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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 389-390

Yoga introducing as alternative medicine in some dermatological ailments

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B R Baishya

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Baishya B R. Yoga introducing as alternative medicine in some dermatological ailments. Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 1997;63:389-90

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To the Editor

Stewart et al [1] conducted an interesting study on hypnotherapy as a treatment of atopic dermatitis in adults and children and it was observed that hypnotherapy seems to have helped the atopic patients in this study. Same dermatological ailments like atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus, even acne vulgaris are precipi­tated by stress. Stress may initiate epidermal, dermal ischaemia / hypoxia [2] leading to im­pairment of normal functions of the Keratinocytes and melanocytes. Stress further affect the immune system, which might lead to precipitate some autoimmune skin disease. I have been prescribing yogic asanas, pranayama, relaxation techniques in some selected patients under medical supervision and under the guidance of qualified yoga-in­structor. There was an interesting case of sarcoidosis, who was dependent of steroid for years, with impairment of normal venti­latory (lung) function. Yoga was tried in this recalcitrant case of sarcoidosis and after a few months of yoga practice her steroid was tapered to Zero and her pulmonary func­tion markedly improved. She is still under our follow up and doing well with the disease. I have been observing encouraging results in atopic dermatitis, vitiligo, psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis and acne vulgaris in my patients. But practice of yogic modalities or techniques must be started at the early part of the dermatosis, and selecting cases carefully. I have also observed encouraging results in sexual dysfunction (eg., loss of libido, impo­tency). Practice of yoga may be better alter­nation to physiotherapy in some leprosy patients. Yoga helps to boost up the immune system of the body compromised by stress (discussed by the author elsewhere). My ob­servation is that patients suffering from dermatosis precipitated by stress are specially benefited by the practice of yoga.

I request my colleagues to try yogic practice in some selected cases of dermatological ail­ments and see the results. I feel, formulation of a research project to evaluate the role of yoga in managing some dermatological ail­ments in India is essential. We also feel that this branch of alternative medicine might have some place in dermatological therapy.

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1.Stewart et al. Hypnotherapy as a treatment for atopic dermatitis in adults and children Br J Dermatol 1955; 132: 778-783.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Picardo M et al Treatment of vitiligo with Anti­oxidants. In: Valia R.G. ed What is new in Dermatol, STD, Lepro 1996; 8: 31-32.  Back to cited text no. 2    


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