Antidepressants is not effective in more than half the people who suffer from severe or chronic depression.
But there is a yoga technique that seems to do what the drugs can not do. This is the result of a new study.
There is a breathing technique that can restore many depression symptoms, such as a negative mood, low energy, and suicidal thoughts. This technique is called Sudarshan Kriya.
It is an important discovery, according to researchers from the University of Pennsylvania, more than half of the 41 million Americans are taking antidepressants but did not benefit from those drugs.
The technique exchange you off slow, quiet breathing to rapid, resulting in a deep, calm, meditative state.
The technique is easy to learn and put into practice, say the scientists.
They tested this form of yoga in a group of 25 people with major depression who have used antidepressants but did not help.
Half of the group learned Sudarshan Kriya Yoga and practiced for two months at home, while the rest simply went on antidepressants.
At the end of the experiment, the yoga group show showed “significantly greater” improvements and halved their scores on the Hamilton depression scale, a measuring instrument for depression.
Subjects who only took drugs saw no improvement in their score.
The research is published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.