Top US doctor recommends yoga to patients

Yoga is now prescribed by top doctors

Each year ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology) holds one of the most important cancer conferences in the world.

Each year a top doctor is asked what Practice changes will you make based on presentations at ASCO?

There was a great deal of discussion about the benefits of yoga, and it is worthwhile noting that

Dr. Jeffrey Kirshner, MD,  was this year’s doctor who was asked to list

10 Practice Changes I Will Make Based on Presentations at the 2010 ASCO Meeting

Dr. Kirshner is Partner and Director of Research, Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York, East Syracuse; Chief of Oncology, Community General Hospital, Syracuse.   So a man whom other oncologists respect, and who knows what he is talking about when it comes to cancer and its treatment.

Writing about what he had learnt, and what he will be ‘adding in’ at his practice,  he explained that, as a result of attending the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), he plans to make changes to his management of patients with cancer- and one of these is:

9. Offer yoga to cancer patients experiencing insomnia and fatigue.

As he says, “Hatha yoga has been demonstrated to decrease the incidence of these symptoms and to decrease the need for sleeping medications (Abstract 9013).14”.

So now you know – and for those of you who are yoga-fans, this proves what you have known all along – yoga is good for you!

www.asco.org

2 thoughts on “Top US doctor recommends yoga to patients

  1. Pam October 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm Reply

    I love yoga, but it can be hard to get to classes and expensive at £7 a class.

    • Verite Reily Collins October 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm Reply

      Pam

      Have you asked your GP or hospital if they provide any yoga, or many support centres provide this – worth a try.

      Verite

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