Cancer survivors might want to try yoga to get a better night`s sleep and to boost their energy levels, according to a US study.
"We really don`t have any good remedies for fatigue for cancer survivors," she told Reuters Health. Although patients may take drugs to help them sleep, such medications have side effects and aren`t usually long-lasting which led Mustian`s team to look for alternatives. How yoga achieves its relaxing effects isn`t completely clear. "It may be promoting social bonding," Mustian said, adding that preliminary studies have suggested it could also lower stress hormones. For cancer survivors seeking help from yoga, Mustian recommended looking for Yoga Alliance-certified instructors, especially those who have experience with people dealing with illness. She also stressed that the results may not apply to all forms of yoga. Dr. Douglas Blayney, president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, said physicians and oncologists were often uncomfortable advising patients who wanted to use therapies that were complementary to standard cancer therapy. "A physician can say with some confidence, "yes, this kind of yoga program may be useful"," Blayney, who was not involved in the research, told Reuters Health. "Here we have a studied intervention, one that has been subjected to clinical trials and, lo and behold, it seems to be beneficial." ANI
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