Yoga

Yoga is a mind-body practice in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with origins in ancient Indian philosophy. The various styles of yoga that people use for health purposes typically combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. There are numerous schools of yoga. Hatha yoga, the most commonly practiced in the United States and Europe, emphasizes postures (asanas) and breathing exercises (pranayama). Some of the major styles of hatha yoga include Iyengar, Ashtanga, Vini, Kundalini, and Bikram yoga. People use yoga for a variety of conditions and to achieve fitness and relaxation.
The 2002 National Health Interview Survey found that yoga is one of the top 10 CAM modalities used. Nearly 8 percent of those surveyed (more than 15.2 million adults) had ever used yoga for health purposes.

Top Helpful Cases

 Healed
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Twenty-five years of running and being pulled along by two large dogs wore away my left hip joint. Scoliosis didn't help. I toughed it out for years with physical therapy and yoga, and finally had to have my hip totally replaced. I wasn't happy, but I got a great result and I can hardly remember it isn't mine, except when ...
 Helped a lot
5 of 5 people found this helpful
I started getting lower back pains and I thought it was just because i was growing older and that everyone got them. But they became worse and sitting and standing became painful. My daughter is in medical school and in her expert opinion she said I had Sciatica and I should go to the doctor to get it checked out. ...
 Helped a little
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I have always been fairly active, running regularly during and after college, and having a job where I am sometimes physically active. I had noticed over the years my knees would sometimes ache after a lot of activity, and grind when I bent them. Finally, after a long summer of being on my feet often in 2004, my knee was ...

Yoga is Used For These Conditions

Area
Condition Average Result Healed Helped
a Lot
Helped
a Little
No Change Made Worse
All Conditions (average)
3.7
(52)
9 26 10 7
Back General
Osteoarthritis - Degenerative Disc Disease
4.0
1
Back General
Pain
4.0
1
Back General
Spina Biffida/ Scoliosis
4.0
1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Pain
4.2
1 4
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Sciatica
3.7
2 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Herniated Disk
3.0
1 1 1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Sacroiliac Joint
3.0
1
Back Lower (Lumbar)
Muscle Strain
3.0
1
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
5.0
1
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Scoliosis
4.5
1 1
Back Mid (Thoracic)
Pain
4.0
2
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Muscle Strain
5.0
1
Back Upper - Neck (Cervical)
Pain
4.0
1
General
Depression
4.0
1
General
Extremely Low or No Flexibility in Joints
3.0
1
Head
Chronic Headache
3.5
1 1
Hip
Osteoarthritis
4.5
1 1
Hip
Arthritis
4.0
1
Internal
Bloating Stomach Pain
4.0
2
Internal
Ehlers Danlos syndrome - "Cutis hyperelastica"
3.0
1
Knee
Pain
4.0
1 1 1
Knee
Fractured Kneecap
4.0
1
Knee
Articular Cartilage Damage
4.0
1
Knee
Meniscus Knee Injury
4.0
1
Knee
Medial Meniscus Tear
4.0
1
Knee
Tendinitus
3.0
1
Knee
Chondromalacia
3.0
1
Knee
Osteoarthritis
2.5
1 5
Leg
Plantar Fasciitis
5.0
1
Neurological
Ramsay Hunt Syndrome
4.0
1
Shoulder
Pain
3.5
1 1
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