Yoga for the Management of The Psychosomatic Diseases

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What is Psychosomatic Disorder?

Psychosomatic disorder is a term which is mainly used to represent a physical disease which is either caused or gets worse by mental factors. The term can also be used to represent a situation where the mental factors start showing physical symptoms even when there is no physical disease. For instance, chest pain could be a result of just stress and no other physical disease. Various factors may affect the occurrence and severity of this disorder such as genetics, personality traits, biological factors, environmental family influences, learned behavior and more. Practice of Yoga is one of the antidotes for the psychosomatic diseases

A number of physical conditions and diseases are directly related to one’s mental state. These physical conditions may include skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases and more. Psychosomatic disorder most commonly affects the gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Psychosomatic disorder may affect one’s quality of life in a mild to severe way, ranging from interfering with the normal day to day life to causing mental and physical disability.

Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) along with drug therapy is one of the most common treatments for psychosomatic disorder. This CBT allows the patient to learn new techniques to solve their problems as they gain a better understanding of their circumstances.

Treatment of psychosomatic diseases with yoga

When combined with proper drug therapy yoga can help with reducing the effect of psychosomatic disorders to a great extent. As we already know, psychosomatic disorders are a result of high level of anxiety and stress, yoga is helpful in treating psychosomatic disorders as it helps in relieving stress as well as brings about the required physical, emotional and mental balance. For those who practice yoga on a regular basis either at home or at a Yoga School are less likely to suffer from such physical or mental health conditions.

  • Yogasanas- Yogic postures are designed in a way to strengthen and tone the muscles and relieve the burden over the internal organs. The emotional imbalances can be mended through these postures as they require concentration. Regular practice of yogasanas helps in the regulation of endorphin and serotonin levels which aids in relieving stress and provide relaxation. The stretching and movements during the yogasanas help in improving the blood circulation and toning the blood vessels. This helps in getting rid of the toxins from the body and promotes a healthy state of mind.

Postures such as Tadasana, Vrikshasana, Ardhchakrasana, Vajrasana, Sukasana, Vipareera karni, Sashankasana, Bhujangasana, etc. are found to be highly effective in reducing the effect of psychosomatic disorder.

  • Pranayama- Pranayama along with other breathing exercises help in providing relaxation to the worked up mind. It also increases the inner awareness. Just the simple act of concentrating on each and every breath help in combating the challenging situations in a calm and composed manner. Deep breathing also helps in improving the overall health as it increases the level of oxygen in the blood. Respiratory diseases such as asthma, tuberculosis, bronchitis and cough are also relieved. Pranayamas like Nadishuddhi, Chandranadi, Sheetali, Sheetkari, Bhramari are very effective in taming psychosomatic disorders.
  • Meditation and Relaxation techniques- Effective stress management is achieved through the techniques of deep relaxation like yoga nidra and the practices of meditation. The endocrinal profile is regulated by these practices which bring the restoration of the harmony of the mind and body.

In a nutshell, healthy life style coupled with the practices and principles of Yoga will be great a relief for the psychosomatic diseases and means to promote the positive health.