Further Areas of Application
Mindfulness-based therapeutic approaches, of which yoga is one, are widely accepted among the population. Although their effectiveness in many mental disorders, as well as health impairments and illnesses, has been confirmed in many studies, their acceptance among practitioners of (conventional) medicine requires further improvement—for many doctors, such approaches are associated with esoteric or non-serious overtones. It is therefore all the more gratifying that the authors took up the baton and showed the effectiveness of yoga—at least as an add-on treatment—for mental disorders (1).
In addition to the mental disorders that were mentioned in the article, we wish to point out that the effectiveness of yoga in the setting of addiction disorders (2) and chronic non-tumor pain (3) has also been shown; this widens the scope for valuable therapeutic options in the treatment of pain, somatoform disorders, and misuse of opioid analgesics (dealt with in detail in ).
Dr. med. Dirk K. Wolter
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|2.||Beiglböck W: Wirkfaktoren achtsamkeitsbasierter Suchttherapie. Suchttherapie 2015; 16: 59–68 CrossRef|
|3.||Veehof MM, Trompetter HR, Bohlmeijer ET, Schreurs KM: Acceptance- and mindfulness-based interventions for the treatment of chronic pain: a meta-analytic review. Cogn Behav Ther 2016; 45: 5–31 CrossRef MEDLINE|
|4.||Wolter DK: Schmerzen und Schmerzmittelabhängigkeit im Alter – die gerontopsychiatrische Perspektive. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 2016.|