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Friday, February 13, 2015

Yoga’s Popularity Grows Among Adults And Children

Yoga studios are popping up across the country as more and more Americans find benefits in the ancient art, and as more Western doctors recommend it for relaxation and exercise. The percentage of US adults practicing yoga has increased from 5.15% in 2002 to 9.5% in 2012 and in 2012, about 21 million adults practiced yoga as revealed in the survey conducted by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

While yoga alone is not a proven cure for any particular disease, more support for such mind-body therapy is coming from an even more authoritative source – doctors.

Previously, medical sceptics would not acknowledge the glowing testimonials of practitioners because yoga’s presumed benefits evaded — and still do — measurement by conventional medical standards.

But now, some general practitioners recommend yoga to their patients.

Dr. Josephine Briggs, director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at the National Institutes of Health, describes “The health practices of Americans tend to be quite stable, so an almost doubling of [yoga] use is very striking.” She also goes on to say, that the causes will likely require more research, but the findings of their study are “consistent with the growing focus on having practices available to people with chronic musculoskeletal conditions.” These are conditions like arthritis or neck and back pain.

Past American Holistic Medical Association president, Dr. Molly Roberts emphasizes how broad today’s complementary health options are.

She said, “A third of the population is now using some kind of integrative medicine technique,” commenting, “That’s a heck of a lot of people — 108 million who are using these services.”

Roberts also says, “The other thing is that there are a number of modalities and supplements that used to be considered ‘alternative’ that are now considered mainstream,” adding, “Mind/body approaches are part of Americans’ strategy to manage pain,” she said. “The science is incomplete, but it suggests there is a benefit for patients with pain conditions.”

However, the authors also argued “Despite the lack of a consistent definition as to which approaches are included in the measure of complementary health approaches, estimates of the overall use of any complementary health approach presented in this study are consistent with previous research.”

Source: http://www.piercepioneer.com/

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