Dtsch Med Wochenschr 2017; 142(25): 1925-1929
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-116158
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Wo und wie wirkt Yoga? – Eine wissenschaftliche Bestandsaufnahme

Where and How does Yoga Work? – A Scientific Overview
Holger Cramer
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Publication Date:
14 December 2017 (online)


As a traditional health care system, yoga combines physical activity, breathing techniques and meditation. It is increasingly used as a preventive or therapeutic means. Yoga has been researched in hundreds of randomized controlled trials. Positive effects are especially found for chronic pain conditions, hypertension, depression and in supportive cancer care. While there are case reports of serious adverse events associated with yoga, the risk seems to be extremely low and comparable to other forms of physical activity. Yoga can thus be considered as a safe and effective adjunct therapy for a number of conditions.

Yoga wird vermehrt in Prävention und Therapie eingesetzt – und zum Teil sogar von den Krankenkassen bezuschusst. Doch hält Yoga was er verspricht oder überwiegen die Risiken den Nutzen? Eine stetig wachsende Evidenzbasis widmet sich dieser Frage und kann helfen, individuelle Empfehlungen zu erarbeiten.

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