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WHO acknowledges age old benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda

Around 20 million Americans practice yoga. It is a $6 billion industry and researchers are continuing to study its benefits.

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World Health Organisation has chosen Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga as its collaborating centre (CC). This CC is going to develop research guildelines for yoga studies while while Institute of PG Training and Research in Ayurveda has be chosen for research in ayurveda.

Due to this country will get a major fillip towards traditional medical system, including yoga across the world. Till date India never had a collaborating centre for WHO inspite of having a large number of Ayush institutions and 32 collaborating centres for modern medicine. Today WHO has 22 collaborating centres for traditional medicine including India.

The two CCs will the WHO body to setup policies and regulatory standards for yoga and Ayurveda. The designation status will be effective for a period of four years, from April 5, 2013.

 “MDNIY has attained the privilege to be the only WHO collaborating centre in the world to engage in achieving yoga specific outcomes,” Institute’s director Ishwar V Basavaraddi told reporters on Friday.Holistic-health

He said that due to the global demand and popularity of the yoga for health care, the two institutes can offer more than just being collaborating centre like by generating information and documents of yoga for the use of all the member states of the world health body

Though India is the origin of the yoga but it the western people who practise it. Around 20 million Americans practice yoga. It is a $6 billion industry and researchers are continuing to study its benefits.

Financial Advisor , DC Katoch explained that though WHO does not have its own institutional network but identifies institutions from member countries to work in specific areas of health and designate them as WHO CCs.

“The achievement came after four years of intensive persuasion with the WHO by the Ayush Department of the Health Ministry,” said Katoch.

He said that there was a clear trend of increasing demand for yoga from the public, and the Government has been actively incorporating alternative medicines besides yoga into the public healthcare system.

-by Bhaskar Raghavendran

Bhaskar is a graduate in Journalism and mass communication from Amity school of communication, Noida. Contact the author at Twitter: bhaskar_ragha

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  • Pritam Go Green

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga being chosen by WHO as its collaborating centre. This is no small news. One should feel for the country. This will surely help India to take a big leap towards good global reputation.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really nice that India is making its identity in other counties and Yoga, an Indian origin has been accepted by many people across the world

    • Digital Mind

      absolutely. proud of it.

  • Pritam Go Green

    Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga being chosen by WHO as its collaborating centre. This is no small news. One should feel for the country. This will surely help India to take a big leap towards good global reputation.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really nice that India is making its identity in other counties and Yoga, an Indian origin has been accepted by many people across the world

    • Digital Mind

      absolutely. proud of it.

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Yoga Face-toning May Compete With Fillers, Face-lifts

"The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging," he said in an email.

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Yoga face toning is an effective way of reducing the signs of ageing. VOA
  • Yoga face toning may take over botox and face lifting procedures.
  • 27 participants noted changes in their faces after weeks of this experiment.
  • It is still a matter of discussion if this method can reverse ageing or not.

In his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-ageing treatment: facial yoga.

Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-aged women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks.

Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay
Facial exercises are healthier than surgeries. Pixabay

The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.

“In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s really a win-win for patients.”

Participants included 27 women between 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle-resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island.

Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practised at home.

Improvements noted

Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start.

Face yoga is a healthier substitute to surgical procedures. Pixabay
Face yoga is a healthier substitute for surgical procedures. Pixabay

The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years.

Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study’s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology.

“Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of ageing,” Alam said. “Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way of looking younger or augmenting other cosmetic or anti-ageing treatments they may be seeking.”

The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said.

Happy Face sells instructional worksheets — promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids — for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95.

Some skepticism

But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises.

Dr John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers.

“The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of ageing,” he said in an email.

Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation.

“While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of ageing is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,” he said.

Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked whether procedures such as face-lifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: “Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigour.”

Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study. VOA