity in people with ulcerative colitis (UC), compared to patients who got only self-care advice. These results are from a clinical trial (NCT02043600) studying the physiological and psychological effects of yoga on 77 UC patients — three-fourths of them women — who were in clinical remission. The German study, “Randomised clinical trial: yoga vs written self-care advice for ulcerative colitis,” appeared in the journal Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics. People with UC, a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), often relapse when feeling stressed. For the trial, 39 patients were randomly assigned to yoga practice and 38 to written self-care advice, two approaches to reduce stress. The primary outcome was disease-specific quality of life, as assessed by an IBD questionnaire. Secondary outcomes included disease activity, as assessed by the Rachmilewitz clinical activity index and safety measures. Outcomes were assessed at weeks 12 and 24 by blinded assessment. Results of the study show that the yoga group had significantly higher disease-specific quality of life compared to the self-care group
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