Dr. Prathikanti is keenly interested in discovering
which Complementary and Alternative therapies
may show scientific efficacy in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
She and her co-investigators have published an intriguing research study,
Treating Major Depression with Yoga: A Prospective Randomized, Controlled Pilot Trial.
This is the first randomized controlled trial outside of India to examine yoga as a solo therapy in diagnosed major depression. Results show that in adults with mild-to-moderate major depression, participation in an 8-week hatha yoga program is associated with statistically and clinically significant reductions in depression severity.
Click on the links below to view some of the media coverage about this pilot study:
UCSF study suggests yoga eases depression (KTVU News Broadcast)
Is yoga an effective anti-depressant? (Psychology Today)
Major depression symptoms eased by yoga (MD Magazine)
Yoga could help relieve depression (Psychology Today)
To read more about other research projects
at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, you may click here .