By Dr. Alison Danby, ND, Functional Medicine Practitioner and Autoimmune Strategist

A better quality of life for those living with RA is out there!

A smaller study hot off the press (Sept 2, 2020) looking at a yoga lifestyle, which included these 4 techniques:

  • Gentle yoga stretching
  • Meditation
  • Deep breathing
  • Relaxation technique

These techniques not only improve your overall quality of life but also improve the clinical outcomes of rheumatoid arthritis.

Dr. Alison Danby, ND

The study looked at both males and females (more females than males) and from the age of 18-60 years old with an average age of 45.

The participants found they had a statical significant improvement in the following areas:

  • Less joint pain.
  • Less joint swelling.
  • A decrease in ESR (inflammatory lab marker).
  • Overall improvement in health.
  • Improvement in the psychological aspects of their life.
  • Improvement in social relationships.
  • Better mind-body connections

But they also found a decrease in disease activity!

  • A reduction in inflammatory cytokinesIL-6, TNF-alpha (a big gun), and CTL A4
  • And an increase in TGF-beta (this helps STOP autoimmunity!!) WOW

Why would this approach be so beneficial? The Yoga – Meditative techniques used in this study have been shown in other research to:

  • Calm the central nervous system,
  • Reduces overall stress
  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Stimulates vagal nerve activity which has been shown to reduce inflammation.
  • And the long-term use of medication has been shown to reduce T cell activity which is very important and autoimmune to down regular inflammatory markers.

My conclusion is when you reduce the stress and stressor on your body you promote a healing state.

Dr. Alison Danby, ND

Remember a small step will make big improvements. Which of these 4 techniques can you start incorporating today?

Surabhi Gautam, Manoj Kumar, Uma Kumar, Rima Dada. Effect of an 8-Week Yoga-Based Lifestyle Intervention on Psycho-Neuro-Immune Axis, Disease Activity, and Perceived Quality of Life in Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Front Psychol 2020 Sep 2;11:2259. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.02259. eCollection 2020. PMID: 32982898

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