Yoga for anxiety: a systematic review of the research evidence

Kirkwood, Graham, Rampes, Hagen, Tuffrey, Veronica, Richardson, Janet and Pilkington, Karen (2005) Yoga for anxiety: a systematic review of the research evidence. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 39 (12). pp. 884-891. ISSN 0306-3674


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Between March and June 2004, a systematic review was carried out of the research evidence on the effectiveness of yoga for the treatment of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Eight studies were reviewed. They reported positive results, although there were many methodological inadequacies. Owing to the diversity of conditions treated and poor quality of most of the studies, it is not possible to say that yoga is effective in treating anxiety or anxiety disorders in general. However, there are encouraging results, particularly with obsessive compulsive disorder. Further well conducted research is necessary which may be most productive if focused on specific anxiety disorders.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Online ISSN 1473-0480
Uncontrolled Keywords: yoga; anxiety; anxiety disorders; systematic review
Subjects: University of Westminster > Science and Technology > Life Sciences, School of (No longer in use)
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2006
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2010 14:31

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