Can yoga reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression?
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Q. Can yoga reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression? A. Yes, yoga can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression (strength of recommendation [SOR]: B, systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials [RCTs] with significant heterogeneity). Across multiple RCTs using varied yoga interventions and diverse study populations, yoga typically improves overall symptom scores for anxiety and depression by about 40%, both by itself and as an adjunctive treatment. It produces no reported harmful side effects.
Journal of Family Practice, 63(7) 2014: 398-399, 407.