|LETTER TO EDITOR
|Year : 1997 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 389-390
Yoga introducing as alternative medicine in some dermatological ailments
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  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  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.
| References|| |
|1.||Stewart et al. Hypnotherapy as a treatment for atopic dermatitis in adults and children Br J Dermatol 1955; 132: 778-783. |
|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. |