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Gut Reactions #8 – Yoga and ulcerative colitis

A recent study found that 12 weeks of yoga led to an improvement in quality of life, mental health and reduced disease activity in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC).

Patients with UC in clinical remission but with “impaired quality of life” were assigned to hatha yoga (once weekly for 90 minutes), with a control group assigned to written lifestyle advice (another treatment intervention).

After 12 weeks the yoga group had a significant improvement in their quality of life (decreased anxiety & depression scores) compared with the control group. Interestingly, these positive effects also persisted for at least 3 months after the end of the intervention.

Is it time to offer such patients yoga as a safe, acceptable and effective intervention?