Yoga as a complementary therapy for HIV/AIDS

  • Pankaj Patidar Research Scholar, Department of Yoga and Natural Health Science, Shri JJT University, Vidya nagari, Chudela, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India.
  • Pragati Bhutoria Assistant Professor, Department of Yoga and Natural Health Science, Shri JJT University, Vidya nagari, Chudela, Jhunjhunu, Rajasthan, India.
Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Yoga, Yoga therapy, CD4, Asana, Pranayama, Meditation


HIV/AIDS is a global pandemic. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is an infection that targets the immune system. Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the disease’s advanced stage. The first well-documented case of HIV in humans was found in Congo in 1959. During HIV infection, the worst effect is on our body’s immune system due to which the number of CD4+ cells, an important cell in our body, starts decreasing and ultimately this infection takes the form of AIDS. It is possible to avoid this because after this infection, it takes more than 10 years for it to take the form of AIDS. if Yoga therapy is adopted during this period, then the rate of this infection can definitely be reduced. Previous studies showed that Yoga therapy increased the number of vital cells like CD4+. Swami Kuvalayananda introduced Yoga therapy to India in the 1920s. Yoga therapy that involves physical movement or postures, breathing techniques, kriyas and meditation. These practices promote organ system harmony and balance, resulting in improved health and sense of well-being. Various studies have shown that Yoga improved mental health and quality of life of people living with HIV. The study concluded that Yoga therapy can be included as a complementary therapy in the treatment of HIV/AIDS.


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DOI: 10.21760/jaims.9.4.11
Published: 2024-06-15
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Pankaj Patidar, & Pragati Bhutoria. (2024). Yoga as a complementary therapy for HIV/AIDS. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences, 9(4), 73 - 82.
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