Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Volume 4 |Article ID 327863 | https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem069

Shirley Telles, K. V. Naveen, Manoj Dash, "Yoga Reduces Symptoms of Distress in Tsunami Survivors in the Andaman Islands", Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 4, Article ID 327863, 7 pages, 2007. https://doi.org/10.1093/ecam/nem069

Yoga Reduces Symptoms of Distress in Tsunami Survivors in the Andaman Islands

Received01 Jan 2007
Accepted08 May 2007

Abstract

A month after the December 2004 tsunami the effect of a 1 week yoga program was evaluated on self rated fear, anxiety, sadness and disturbed sleep in 47 survivors in the Andaman Islands. Polygraph recordings of the heart rate, breath rate and skin resistance were also made. Among the 47 people, 31 were settlers from the mainland (i.e. India, ML group) and 16 were endogenous people (EP group). There was a significant decrease in self rated fear, anxiety, sadness and disturbed sleep in both groups, and in the heart and breath rate in the ML group, and in the breath rate alone in the EP group, following yoga (P < 0.05, t-test). This suggests that yoga practice may be useful in the management of stress following a natural disaster in people with widely differing social, cultural and spiritual beliefs.

Copyright © 2007 Shirley Telles et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


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