It’s safe to say that most people try their best to reduce stress. Some choose a medicated route, perhaps choosing to drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes to take the edge off, while others choose healthier approaches to deal with stress, such as exercise.
However, there are people who have a much harder time dealing with bouts of stress, as the cause for their stress is due to an internal bodily abnormality, as seen in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). But a recent study has found that UC patients who participated in yoga found significant relieve from their stress-induced symptoms.
“Many people use yoga to increase their quality of life. Our study suggests that it might be worthwhile to consider yoga as part of a multimodal integrative approach for treating ulcerative colitis,” said Prof. Holger Cramer, lead author of the Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics study.
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that results in long-lasting inflammation and ulcers (sores) in the digestive tract, primarily affecting the gastrointestinal lining of the large intestine. The condition can often be severely debilitating and sometimes lead to life-threatening complications. While the symptoms of UC can vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of inflammation present, doctors can often classify the condition according to the part of the colon that is inflamed. The following are the signs and symptoms commonly seen with ulcerative colitis.
Typically, ulcerative colitis patients have mild to moderate symptoms, with its course varying. Most see periods of remission but often relapse during times of stress.
Prof. Cramer and his colleagues find these results very promising, suggesting that regular yoga exercises could very well be a valuable adjunct to conventional medical therapies for ulcerative colitis.