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Dr. Priya V. Naik* and Dr. Madhuri A. Pachghare


The aim of this study is to explore the effects of Yogic practices on psychosomatic disorders. Psoriasis, a psychosomatic skin disorder, has a profound potential to create an impact on the patient’s mental wellbeing. A pilot study was done prior only to assess psychological changes in Psoriasis. Skindex-29 scale used, (psychological assessment test) revealed that these patients reported more stress, anxiety and depression symptoms. This implies need of a careful examination of mental state followed by de-stressing Yoga techniques. Thereafter, a thorough literature review on Yoga showed that it has a comprehensive effect on physical, mental and spiritual health. Amongst all yogic practices Bhramari Pranayam and Sakshi Bhava have a peaceful effect on mind. Bhramari Pranayam works on calming the nerves and soothes them especially around the brain and forehead. Sakshi Bhava means becoming a witness to all that arises, giving rise to a feeling of peace and relaxation. These stress relieving practices lowers the levels Cortisol in the body. Excess cortisol in the body suppresses the immune system and increases the inflammatory process, which is seen in the skin of psoriatic patients. It also relieves the patients of symptoms like anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, gradually leading to a feeling of wellbeing. This process could aid to the treatment of Psoriasis and other psychosomatic disorders.

Keywords: Psoriais, Yoga, Bhramari Pranayam, Sakshi Bhavana.

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