CHRONIC MYELOID LEUKEMIA
CML is a form of cancer affecting the white blood cells. Bone marrow contains mother cells for Red blood cells, White blood cells as well as the platelets. The mother cells go on producing new cells which mature to become functional as defense cells and enter the blood. They are programmed to die away with in 8 to 10 days. This programmed healthy cell death is called apoptosis. Some cells may escape this apoptosis and end up as immortal cells that go on multiplying uncontrolled. If this happen in the type of white blood cells called leukocytes then the condition is called CML.
Persons with CML may present with tiredness, general weakness, weight loss and lack of appetite. They have lump in abdomen due to enlargement of liver and spleen which are studded with large number of these abnormal cells. Although the cause of this condition is unknown, stressful lifestyle is considered as one of the risk factors that may trigger some of the dormant genes in this group of cells to become functional that makes them immortal.
Psychosocial stress can trigger different degrees of emotional responses. These long standing suppressed emotions of frustration, depression, anger etc., are known to have causative relationship in patients with cancer in different parts of the body. Yoga addresses these issues and brings about a clear calm and unagitated state of mind. Sage vasistha defines yoga as “Manah Prashamana Upayah” – which means it is a technique to obtain complete mastery over the modifications of the mind through the trick of slowing down the rate of flow of thoughts in the mind. By using several subtle techniques of breathing, pranayama, meditation on sound resonance, imagery and yogic counseling to make the mind fearless, one prepares the mind to become a very powerful self corrective instrument. Once the mind becomes pure, free from negative emotions of depression, anxiety, frustration, it unfolds its own dormant potential. This mind has to be now focused on to the area of disease (Dharana). The Intensely focused mind is almost like a laser beam that can penetrate into the molecular level of the cells. With a strong deep resolve “My white blood cells are healthy” the patient penetrates into the disturbed program to reset the normal apoptosis program. At this point of intense Dharana the person loses his individuality to become one with the concept of the resolve. It is at this state of mind wherein the focusing (Dharana), defocusing (effortlessness of Dharana) and merges (Samadhi) happen at the same time (Trayam Ekatra Samyamah), that the internal connections become possible. Thus yoga takes one through the journey of doing physical and breathing practices to calm down the agitations of mind and makes the mind capable of curing the cancerous disease of CML.
Starting position: Standing
- Stand with the legs together and concentrate on the balance of the body.
- Inhaling raise the left arm to the front and bend the upper body forward from the hips. At the same time bend the right leg backwards and take hold of the toes of the right foot with the right hand, continue raising the right leg.
- Remain in this position holding the breath.
- Exhaling return to starting position.
- Repeat the exercise with the other leg.
Balance the nervous system and improves the ability to concentrate. Stretches and opens the muscles of the chest and hips. Also develops the sense of balance and aids in leg and foot stability.
The word sclera means hardening and derma means skin. Since this condition is characterized by slowly increasing hardening and scarring of the skin it gets this name. Although not a common condition in Indians. It could lead to many worrying complaints disabling the person for many years with no permanent cure available in modern medicine.
The condition usually begins with abnormally high sensitivity of hands and feet to cold .Over the next few years it progresses on to hardening of the skin of the hands and feet. They also develop difficulty in swallowing, weight loss, breathing difficulty and dryness of eyes..
The cause of sceroderma is not known. There is a genetic tendency which predisposes one to develop the symptoms when exposed to external environmental toxins such as silica dust, some plastic materials, Rapseed oil etc .Stress which is an internal factor can also aggravate the symptoms.
Yoga is known to be very useful in many autoimmune disorders because of its positive effects onimmune system. A bank employee was admitted at our residential yoga therapy campus prashanthi kutiram with all the symptoms of scleroderma. The symptoms of high sensitivity to cold water with a lot of pain reduced with the practice of suryanuloma viloma, kapalabhati and deep relaxation technique within about two weeks. She was free from the severe disabling aain she was getting. After the practices of integrated approach of yoga therapy with understanding of the role of mind in making her life happy and easy ,regular asana, pranayama and meditation she is now free from all symptoms and all medication and is back to her duties. After a year she was able to discontinue all her medicines. It is understood that yoga provides the stability to tolerate environmental changes through several of the cleansing techniques. Shita ushna sukha duhkheshu samah is the definition of yoga according to Bhagavad-Gita.
The Recommended Practices in Scleroderma are Ardhakati Chakrasana, Ardhacakrasana, Padhastasana, Bhujangasana, Dhanurasana, Trikonasan, Paschimottanasana, Sarvangasana. Sarvangasana, Vajrasana, Sukhasana, Suryanuloma Viloma Pranayama, Nadisuddhi Pranayama, Bhramari Pranayama. Meditation.
ARDHA UTTHANA KATI ASANA – Twist in Knee Stand
Starting position: Sit in Vajrasana
- While Inhaling come up onto the knees. Exhaling step the right foot forward, so the calf is vertical. Place both hands on the right knee.
- Breathing normally balances the body. Inhaling straighten the arms out to the side at shoulder height.
- Exhaling twist the upper body slowly to the right, place the left hand on the right knee and the right hand on the left heel. Look over the right shoulder and feel the twist along the spine.
- Inhaling bring the body upright and straighten arms to the side. Exhaling lower the arms and return to the starting position.
- Concentrate on the muscles at the front of the body and be aware of the movement of breath.
Note : This asana should not be practiced if it creates pain in the back