Yoga for cancer care

Cancer survivors might want to try yoga to get a better night’s sleep and to boost their energy levels, according to a US study.

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Published: Sun 30 May 2010, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 3:52 AM

Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York randomly assigned more than 400 cancer survivors, most of whom had been treated with chemotherapy for breast cancer, into two groups.

One group did gentle Hatha yoga and restorative yoga—including special postures and breathing and mindfulness exercises—twice a week for a month.

The other was only monitored, following standard practice.

Those who did yoga were able to cut back on sleeping pills and slept better, as measured by a 22 per cent increase in sleep quality on a commonly used scale.

That was nearly twice the improvement of survivors who didn’t do the exercises.

Yoga also cut fatigue by close to half, and led to a small increase in quality of life.

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