Exploring the pharmacological and pharmacotherapeutic effects of yoga

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Pharmacology, Toxicology and Biomedical Reports,2016,2,1,6-10.
Published:Nov 2015
Type:Review Article

Exploring the pharmacological and pharmacotherapeutic effects of yoga

Subramani Parasuraman1, Lim Ee Wen1, Khor Ming Zhen1, Chin Kean Hean1 and Aaseer Thamby Sam2

Units of 1Pharmacology and 2Pharmacy Practice, Faculty of Pharmacy, AIMST University, Bedong 08100, Kedah, Malaysia.
Corresponding Author:
Dr. S. Parasuraman
Unit of Pharmacology,Faculty of Pharmacy,
AIMST University,Bedong, Malaysia.
E-mail: parasuraman@aimst.edu.my


Yoga is a spiritual technique incorporating a wide variety of practices whose goal is the development of a state of mental and physical health, well-being, inner harmony and ultimately to achieve a state of oneness with the universe. Yoga can modify the disease state and give a way to live healthy. Many of systemic disorder associated with stress and regular yoga practice may improve adaptive autonomic response to stress. Yoga can be used as supportive or complementary therapy in conjunction with medical therapy for the treatment of any systemic disorder. The recent studies showed beneficial effect of yoga on the management/ treatment of diabetes, blood pressure, arthrosclerosis and etc. The main objective of this review is to summarize the pharmacological aspects, medical benefits and health benefits of the yoga.