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Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2022, Volume: 15, Issue: 9, Pages: 364-370

Review Article

Yoga and Rasayana for Mental Health in Age-related Cognitive Decline - A Controlled Trial

Received Date:12 January 2021, Accepted Date:28 January 2022, Published Date:05 March 2022


Background: Age-related cognitive impairment has a negative impact on mental health in the elderly. Ayurveda Rasayana and yoga positively impact cognition and mental health among the elderly. Aims: Present study evaluated the efficacy of Ayurveda Medhya Rasayana (AMR) and Integrated Yoga (IY) on mental health in elderly individuals who had mild cognitive impairment. Materials and Methods: This is a three arms-matched control trial. The study involved 72 elderly subjects who had a mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Of these, 25 received IY, 23 received AMR and, 24 persons received combined (IY plus AMR) intervention for 8 weeks. Stress, anxiety, depression, quality of life, and sleep were assessed by using Perceived Stress Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, Geriatric Depression Scale, Quality of Life in the elderly (CASP- 19) and Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index respectively at baseline and after eight weeks. Results: ANOVA shows significant improvement (p<0.05) in quality of life, stress, anxiety, and sleep at eight weeks compared to baseline for all three groups. Depression was significantly improved only in IY plus AMR group. In the between-group comparison, ANCOVA was performed as baseline variable scores were not matched. It shows there was significant difference in groups for stress F (2, 69) = 6.439(p<0.003), anxiety F (2, 69) = 7.581 (p<0.001) and sleep Quality (2, 69) = 4.0449 (p<0.022). Bonferroni post hoc test shows IY plus AMR significantly better than AMR intervention in improving stress, anxiety, and sleep. Conclusion: Combined Ayurveda Medhya Rasayana and Integrated Yoga intervention are better to improve stress, anxiety, and sleep among elderly having mild cognitive impairment than individual treatment. However, further studies are warranted.

Keywords: Yoga; Traditional Herbal medicine; Medhya Rasayana; mental health; Brahmi; geriatric care


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