Research

The Council is engaged in conducting various activities for research, development, promotion, propagation and publication in Yoga and Naturopathy. Focus of the Council is on research and development to create awareness about the hidden potential of Yoga and Naturopathy in the treatment of various diseases/disease conditions. The schemes of the Council are as under:-

S.No.Year of Completion of the ProjectTitle of the Project Name of the InstitutionObjectives & Achievements
1.2002Rendomized Comparative trial to determine the efficacy of the Yoga therapy on the patients of obesity as compared to the conventional treatmentDr. T.K. Bera, KaivalyaDhama, Lonavla, PuneTo determine the efficacy of Yoga therapy for the residential treatment of Obesity as compared to non-residential treatment. To determine the comparative efficacy of Yoga therapy and that of the conventional diet and exercise treatment on the non-residential patients. To conduct a qualitative assessment of the reaction of the patients undergoing the Yoga therapy (residential and non-residential) and that with the conventional diet and exercise treatment to the whole therapy situation. The study shows that both the Aerobics and Yoga programmes were usefulin controlling overweight and excessive body fat including abnormality in the associated psycho-physio-biochemical and morphological variables. Further Yoga programme was found more effective and appropriate than the aerobics one in treating obesity.
22002Yoga &Biofeed back for the treatment of Irritable Bowel SyndromeDr. K.K. Deepak, Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New DelhiTo study autonomic functions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome patients undergoing Yogic intervention. To study the effect of Yogic intervention on gastric motility as recorded by electrogastrography in Irritable Bowel Syndrome. To compare the effectiveness of Yogic and conventional interventions in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Results indicated that though all interventions benefited IBS patients IBS patients undergoing Yoga-2 intervention benefited more than those patients undergoing conventional intervention. Yoga -2 intervention resulted in increase in parasympathetic activity, reactivity and sympathetic reactivity whereas Yoga – 1 intervention resulted in increase in sympathetic reactivity only.
3.2002To study the effect of Yogic practices on symptomatology and Physiological Parameters in Bronchial AsthmaDr. J.C. Suri, Department of Respiratory Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Safdarjung Hospital, New DelhiTo evaluate the effect of various Yogic practices on – The symptomatology of Asthma (Subjective parameter) Physiological parameters (Objective parameter) It was observed that during the treatment and follow up period, bronchodilator requirement had reduced significantly in all the three groups. There was also an improvement in the perception of dyspnoea, as measured by VAS in all the groups. The study concluded that - Yoga results in subjective improvement in term of symptoms, in patients with bronchial asthma. Yoga serves as a good adjunctive tool in the management of asthma, resulting in control of symptoms with minimum dose of inhaled steroids (600 μg of beclomethasonedipropionate per day).
4.2002Integrated Approach of Yoga Therapy in the Management of CancerDr. H.R. Nagendra, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, BangaloreCan Yoga reduce the side effects in patients undergoing Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Does Yoga bring about a favourable immune modulation in Breast Cancer patients undergoing Radiotherapy and Chemotherapy. Can Yoga improve the quality of life of patients with Breast Cancer undergoing Conventional Treatment. The study concluded that daily practice of IAYT during conventional treatment conferred positive benefits in terms of Decrease in affective states and psychological morbidity Improved coping response. Decreased distress. Reduced side effects/ toxicity of conventional treatment. Improved Quality of life. Reduced immune suppression. Increased natural killer cell counts. Reduced IgA levels. Increased soluble interleukin 2 Receptor levels. Increased pain thresholds. In this study yoga therapy not only conferred physical, functional and psychological benefits to the cancer patients but also bought about desirable immunomodulatory effects, which enhance survival and tumorlysis in these patients.
5.2002Uni-nostril Yoga breathing & Obesity : A study of efficacy and mechanismsMs. Shirley Telles, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, BangaloreTo understand the pathophysiology of obesity. To determine whether specific Yoga breathing practices influence weight gain and their mechanisms of action. The study reveals that in the case of the 4 groups practicing specific Yoga breathing techniques, all 4 groups showed almost comparable decrease in body Weight, mid-arm circumference and waist-hip ratio. However, the SAV group showed a decrease which was marginally higher than that of the others, and which was least in the CAV group.
6.2002To Study the efficacy of Yoga & Naturopathy in the management of withdrawal of drug dependenceDr. KiranBedi, Project Director, Navjyoti- Delhi Police Foundation, SaraiRohilla, DelhiTo study the efficacy of Naturopathy and Yoga as a mode of effective treatment on Drug Dependents. To document and record the management of the withdrawal symptoms (Physical and Psychological) by Yoga and Naturopathic mode of treatment vis-à-vis Allopathic Treatment The study showed that the non-medicative treatment of drug abusers, was more effective in the detoxification as compared to medicateve treatment. It means Yoga, Naturopathy and Counselling are instrumental in the reduction of relapse incidence.
7.2004Coronary artery disease regression through life style changes – vegetarianism, moderate exercise, stress management through Rajyoga meditationDr. R.C. Sawhney, DIPAS, Delhi, Dr. Satish Kumar Gupta, J. Watumull Global Hospital and Research Centre, Mount Abu, Dr. LajpatRai, MDNIY, New Delhi,Defence Institute of Physiology & Allied Sciences (DIPAS), Delhi To study the effect of life style changes such as low fat, high fibre vegetarian diet, moderate aerobic exercise and stress management through Rajyoga meditation on regression/ progression of coronary atherosclerosis and coronary events e.g. myocardial infarction, requirement of angioplasty, bypass surgery etc. The results from the present investigation suggest that the unique user-friendly healthy lifestyle program is feasible, safe and compatible with other treatments in the setting of advanced coronary atherosclerosis with a high degree of compliance. Both the trials support the hypothesis that adoption and maintenance of this unique user-friendly healthy lifestyle program which motivate patients to take up responsibility of their own health can lead to highly significant reduction in coronary atherosclerosis, reduction in hospitalization for cardiac events, requirement of anti-anginal drugs, effective control of symptoms like angina, breathlessness and better control of hypertension, diabetes and improvement in exercise tolerance, metabolic and hormonal profile and overall feeling of well-being, after one year in AHHT and two years in MAOHT.
8.2004Influence of Yoga in immune modulation & outcome of Rheumatoid ArthritisDr. Chandrashekara S., Deptt. of Clinical Immunology, M.S. Ramaiah Medical Teaching Hospital, BangaloreDoes Yoga bring about a favourable immune modulation in patients suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis? Does Yoga & Pranayama reduce the distress and disabilities of Rheumatoid arthritis patients? Does Yoga & Pranayama improve the joint mobility and strength of the affected joints? Can Yoga improve the quality of life of patients suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis? The study shows that Yoga group was able to return to their normal active life style much earlier than controls. Subjects in Yoga group reported more functional efficiency as compared to controls in going about their daily domestic chores. Subjects in intervention were more independent in attending to their daily activities and depended less on their peers. Intervention group reported lower level of security of distress symptoms such as pain, stiffness, swelling, and immobility etc. this reflected in their overall improvement in functional quality of life in intervention group. The final report is awaited.
9.2004The effect of Asanas and Pranayamas on Neurological, Neuromuscular & Cardio-respiratory functions in Healthy Human VolunteersDr. Madan Mohan, Head, Deptt. of Physiology, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, PondicherryTo study the effect of yogasanas and pranayama on neurological, neuromuscular, respiratory and cardiac autonomic functions in healthy human volunteers To determine the mechanism of these physiological effects The study showed that 6 months training in asana, pranayama as well their combination is effective in improving the physiological functions of school children as well as police trainees. Police trainees also showed beneficial effects of Yoga training although they were undergoing intensive police training and the yoga training was relatively less intense.
10.2005Yoga for computer related health problemsMs. Shirley Telles, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation, BangaloreThe present study aims at assessing the use of yoga practice in reducing (i) visual, (ii) musculoskeletal, and (iii) mental stress-related complaints, in persons who use the computer for more than 6 hours per day The present study has demonstrated the usefulness of a 60 minute yogamodule, practiced five days a week for software professionals, with a special emphasis on visual, musculoskeletal, and mental functioning.
11.2007Effect of breathing techniques & meditation on normal individuals & those with cancer in remissionDr. VindodaKochupillai, Instt. Rotary Cancer Hospital, AIIMS, New DelhiTo study the Physiological, Biochemical, Hormonal and immunological differences among regular practitioner of Meditation, Pranayam and Sudarshan Kriya Vs non-practitioners of these techniques. To study the long-term effects of these practices on the pattern of cancer recurrences. Result showed significantly lower levels of blood lactate, and higher level of Super oxide Dismutase, Glutathione and Catalase in practitioners of Sudarshan Kriya & pranayama (SK&P) among healthy male police volunteers. The study also showed siginificant improvement in Natural killer (NK) cells at 12 and 24 weeks of the practice of SK&P compared to baseline. There was no effect on 7 cell subsets after SK&P either in the study group & among controls.
12.2007Effect of Yoga based therapy in insomniaDr. Geetanjali, Deptt. of Pharmacology, Jawaharlal Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education & Research, PondicherryTo establish the efficacy of yoga based therapy (Yoga Nidra) in the treatment of chronic insomniac insomnia. To develop learner resource material on yoga based postures and relaxation techniques to be used as patient education material for those suffering from chronic insomnia. Study showed an increase in sleep period, deep sleep, sleeps efficiency and reported less wake time after sleep and also total wake time following one month of yoga intervention. The study also showed increase in sleep period time, sleeps efficiency and also showed less sleep onset latency following three months of yoga intervention.
13.2007A randomized controlled trial on the efficacy of Yoga in the Management of Bronchial AsthmaDr. K.K. Deepak, Department of Physiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New DelhiPulmonary function tests Selected biochemical and immunological indicators known to be indicators of mast cell activation and the course of the disease Health related quality of life Indices of pulmonary function showed a steady, progressive significant improvement over the 8-wk period of the study in the yoga group, whereas these indices did not show any significant trend from the baseline level in the control group. Therefore adding yoga to the conventional treatment improves pulmonary function which could be a factor in improving physical work capacity. No significant changes observed in serum eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) in either group and no correlations were found in either group with any other pertinent parameters. The high variability in ECP levels suggests the need for much larger number of subjects for arriving at definitive conclusions. There is a significant trend observed in yoga group that 2 wk yogic intervention reduces T-cell activation in patients with mild to moderate asthma by showing decrease in serum sIL2R levels. There is a significant trend suggesting a decrease in broncho-constriction and a similar trend of insignificant reduction in mast cell activation in response to exercise challenge in the yoga group, particularly in the exercise-sensitive patients. Once again, in view of high variability in response, a much larger number of exercise-sensitive subjects are required for definitive conclusions. Yoga improves quality of life and reduces need for medication in bronchial asthma more effectively than conventional treatment alone. Since conventional treatment alone keeps symptoms in check and improves quality of life without improving pulmonary function, its benefit may be considered primarily symptomatic. Addition of yoga to the treatment potentiates the benefits of conventional treatment, and in addition improves pulmonary function. Thus, only yoga brings about a genuine improvement in physical capabilities of the patient. The trial support for the efficacy of yoga in the management of bronchial asthma. However, in spite of preliminary efforts it has failed to throw much light on the mechanism by which yoga works in bronchial asthma.
14.2007Autonomic function tests in epilepsy –Effect of Hatha YogaDr. T.N. Sathyaprabha, Deptt. of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, BangaloreTo collect and prepare normative data using healthy controls as volunteers. To evaluate autonomic functions in chronic epilepsy subjects To study effect of Hatha yoga in patients with epilepsy and autonomic dysfunction. Our study has showed autonomic dysfunction in epilepsy. The yoga group showed significant improvement in parasympathetic parameters and a decrease in seizure frequency scores. There was no improvement in blood pressure parameters in either group. Two patients in the yoga group achieved normal autonomic functions at the end of 10 weeks of therapy, whereas there were no changes in the exercise group. The data suggest that yoga may have a role as an adjuvant therapy in the management of autonomic dysfunction in patients with refractory epilepsy.
15.2007A study of efficacy of Yogic & Naturopathic measures in Psoriasis and EczemaDr. D.S. Lucas, ALN Rao Memorial Ayurvedic Medical College, KOPPA, KarnatakaManagement of psoriasis and eczema with the yogic and naturopathic measures. To establish an effective treatment with the yogic and naturopathic measures. To assess the merits and demerits of the trial naturopathy and yogic measures. To assess the merits and demerits of the control medications. To compare the efficacy of the trial naturopathy and yogic measures with the standard control medications. Detailed study of the disease covering classical and modern literature. Study of the trial naturopathy and yogic measures covering classical literatures. Study showed a significant improvement in itching, scaling, pain and number of lesions following 21 days of Yoga & Naturopathy treatment as well as Ayurvedic treatment.
16.2007The therapeutic effect of Yoga on patients with generalised epileptic seizuresDr. Chandrashekharan, Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, No. 16, Fourth Cross Street, Ramakrishna Nagar, ChennaiEnhance the emotional status, psychological wellbeing and overall quality of life of seizure patients. Study the seizure frequency in relation to practice. Evaluate cognitive functions. Understanding the quality of yoga practice and subjective experiences of the subjects. The yoga intervention for the seizure patients is effective in enhancing physical quality of life and reducing negative emotional states such as Situational Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Frequency and Intensity of Depressive symptoms. The effect is significantly higher when compared to medically managed seizure group. However the differences within the yoga trained group was not very marked. There was a significance reduction in the Seizure Frequency of yoga practicing patients indicating it is safe to practice this type of yoga that the students were trained in. There has been a significant increase in the Physical Quality of life as well as Social Quality of Life of the patients who have undergone yoga training. The same effect was not of life had deteriorated for the control group. The cognitive functions and processes were significantly lower among seizure patients compared to normal subjects and yoga training did not have any impact in enhancing the cognitive functions. Individual differences were observed in specific functions where they showed improvements over the 18 months period. In depth study in these areas is needed.
17.2007Therapeutic effects of Yoga on stress disordersDr. Jayaras, Holistic Medicine and Stress Research Unit, Deptt. of Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, KeralaTo study the effects of somatisation disorders Result showed significant decrease of stress in the patients and improves the quality of life.
18.2007Yogic relaxation in the management of ulcerative colitisDr. K.K. Deepak, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, New DelhiTo study the autonomic and immune functions in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. To study the effect of yogic intervention on autonomic, immunological, clinical, and psychological parameters in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Result showed a significant decrease in State and Trait Anxiety. The result also showed significant decrease in the number of patients with intestinal colic pain (constricting pain) and the arthralgia following two months of Yoga intervention when compared to control group.
19.2008Efficacy of Naturopathy and Yoga modalities in the management of Rh. Arthritis, Osteo-arthritis and GoutDr. RavinderPorwal, ShriNath Naturopathy & Yoga Centre, Kanpur, U.P.To study the effect of Yoga and Naturopathy methods, which are commonly used in the treatment of the above disorders. To compare the effect of Yoga and Naturopathy treatment with that of modern medicine. To analyze the physiological & clinical changes in the above 3 disorders before & after treatment. The above results indicate specific yogic and naturopathic treatments which are highly effective in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism and allied joint disorders which are more or less incurable by modern medical sciences. It can be conclusively said that yogic and naturopathic methods are the best treatments of patients of all kinds of arthritis without any significant side effects.
20.2008Effect of integrated approach of Yoga therapy for metastatic breast cancer patients and study of DNA repair mechanisms relevant to cancerDr. H.R. Nagendra, Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhan Sansthan, Gavipuram Circle, KG Nagar, BangaloreCan Yoga program help in modulating abnormal diurnal salivary cortisol levels in metastatic breast cancer patients? Can yoga increase Natural Killer Cell count in metastatic breast cancer patients? Can Integrated Approach of Yoga therapy program effective in reducing the psychological morbidity in patients with metastatic breast cancer? Can yoga program reduce the treatment related symptoms in cancer patients? Can yoga improve the quality of life in patients with cancer? Study showed significant decrease in anxiety, depression, perceived stress, pain, insomnia, sleep symptom distress, fatigue and significant improvement in role function, emotional function, Global quality of life, sleep pattern, sleep quality and total sleep rating along with significant improvement in Natural Killer Cell% and significant decrease in early morning cortisol level in yoga group compared to control group following 3 months of intervention.
21.2009Development of Traditional Tongue Diagnosis aided by Information Technology for Standardization of Nature Cure Diagnostic MethodsDr. DebasisBakshi, Indian Research Institute for Integrated Medicine, IRIIM Bhavan, Mourigram, Station Para, Post Office Unsani, Distt. Howrah - 711302 West BengalTo develop a computer date-base on Tongue, Face & iris images of healthy individuals of both sexes and age range from 18-60 yrs. & persons of following diseased condition: a) Acidity-Indigestion b) Bronchial Asthma To develop an image classification system to identify healthy or unhealthy subjects on Tongue, Face & Iris images. To evaluate statistically the diagnostic potential of tongue image analysis technique & expert system. Result showed a significant improvement in complaints of acidity and other associated symptoms and also significant change in the tongue feature in both acidity – indigestion group and bronchial asthma group.
22.2009Randomized Control trail (RCT) of reflexology therapy and usual drug treatment in the management of intractable epilepsyDr. (Mrs.) Krishna Dalal, Principal Investigator, Deptt. of Biophysics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110029To conduct a randomized clinical trial for determining the efficacy of hand – and foot – reflexology in the management of patients suffering from intractable epilepsy. Subjective assessment by the patients showed considerable improvement in the quality of life of most of the patients in the study arm. The abnormal reflex areas leading to diagnosing the abnormal function of the internal organ system also got improved with statistically significant value. It is also observed that the patients who responded 100% with reflexology intervention is having better absorption of drug.
23.2009Assessment of the efficacy of Vipassana Meditation on different age groups: A polysomnographic and endocrine function evaluationDr. Bindu M. Kutty, Principal Investigator, Deptt. of Neurophysiology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore – 560029Polysomnographic Assessment of sleep architechture and EEG power spectra. Assessment of Hormonal profiles in the serum. Assessment of Heart Rate Variability during different stages of sleep Vipassana meditators showed enhanced slow wave sleep and rapid eye movement sleep states with an enhanced number of sleep cycles across all age groups. When compared to meditators, the control groups exhibited pronounced age-associated decrease in slow wave sleep states. Our study suggests that Vipassana meditation helps to establish a proper sleep structure in old age, probably through its capacity to induce neuronal plasticity events leading to stronger network synchronization and cortical synaptic strengthening.
24.2010Efficacy of Yogic intervention for the management of migraine – a randomized controlled trialDr. B. T. Chidananda Murthy,The present study was designed to evaluate the effects of "Integrated yoga program" with "control" intervention on: (i) Psychological morbidity such as state and trait anxiety using self reported scales (ii) Migraine related symptom reporting. (iii) Total Quality of life.(v) Endocrine responses such as salivary cortisol among subjects suffering from Migraine. Study results showed significant decreases in anxiety, pain, interference of pain on quality of life and salivary cortisol in the yoga group compared to controls. The study demonstrated a significant reduction in migraine headache pain, frequency, intensity and associated clinical features along with reducing salivary cortisol level in patients treated with yoga compared to controls.
25.2012An exploratory analysis of genetic correlates and effects of Yoga on circadian rhythms, cognitive functions and social burden in major mental disorders: schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression and their comparison with a cardiac groupDr. Smita N. Deshpande, Deptt. of Psychiatry,. Dr. R.M.L. Hospital, New DelhiEvaluate the impact of yoga training on selected cognitive and circadian variables in a comparison population, as well as individuals with selected disorders. Evaluate relationship between familial, genetic and clinical factors on the yoga-induced response among sufferers. Evaluate impact of the yoga training on care givers of the mentally ill subjects. Assess and evaluate the morbid risk of medical and psychiatric illness among the sufferers of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder. For comparison, we will investigate individuals with cardiovascular disorders undergoing outpatient treatment. Participants- both mental illness and stable cardiac- showed many beneficial effects of yoga, in psychopathology as well as in various aspects of cognition. Quality of life also improved, but burden on family (possibly due to bringing the patient every day for yoga training) increased. Some specific genes were found to be associated with improvement in cognition after Yoga Relative risk of mental illnesses in first and second degree relatives of patients was found to be on the lower side.
26.2010A Study to assess acute mental stress induced changes in EEG, Cognitive behavior and Neurosteroids across the menstrual cycle and effect of meditation on stress induced changesDr. Ratna Sharma, Department of Physiology, AIIMS, New DelhiTo use EEG activity as a tool to assess the adverse effects of acute stress on neural function in young adult subjects and explore the possibility of using the same as a physiological marker of stress. To study the effect of meditation on acute stress induced changes in EEG. To specifically study the following changes in EEG during acute stress and meditation: i. Individual Alpha frequency ii. Lower Alpha1 and 2 band power iii. Upper Alpha band power iv. Theta band power To study the sensitivity of female subjects to acute stress during various phases of menstrual cycle using above parameters. To study the effects of acute stress on cognitive functions during various phases of menstrual cycle. To study the effect of meditation on the effects of acute stress on cognitive function during various phases of menstrual cycle. To correlate the levels of neurosteroids with the changes in cognitive functions and the resulting influence on EEG during various phases of menstrual cycle. Acute stress after meditation resulted in same effects as stress before meditation in males. Attention declined in both the phases in females. Alertness, semantic memory, motor behaviour and binding were better in follicular phase and episodic memory scored better in luteal phase. Meditation resulted in relaxation effect on physiological parameters (decrease in GSR), better attention and alertness in male subjects. In female subjects no significant change in HR and GSR was observed. Episodic memory, attention and alertness improved in follicular phase whereas.
27.2010A Randomized Controlled Trail of Yoga to manage the adverse stress reactions at work in health professionalsDr. ManvirBhatia, Department of Neurology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New DelhiTo find the effectiveness of yoga as an intervention modality for the management of burnout in health professionals. The study showed better improvement in terms of management of burnout and reduced the further deterioration in yoga group comparative to control group as assessed by Maslach Burnout Inventary (MBI). Human energy field analysis showed positive effect in Yoga group. However, the project is completed recently and the final report is under examination.
28.2012A study of efficacy of Yogic and Naturopathic Measures in Varicose VeinsDr. Sanjay K.S., Principal ALN Rao Memorial Ayurvedic Medical College, Koppa-577 126, Chikmagalur Dist., KarnatakaManagement of varicose veins with Naturopathy and Yogic measures. To assess the merits and demerits of the trial measures. Study showed a significant improvement in pain, swelling, discoloration, itching, weight reduction, and increase in Hb%, reduction in anxiety and depression in the naturopathy & Yoga group than the ayurvedic group. Yogic and Naturopathic treatment has provided better relief in maximum signs and symptoms of the patients of varicose veins in comparison to ayurvedic treatment.. However, the project is completed recently and the final report is under examination.
29.2012Randomized Control Trial to evaluate the effectiveness of cold and hot immersion baths on impaired glucose tolerance in pre-diabetesDr. RaghavendraRao, Consultant Nature Cure, Yoga, Acupuncture & Physiotherapy Hospital, Nisarga Trust (R), NadigGalli, Sirsi-581 401 (N.K.), KarnatakaThe key goal of this research proposal is to assess the feasibility of studying the effects of hydrotherapy applications to prevent development of diabetes in persons with impaired glucose tolerance (or pre diabetes) and to collect preliminary data on the efficacy of the intervention. The key outcome in the pilot study will be changes in glucose tolerance following hydrotherapy treatments (hot tub bath or cold tub bath) with only diet control. Study results showed that the thermal therapy using hot immersion baths are useful in reducing blood glucose levels, body weight, normalising the lipid profile, increasing serum adiponectin and reducing insulin resistance in subjects with pre diabetes. However, the project is completed recently and the final report is under examination.
30.2012Effect of Yogic Practices on Serum Lipid Profile & Insulin Resistance in Obese subjectsDr. SunitaTiwari, HoD Deptt. of Physiology, King George Medical University, LucknowTo study and compare the effects of yogic practices and exercise on plasma glucose and insulin status in obese subjects. To study and compare the effects of yogic practices and exercise on plasma lipid profile (Total Cholesterol, HDL/LDL, VLDL and Triglyceride in obese subjects. Study showed a significant decrease in anthropometric variables (weight, BMI, WC, HC and WHR), biochemical parameters (TC, TC/HDL, TG, VLDL, LDL, Insulin, FPG and Homa index) in all four groups. The decrease was more in Yoga groups compared to Aerobic group. However, the project is completed recently and the final report is under examination. A research paper titled "Effect of yoga in the management of risk factors associated with obesity: A pilot study" has also been published in Indian Streams Research Journal.
31.2012Naturopathy and Yoga Intervention for post-stroke Rehabilitation & Quality of Life Improvement-a controlled studyDr. Agni Singh, CMO Yoga and Nature Cure Home, Khundrakpam Awang Leikai, Pangei-795114, Imphal East, ManipurTo determine or evaluate the evidence for Naturopathy and Yogic techniques intervention aimed to improve the functional ability outcome after stroke and improve their overall quality of living, independency in their activities of daily living and prevent further chances of hemorrhages leading to severe disability and death. To evaluate the difference between the home stay rehabilitation and hospitalized in Naturopathy & Yogic way of intense rehabilitation in Naturopathy and Yoga Hospital. Study showed a significant improvement in motor power of major muscle groups. Thus it may be concluded that in the management of stroke, early intense rehabilitation at Yoga and Naturopathy hospital helps in improving not only the higher functions, the muscle power, grip strength, stroke severity, amplitude of active movement etc but also the metabolic risk factors than home rehabilitation. However, the project is completed recently and the final report is under examination.
32.2012Comparison of Cardiovascular autonomic functions in two groups of myocardial infarction patients (age 30-55 years): A randomized trial involving 2 groups of patients (1) on pharmacotherapy alone (2) on Yoga & life style intervention therapy & pharmacotherapyDr. Jagdish Prasad, Medical Superintendent Deptt. of Physiology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New DelhiTo have an objective assessment of cardiac risk by measuring cardiovascular autonomic functions after life style interventions & drug therapy protocol post acute MI. To make a subjective assessment of the feeling of well being experienced by a subject post acute MI after either undergoing lifestyle interventions or undergoing a drug therapy regimen. Study showed a significant improvement in HRV component (RMSSD and pNN50%) indicating a better vagal tone in yoga group. Significant improvement in parasympathetic reactivity and significant decrease in sympathetic reactivity in yoga group. There was a significant decrease in triglyceride level in yoga group following intervention whereas control group showed a significant increase in cholesterol level. The study also showed a significant increase in total positive scores and significant decrease in negative scores in yoga group compared to control group in subjective well being. However, the project is completed recently and the final report is under examination.

Clinical Research

The Council provides 100% financial assistance to the premier Medical and Yoga & Naturopathy institutes for conducting collaborative clinical research projects to establish efficacy of Yoga and Naturopathy in prevention and treatment of various diseases. At present there are 13 ongoing Clinical Research Projects. The details are under:-

LocationS. No.Name & Address of the InstituteTitle of the ProjectPrincipal Investigator
ANDHRA PRADESH1.Add Life-PRAKRUTI, Indo American Cancer Institute & Research Centre, HyderabadEfficacy of Naturopathy & Yoga therapy as an adjuvant in the management of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma [NHL]Dr. Kalpana R.
DELHI2.Deptt. of Physiology, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New DelhiComparison of Cardiovascular autonomic functions in two groups of myocardial infarction patients (age 30-55 years): A randomized trial involving 2 groups of patients (1) on pharmacotherapy alone (2) on Yoga & life style intervention therapy & pharmacotherapyDr. Jagdish Prasad
DELHI3.Deptt. of Physiology, U.C.M.S., G.T.B. Hospital, Dilshad Garden, DelhiThe effect of Yoga Therapy on Coagulation Profile, Lipid profiles, Lung Diffusion capacity and Quality of Life in Patients with Coronary Artery DiseaseDr. Savita Singh
KARNATAKA4.ALN Rao Memorial Ayurvedic Medical College, Koppa, KarnatakaA study of efficacy of Yogic and Naturopathy measures in Varicose VeinsDr. Sanjaya K.S.
KARNATAKA5.Nisarga Nature Cure, Yoga, Physiotherapy and Acupuncture Hospital, Nadiggalli, Sirsi, KarnatakaRandomized Control Trial to evaluate the effectiveness of cold and hot Immersion baths on impaired glucose tolerance in pre-diabetesDr.Raghavendra Rao M.
KARNATAKA6.Department of Neurophysiology, NIMHANS, Bangalore-560 029Effect of Yoga & Hydriatic application on migraine-A Clinical, Electrophysiological and Immunological studyDr. T.N.Sathyaprabha
KARNATAKA7.Swami vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bengaluru.The effect of Yoga in prevention of pregnancy Complications in High Risk Pregnancies.Dr. Nagarathna R.
KARNATAKA8.Snehakunja Trust, Vivekananda Arogyadhama, Kasarkod, Honnavar, North Kennada, KarnatakaComparison of effects of two Yoga interventions versus Exercise therapy in the Management of mechanical Low Back PainDr.Venkatramana Hegde
KARNATAKA9.INYS Medical Research Society, BangaloreEfficacy of Mustard pack on knees in OsteoarthritisDr. Babina
UTTARAKHAND10.Yog Research Department, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar-249 402Effect of Yoga on Physical, Cognitive and Emotional Development in ChildrenDr. Shirley Telles
UTTARAKHAND11.Yog Research Department, Patanjali Yogpeeth, Haridwar-249 402Effect of a Yoga Program on Anthropometric and Biochemical Measures in Obese PersonsDr. Shirley Telles
UTTAR PRADESH12.CSM Medical University, LucknowEffect of Yogic Practices on Serum Lipid Profile & Insulin Resistance in Obese subjectsDr. Sunita Tiwar
MANIPUR13.Yoga and Nature Cure Home, Khundrakpam Awang Leikai, Pangei-795114, Imphal East, ManipurNaturopathy and Yoga Intervention for post-stroke Rehabilitation & Quality of Life Improvement-a controlled studyDr. Agni Singh

Fellowship for Ph.D Scholars

LocationS. No.Name & AddressTopic of Ph.d.Status
DELHI1.Sh. D. Elanchezhiyan, AIIMS, New DelhiRandomized Clinical Trial (RCT) on determining the efficacy of reflexology and usual drug treatment in the management of West Syndrome (Infantile)Project is completed. Final report is awaited.
DELHI2.Dr. V. Bharathi Maran, AIIMS, New DelhiEvaluation of reflexology as an adjunctive therapy in the management of children with spastic cerebral palsyProject is completed. Final report is awaited.
CHHATTISGARH3.Ms. Diksha Thakur Pt. Sunderlal Sharma (Mukta) Vishwavidyalaya, Madhya PradeshTratak Kriya ka Buddhi evam Smriti per prabhavProject is completed. Final report is submitted to the Council.
KARNATAKA4.Dr. Naveen G.H., Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, BangaluruA comparative trial of combined Yoga and antidepressant therapy in depression- Neuroplastic correlatesFinal report is submitted to the Council.
UTTAR PRADESH5.Smt. Rajni Porwal, Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Vishwavidyalaya, Kanpur, U.P.Navsakshron me arthritis ki samasya ke nivaran me Yog evam Prakritik Chikitsa ki arogyakari bhumika ka adhyayanFinal report is awaited.
WEST BENGAL6.Sh. Sridip Chatterjee, Dept. of Physical Education, Vinay Bhawana Visva BharatiA Study on Psycho - Neuro - Endocrino - Immunological Mechanism of Delayed Aging through Yogic practice.Project completed. Final report is submitted to the Council. Completed Research Projects Ongoing Research Projects