The approach of yoga towards diseases

Most modern medicines treat only symptoms of diseases neglecting the root cause. This is when yoga therapy comes into picture. Yoga emphasizes on treating the root cause of an ailment by working in a slow, miraculous and subtle manner. Though modern medicines help in saving life during critical stage of illness, for full recovery and prevention of diseases, one has to depend on the efficacy of yoga therapy.

The yoga therapy includes discipline, regulation and ethics in combination with meditation and prayer. The various postures or Asanas help in relaxing and stretching the body muscles, thereby neutralizing tensions. Based on the perspective of yoga, most diseases in human body are caused due to insufficiency of life force (prana), either due to blockage of prana (life force) on a particular part of the body or on the body as a whole. This in turn is believed to lead to low immunity in the body.

The practitioners of yoga believe that most ailments are due to decreased immunity of the body. This decreased immunity could result in low energy levels, ill health, and vulnerability to infections. When the body has sufficient immunity to fight off an infection, there is no reason for an infection to occur in the first place. Bacteria or viruses or pathogens are believed to cause infections, only when the body does not have sufficient immunity to keep them under control.

A blockage of prana (life force) in any particular part of the body, like for instance, thyroid gland, is generally believed to be due to misalignment of a bone in the spinal nerve which travels to that specific organ, causing a hindrance to the life force of that organ. The spine is considered as most important when treating ailments and hence most postures in yoga are designed so as to make the spinal chord supple for preventing any misalignments.

Through continued practice, the yoga postures can have great influence in starting from restoration of health, flexibility, balance and well-being to cultivation of emotional balance, inner strength and mental equanimity.

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