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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 134-135
Author's reply

Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

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Date of Web Publication14-Jun-2013

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Gangadhar BN, Varambally S. Author's reply. Int J Yoga 2013;6:134-5

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The author has made some relevant points in the letter. The mechanisms of action of yoga-based therapies in Schizophrenia need more investigation. [1],[2] The elevation of oxytocin levels in patients after yoga was suggested only as one of the possible contributors to improvement in emotion recognition in these patients. Alterations in neurotransmitters, hormonal levels, and even changes in some brain areas have been demonstrated with different interventions in patients with schizophrenia; however, consistency and reproducibility are still lacking. The efficacy of yoga-based therapy in different groups of patients with schizophrenia would definitely depend on factors such as severity and stage of illness, symptom profile, the yoga module used, and treatment adherence, among others. The findings from our studies seem to suggest that yoga-based therapies may have a better impact on negative and cognitive symptoms rather than positive symptoms. Selection of patients with such symptom profile for yoga intervention may be cost-effective and pragmatic.

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1.Bangalore NG, Varambally S. Yoga therapy for Schizophrenia. Int J Yoga 2012;5:85-91.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Wiwanitkit S, Wiwanitkit V. Yoga therapy and schizophrenia. Int J Yoga 2013;6:141.  Back to cited text no. 2
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