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Yoga poses for what ails you
 
"People often have a hard time believing they can get such powerful change from yoga, but they do," says Dr. Dean Ornish, who has studied the health benefits of yoga for everything from depression to sexual dysfunction to rotator cuff injuries. 
 
Ornish, a clinical professor of medicine, says yoga works by bringing down stress levels, which relaxes everything in your body, including blood vessels. "Your arteries begin to relax so there's more blood flow everywhere, so everything is better," says Ornish, president of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute.
 
It is easy to understand how yoga can help with pain and other physical ailments, so here are a few surprising ailments where yoga can make a difference.
 
1. Asthma
Several studies, including one published in the "Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology," show yoga can help asthma sufferers.
 
2. Sexual dysfunction in women
A study in the "Journal of Sexual Medicine" shows yoga improved women's desire, satisfaction and orgasms. Health magazine suggests a sequence of “wide leg squat” to “lizard lunge” to “frog pose” to improve a woman's sex life.
 
3. Sexual dysfunction in men
Doctors in India have successfully used yoga to treat men with premature ejaculation; there are more details in an article in the "Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy."
 
4. Sleep problems
Researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center found lymphoma patients who did yoga slept better than those who didn't. Suggestions trying the “happy baby pose” or the “goddess pose” before you go to bed.
 
5. Menstrual pain
According to a study published in the "North American Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology," the “cobra, cat and fish poses” helped teens and young women with menstrual pain.
 
6. Osteoporosis
A regimen of 10 yoga poses helps build bone mineral density after menopause.
 
7. Depression and anxiety
Emotionally distressed women became less depressed and anxious after they took two 90-minute yoga classes a week for three months. This yoga journal article suggests “camel pose,” “bridge pose” and “wheel pose.”
 
 
Dr. Iverson's Comment
 
I remember before its popularity if someone said they were going to Yoga then you were considered a little “out there”—like you were going to meditate in an Ashram in India. Today Yoga has gained acceptance worldwide as another means to improve wellness. It is certainly recognized as a great way to increase flexibility as well as help improve muscle tone. I like to recommend it to my patients that are on the go-go-go or on-the-run all the time to help them calm the body down. 
 
This article is especially important because it points out what ailments the Indians have been using Yoga for millennia. Because yoga improves circulation to organs it can be used as treatment for so much more than just aches and pains and stiffness.
 
I highly encourage you to check out a series of yoga classes if you have any of the ailments above and standard nutritional medicine is not enough to relieve your symptoms.
 
Happy stretching!
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