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Meditation: a magical cure-all to fight depression

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Researchers of the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania published and incredible study in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

This is about the link between a breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya and depression. This randomized controlled pilot study showed how the patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) that followed  that specific meditation improved instead of the others.  After two months, the yoga group was really helped to alleviate their severe depression, including the patients  who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments.

This magical meditation technique can be practiced in both a group setting and at home. It is characterized by sequential, rhythm breathing exercises: slow and calm breaths alternated with fast and stimulating ones.

The practice has been shown to be helpful for patients with milder forms af depression, too, such as the one due to alcohol dependence.

Past studies demonstrated that yoga is able to adjust the nervous system to reduce stress hormones!

The authors of this study said: “The next step in the research is to conduct a larger study evaluating how this intervention impacts brain structure and function in patients who have a major depression!”.



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