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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 153-155

Effect of yoga and naturopathy on health disorders: A case study

1 Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India
2 Naturopathy Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Lonavala, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission15-Dec-2021
Date of Acceptance21-Jan-2022
Date of Web Publication15-Jul-2022

Correspondence Address:
Akshata S Badave
Scientific Research Department, Kaivalyadhama Yoga Institute, Swami Kuvalyananda Marg, Valvan, Lonavala, Maharashtra 410403
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/dypj.dypj_78_21

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RRS, a male participant, was admitted into Kaivalyadhama Yogic Hospital with complaints of obesity, hypertension, borderline diabetes mellitus, and hyperlipidemia. The health-related parameters, namely, weight, blood glucose level, lipid profile, spirometry, and chest-back-leg strength, were assessed. Pre-tests and post-tests were held before and after 30 days of yoga and naturopathic treatment intervention, including diabetes-related expert advice. His weight was reduced from 100 to 92 kg, HbA1c was reduced from 8.1% to 6.9%, and lipid profiles total ratio came down from the initial reading of 4.5 to 3.7, following the intervention. His overall lung capacity was found improved after yoga practices. The participant showed improvement in his chest-back-leg strength from 93.33 to 112.33 kg. The authors recommend diet, naturopathy, and yoga therapies, employed in this case study, for addressing the health issues mentioned in the study.

Keywords: Borderline DM, diet, hypertension, lung capacity, naturopathy, obesity, yoga

How to cite this article:
Badave AS, Prasad R, Bhogal RS, Pathak SD. Effect of yoga and naturopathy on health disorders: A case study. D Y Patil J Health Sci 2021;9:153-5

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Badave AS, Prasad R, Bhogal RS, Pathak SD. Effect of yoga and naturopathy on health disorders: A case study. D Y Patil J Health Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Aug 8];9:153-5. Available from: http://www.dypatiljhs.com/text.asp?2021/9/4/153/351088

  Key Message Top

Yoga and naturopathy address health disorders effectively.

  Introduction Top

The advent of globalization has resulted into lifestyle shift toward lesser physical movement, more of cerebral activities, and professional competition on all levels of our existential life and living with a consequent global spurt in psychosomatic and psychogenic disorders. Of late, yoga research has shown a great promise for all functional disorders. Bhagwat Gita speaks about proper diet, positive lifestyle, attitudinal changes, and psycho-physiological practices (B.G. II: VI: 17) for combating our existential maladies. Yoga and naturopathy work on the bioenergy substrate of human personality; a case study was conceived on a patient of yogic hospital of the institute.

  Case History Top

RRS, a 65-year-old male, was admitted to the Kaivalyadhama Yogic Hospital (HHCC) with complaints of obesity (central obesity), hypertension (HTN), borderline diabetes mellitus (DM), and hyperlipidemia. His baseline analysis was done with the help of biochemical and physiological tests. Blood glucose level (BGL) and lipid profile were ascertained, through biochemical tests. His physiological tests were done with the help of spirometry and chest-back-leg strength test. After completion of the pre-level assessment, he was advised to take naturopathy and yoga-based treatments.

  Treatment Plan Top

The treatment plan was employed for 1 month, daily for 90 min excluding Sundays. The participant stayed at the Kaivalyadhama campus, during the period of treatment. He had undergone the following treatments [Table 1].
Table 1: Details of treatment

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He was advised Brahma mudra and Jihva Bandha for strengthening neck muscles. Pawana muktasana with one leg without raising head was advised, for digestive problems such as hyperacidity, flatulence, central obesity, and core muscle strengthening. He was advised to practice yoga as per his capacity with some modifications. Pranayamas were advised as per his capacity as he was having an exertional dyspnea with below normal breath-holding capacity. Ghiya[1] explained in her research review that Pranayama helps to achieve control over mind and breathing. Naturopathy treatment was found to be helpful in improving blood circulation. Enema was given for detoxification process. Diet therapy helped him to improve digestive health and to reduce the weight.

  Discussion Top

Regulation of diet and sleep, adequate sleeping and waking hours, as well as a systematic daily work pattern make yoga an annihilator of misery as per Bhagwat Gita (VI:17).

In the case study, it is amply indicated that the change in lifestyle, diet, and physical activity has significantly improved the patient’s overall health status. Diet modification, along with naturopathic and yogic practices, might have led to control his BGL without any medication.

Bairy et al.[2] found that naturopathy and yoga intervention had significantly reduced BGLs, glycated hemoglobin levels, and reduced the need for anti-diabetic medications. Roshi et al. found that in the yoga group BP had shown a significant decrease in hypertension than the control group.[3] Gadham et al.[4] found that a combined practice of Asana and pranayama helped to reduce obesity, a significant decrease in systolic and diastolic BP and an improvement in various lipid profile parameters. Shetty and Mooventhan[5] in a case study on an obese patient found that the patient reached grade I obesity from grade II with the help of yoga and naturopathy intervention, as per WHO criteria. Mukerjee[6] found that the integrative approach in a patient with patient-specific nutritional therapy and Ayurvedic herb support helped to manage diabetes, hypertension, obesity, gastric disorders, and also helped to reduce doses of medication.

In pre-test, his fasting BGL was 119 mg/dL, post-prandial (PP) value was 135 mg/dL, and HbA1c level was 8.1%, and after the post-test, the fasting BGL was 75 mg/dL whereas the PP value was 115 mg/dL. HBA1c was found to be 6.9%, which means that it reduced by some percentage. BGL was found within the normal range [Table 2].
Table 2: Values of BGL

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At pre-test, his weight was 100 kg and during post-test it was found to be 92 kg [Table 3].
Table 3: Weight

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In the lipid profile tests before therapies, his serum cholesterol was 251 mg/dL, but after the treatment, it came within the normal range at 195 mg/dL. Along with this, his serum triglyceride was 188 mg/dL previously and after the treatment period it was reduced up to 83 mg/dL, which means thus falling within the normal range. His pre-test high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c), which is good cholesterol which takes excessive cholesterol to liver and liver removes it from the body, was 55 mg/dL and on post-test it was 53 mg/dL. Previously, his low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c), which is bad cholesterol, was 158 mg/dL and after the therapies it was reduced up to125 mg/dL. Very low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (VLDL-c) was 37 mg/dL and after the combined therapy, it became 16 mg/dL, well within the normal range. The total ratio showed significant change in the pre- (4.5) and post-(3.7) tests. His lipid profile values got shifted to normal values [Table 4].
Table 4: Values of lipid profile

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Following the treatment plan, his lung capacity was measured with the help of spirometry test. An increased forced expiratory volume (FEV) and FEV1/minute, as well as an increased maximal voluntary ventilation (MVV), amply suggest an increased lung capacity, which can fulfill the requirement of breathing more air during physical activity [Table 5].
Table 5: Values of spirometry test

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Physical parameters such as back, leg, and chest strength test showed an improvement in respective muscle strength. In the pre-test, an average of three trials was 93.33 kg and in the post-test it improved to 112.33 kg [Table 6]. The yogasanas might have enhanced an overall muscular activity related to the chest, back, and leg. Thus, all the aforementioned results show significantly positive changes in the participant’s overall health status.
Table 6: Values of chest, back, leg strength test

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After completing this program, he experienced an overall lightness in body and mind. He was following the same diet after this program and was feeling good with this. He said that this type of program may prove to be beneficial to all.

Investigators feel that follow-up research studies into this area may further reveal greater possibilities in evolving effective “combined therapeutic modules” for different lifestyle disorders for persons of different age groups.


The authors are grateful to the Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute, Lonavla, as well as Mr. Subodh Tiwari, Mrs. Sandhya Dixit, Mr. Neeraj Singh, Mrs. Pratibha Rajbhoj, Mr. Banwarilal, all the therapists, and all the direct and indirect contributors who have helped to complete this study.

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

  References Top

Ghiya S Alternate nostril breathing: A systematic review of clinical trials. Int J Res Med Sci 2017;5:3273-86.  Back to cited text no. 1
Bairy S, Rao MR, Edla SR, Manthena SR, Tatavarti NVGD Effect of an integrated naturopathy and yoga program on long-term glycemic control in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients: A prospective cohort study. Int J Yoga 2020;13:42-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
Roshi A, Ashraf BR, Gupta BM Effect of yoga on hypertension. J Adv Med Dent Sci Res 2019;7:74-7.  Back to cited text no. 3
Gadham J, Sajja S, Rooha V Effect of yoga on obesity, hypertension and lipid profile. Int J Res Med Sci 2015;3:1061-5.  Back to cited text no. 4
Shetty GB, Mooventhan A Effect of naturopathy and yogic intervention, over 6 years on weight management in a patient with obesity. J Obes Metab Res 2015;2:114.  Back to cited text no. 5
Mukerjee A Management of diabetes, obesity, and gastric disorders using the “integrated approach” at health total: A case study. Management 2018;11:1-3.  Back to cited text no. 6


  [Table 1], [Table 2], [Table 3], [Table 4], [Table 5], [Table 6]


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