A holistic method involving yoga and herbal medicines can help tackle psychological disorders, reveal latest research by the Dev Sanskriti University, Haridwar.

For the research, 60 patients with Obsessive Compulsive Disorders (OCD) were subjected to a combination of yoga, pranayamam, Gayatri Mantra recitation (Vedic Sanskrit verse) and herbal medicines.

The participants were given 45 individual sessions of therapeutic intervention of holistic approach, with each session lasting up to an hour. The patients had to do Pranayamam and Gayatri Mantra for 10 minutes each, and yoga for 20 minutes.

It was found that the holistic approach resulted in considerable reduction in OCD levels, the research paper said. The combination of these specific techniques had a collective effect on the patients, causing considerable reduction in OCD symptoms, the University said.

The paper pointed out that some drugs in the market currently being prescribed for such conditions have many side effects, and 90 percent of patients suffer a relapse when they discontinue medication. However, the new holistic method is said to have provided maximum relief to patients.

The holistic approach is based on the principle of Psychology, Yoga and Ayurveda, the journal said.

The researchers said that the nature of psychological disorder is complex and difficult to understand and diagnose until it manifests itself in behaviour.

OCD is a common and often chronic and disabling disorder, and is one of the least understood and least diagnosed and most disabling of the anxiety disorders. OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by uncontrollable, unwanted thoughts and repetitive, ritualized behaviours that you feel compelled to perform. It usually begins in adolescence or in early adulthood.

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