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Physiological and behavioural responses

Physiological and Behavioral Responses of Human Subjects following Japa, Yagya and Selected Yogic exercises

abstract

This study investigated the impact of Japa, Yagya, Nadishodhan Pranayama and Shavasana on diagnostic physiological, haematological, biochemical and psychological parameters of human subjects in order to find out possible remedial and preventive applications against certain diseases and psychosomatic disorders. 480 male Subjects recruited from the regular visiting devotees to Shantikunj Haridwar. Four experimental groups were made of 120 subjects (20 to 40 years of age) in each through randomization and randomly assigned and subjected to corresponding Japa, Yagya, Pranayama and Shavasana activities for the period of one month. Data was ansylesd by using student t-test. Clinicaly significant effect was found in various parameters at .01 levels implies that Japa, Yagya, Nadishodhan Pranayama and Shavasana can be very effective as preventive tools against certain diseases.

This study investigated the impact of Japa, Yagya, Nadishodhan Pranayama and Shavasana on diagnostic physiological, haematological, biochemical and psychological parameters of human subjects in order to find out possible remedial and preventive applications against certain diseases and psychosomatic disorders. This work was carried out mainly in the Brahamvarchas Shodh Sansthan (BSS) Shantikunj, Haridwar. 480 male Subjects those having generally good health were selected from among the trainees of the one month “Sadhana Satras”, conducted regularly at Shantikunj, Hardwar and randomly distributed in almost equal proportions to the four experimental groups namely Japa group, Nadishodhan Pranayama (NSP) group, Shavasana group and the Yagya group.Throughout the period of their one-month stay at Shantikunj, the subjects in each group were subjected to the corresponding experimental aspect under observation of an experienced teacher from Braham Varchas Shodh Sansthan. Under physical parameters height and weight, under physiological parameters pulse rate, respiration rate, blood pressure, electrocardiogram and alpha EEG of the subject’s recorded. Under haematological parameters haemoglobin, TLC, DLC and ESR were recorded. Similarly under biochemical parameters blood sugar (random), S. Cholesterol, Creatinine and Total Billirubin and Serum Globule of Oxaloacetate (SGOT) were recorded. Under psychological parameters anxiety, depression, stress, fatigue, regression, arousal, guilt and frustration were recorded.

Pre-Post test research design was used in this study. Two-tailed t-test was applied to each group to test the significance of the differnce between the Pre (before the experiment) and Post (after 28 to 30 days of experiments) readings on different parameters. In Japa group pulse rate significantly decreased (p < .05), DLC-monocyte % significantly increased (p < .05), significant improvement was observed in FVC (p < .05), frequency of alpha waves significantly increased (p < .05). Anxiety, depression, fatigue, guilt, and regression significantly decreased while level of arousal, extroversion significantly increased (p < .05). In NSP group respiration rate, ESR level, DLC (eosinophill %), and blood glucose level, Stress level significantly decreased (p < .05) while forced vital capacity (FVC) and extraversion significantly increased (p < .05). In Yagya group Dystolic blood pressure, Systolic blood pressure, blood glucose level, significantly decreased (p < .05 ) while frequency of alpha waves significantly increased (p < .05 ). In Shavasana group like yagya group a statistically significant reduction was found in Dystolic and Systolic blood pressure apart from it ESR level, b lood glucose level, anxiety level, gulit and stress level were significantly reduced (p < .05 ), while a significant increase was found in the frequency of alpha waves (EEG, p < .05 ).

The results of impact on diagnostic physical parameters give a definite and evidential basis for experiments on Yagay, Savasana and NSP for longer duration towards therapeutic applications in specific Psychosomatic, Chest related and Cardiac diseases where the decrease in Pulse rate and Respiration rate is an important clinical measure. Our findings indicate that Shavasana and also NSP may have good effect in reducing the inflammation and infection inside the body system (hence a decrease in elevated ESR) in case of Viral Attacks, Internal Injury and Arthritis etc. However, this would need to be examined by especially designed clinical trials. Clinically as well as statistically significant trends of positive effects on Blood Sugar levels are notable in the Shavasana and Yagya groups. These results support the claims of Yoga and Yagyopathy researchers in effective treatment of Diabetes and offer promising hopes to counter the rising rate and complexity of this disease, which is posing new challenges before the medical scientists.

For the study on pulmonary function parameters, the clinically significant positive effect in three of the experimental groups – namely, Japa, NSP and Yagya is more prominent. These indicate a good possibility of improvement in the lung functions an hence in general health and also of curing Pulmonary Ailments by these methods. Practice of all the three, while also using specific medicinal herbs in the Yagya could be an excellent, natural remedy against Tuberclosis, which is a dreaded infectious disease growing silently but alarmingly across the globe.

Noting the fact that increased amplitude implies high Alpha activity and hence a rather relaxed state of the brain, our results show notable positive effect of Japa, Shavasana and Yagya. While the first two involve some kind of meditation and are therefore expected to induce soothing effects on the brain, the most prominent positive impact of the Yagya gives new and important direction for applications of yagyopathy. The applications of such methods derived from the Vaidic Sciences thus appear to be promising in providing the much-awaited natural modes of prevention and cure of Neurological Diseases and Disorders.

In view of the rising psychosomatic and psychological problems – especially with respect to the eight factors studied here, namely, Anxiety, Arousal, Extraversion, Depression, Fatigue, Gulit, Regression and Stress our results make significant contribution to the ongoing search across the globe on effective natural healing methods based on Shavasana and NSP. It would also be important to research in future projects to see the effects of these yogic exercises and yagya and japa (with meditation) on the emotional quotients and suitable measures of spiritual strength.

 

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