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Short Term Effect of Sudarshan Kriya Yoga on Lipid and Hormone Profile of Type 2 Diabetic Patients

Author Affiliations

  • 1Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, 21st Km, Kanakapura Road, Udayapura, Bangalore, 560 082, Karnataka INDIA
  • 2 Dept of Biochemistry St,John medical college, Bangalore 560034 INDIA
  • 3 Agharkar Research Institute, G.G.Agarkar Road, Pune 411004 INDIA

Res.J.chem.sci., Volume 1, Issue (9), Pages 83-86, December,18 (2011)


Objective: The study of short term effect of an advanced Sudarshan Kriya Yoga practice as a complementary therapy for 6 days. Design: Open label intervention study. Settings/Location: Art of living international ashram. Subjects: 50 type 2 diabetic patients (22-69 yr). Interventions/therapy: Advanced SKY workshop of 6 days (Sudarshan Kriya and its accompanying practices (SK&P), taught by the Art of Living Foundation world-wide, are stress management/health promotion techniques whose health benefits are being validated by modern medical science) Outcome Measures: Plasma cholesterol, HDL, triglycerides, LDL and VLDL, FT4 and prolactin, cortisol, TSH. Results: In the participants, there was a significant decrease in plasma cholesterol (p0.03), increase in HDL (p0.0001), but levels of triglycerides, LDL and VLDL remained unaffected (p>0.05). Further, levels of FT4 and prolactin significantly increased while cortisol levels were significantly decreased (p< 0.05). Other parameters; viz.; plasma levels of TSH remained unchanged (p>0.19). Conclusion: The action of SKY on lipid profile and hormonal status was of counteractive nature and felt to be distinctly different than the effect of drugs.


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