Amelioration of mild and moderate depression through Pranic Healing as adjuvant therapy

Amelioration of mild and moderate depression through Pranic Healing as adjuvant therapy

Amelioration of mild and moderate depression through Pranic Healing as adjuvant therapy: randomised double-blind controlled trial R Rajagopal Associate Professor, Psychiatry Department, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysuru, India Srikanth N Jois Research Head, World Pranic Healing Foundation, India-Research Centre, Mysuru, India Sumanth Mallikarjuna Majgi Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine.

Amelioration of mild and moderate depression through Pranic Healing as adjuvant therapy: randomised double-blind controlled trial R Rajagopal Associate Professor, Psychiatry Department, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysuru, India Srikanth N Jois Research Head, World Pranic Healing Foundation, India-Research Centre, Mysuru, India Sumanth Mallikarjuna Majgi Assistant Professor Department of Community Medicine, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysuru, India MN Anil Kumar Assistant Professor, Psychiatry Department, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysuru, India HB Shashidhar Professor, Pathology Department, Mysore Medical College & Research Institute, Mysuru, India Abstract Objectives:

Depression is a mental disorder, affecting the quality of life. Our study explores the efficacy of Pranic Healing (PH), as an adjuvant therapy in treating depression Methods: In this randomised double-blind controlled trial, 52 participants with a mean age of 34.4 years, with mild to moderate depression were assessed using the Hamilton Depression Rating (HAM-D) scale during the 5-week study. Both Medication + PH (MedPH) and Medication + Mock PH (MedMockPH) groups comprising 26 members received Pranic and mock healing lasting 20 minutes per session respectively once a week for 4 weeks, along with the antidepressant drug. Results: The average decrease in HAM-D score in MedPH was median 11 (Interquartile Range (IQR) 7–12) and was significantly higher compared with the MedMockPH group median 6.5 (IQR 3–9). At pre-assessment, both groups had 8 cases of mild and 18 cases of moderate depression. At post-assessment, HAM-D showed that the improvement in depression category was seen in 69.2% of participants in the MedMockPH group and 100% in MedPH group. Conclusions: These results give first the evidence that PH can aid as an adjuvant therapy for depressed people. Keywords: depression, Prana, complementary therapy, quality of life.

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