Yoga helps fight breast cancer

Practicing yoga significantly improves the quality of life of women suffering from breast cancer and undergoing radiation therapy, Indian and American researchers have established and scientifically confirmed yet another benefit of the globally-popular, ancient Indian practice. Yoga helps breast cancer patients more than generic stretching exercises, improving their physical functioning, general health and reducing levels of cortisol – the stress hormone – the scientists have said.

The findings are particularly significant because high cortisol levels have been associated with worse outcomes for cancer patients, they have said. Yoga has for some time been viewed as beneficial in fighting fatigue, particularly for patients recovering from strenuous treatments. But the new research suggests that it offers several other critical benefits. Read more…


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