Sunday, July 17, 2011


Bangalore (The Times of India) - Yoga is no longer a traditional fitness workout. The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (Nimhans) not only has a 45-minute yoga package to treat psychiatric disorders like depression and schizophrenia, but has started comparing its curative effects with general medicine.  Doctors at Nimhans say their studies reveal evidence of biological changes in the body brought about by yoga. They prescribe yoga therapy along with medication in major ailments, while using yoga therapy alone for less serious disorders.  Nimhans is currently doing rigorous clinical trials on the impact of yoga in treatment. Doctors are also measuring biological parameters in patients after yoga therapy.

This project has been taken up as the scientific community has still not accepted the role of yoga despite even mainstream doctors prescribing it with allopathic treatment.  “In all our investigations, there is a high degree of evidence that yoga in different forms does have a curative effect in diseases like depression, memory loss in elderly persons, schizophrenia and others. We worked out specific protocols for yoga for specific neurological problems. The degree of improvement is comparable to that of medicine,” said Dr BN Gangadhar, programme director, Advanced Centre for Yoga, Nimhans.  “We found that chanting of ‘Om’ reduces activity of sensors which have become hyperactive in patients suffering from depression,” Gangadhar added.

The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) from Bangalore in India, has been conducting Yoga research in patients with depression.  It also studies the effect of Yoga as an add-on therapy in immunological parameters of patients with Depression and offers treatment of Yoga therapy for people suffering from Depressión and for those diagnosed with Schizophrenia.  Not only Yoga, but Mantra Meditation also brings many benefits, both spiritual and material, and one of them is to reduce stress and regain mental health.  

Clinical Test of the Benefits of Mantra Chanting was performed on three groups of sixty-two subjects, males and females of average age 25. They chanted the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra twenty-five minutes each day under strict clinical supervision. Results showed that regular chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra reduces Stress and depression and helps reduce bad habits & addictions. These results formed a PhD Thesis at Florida State University. Spiritual practitioners claim many benefits from Mantra Meditation such as increased realization of spiritual wisdom, inner peace and a strong communion with God and the spiritual realm. These effects may be experienced by following the designated spiritual path.

Śrīpad Bhakti Bhāvana Vishnu Mahārāja :
“Vedic Sound and Mantras”
“Scientific Verification of Vedic Knowledge”

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