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The Veteran's Administration estimates that between 11 and 20 percent of all veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the American Psychology Association says that PTSD affects 7.7 million people in the U.S.
A study recently published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that in women suffering from PTSD, practicing yoga resulted in a marked decreased in reexperiencing and hyperarousal symptoms associated with PTSD.
"Yoga may downregulate the stress response, and positively impact PTSD and comorbid depression and anxiety symptoms," explained the researchers in their conclusions. They believe that yoga may be an effective complementary treatment for PTSD algonside traditional counseling.
The study focused on 38 women who showed full or subthreshold PTSD symptoms. Traumatic "trigger" events ranged from childhood physical abuse to the unexpected death of a loved one.
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