Research led by the University of Rochester Medical Centre has found that YOCAS yoga can help with cancer recovery. Cancer patients taking part in the trial have seen reduced levels of inflammation, which helps aid their recovery and can even prevent the return of cancer.
Eligible participants were cancer survivors with insomnia. More than 500 people, with an average age of 56, took part in the trial, taking part in gentle Hatha and restorative yoga or a placebo program as part of the Cancer Treatment and Survivorship care plans.
Inflammation in both primary and secondary cancer development is universally associated with the development or continued impact of cancer. Those who took part in the Yoga for Cancer Survivors (YOCAS) programme had “significantly lower levels of pro-inflammatory markers” compared with those in education classes.
To find out more about the impact of the study, see here.