Sharath Kote GS1, Saraswathi K Hegde2, Bharathi Anjanappa3*
1Department of Medical Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Cyte Care Hospital, India
2Research Department, Unnathi Yogic Healing- A Biofield therapy, India
3Department: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ESIC MC PGIMSR, IndiaFulltext PDF
Introduction: In 2020, the global impact of COVID induced stress and panic, leading to increased visits to the OPD with exacerbated GI symptoms, revealed a significant portion (60-80%) attributed to COVID-related fear and stress. The profound effect of the pandemic on mental well-being, often referred to as Corona-phobia, has been inadequately addressed in literature, with sparse research on its psychological symptoms and impact on individuals, including those with underlying psychosis. This case series highlights the role of Yogic healing, a no-touch, drugless therapy based on the Panchakosha concept, in addressing the mental and emotional aspects contributing to GI symptoms, emphasizing the importance of holistic interventions for rapid recovery and improved quality of life.
Case presentation: Six individuals presented in the outpatient department (OPD) with gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms associated with anxiety and phobia. These GI complaints were found to worsen during the COVID era, highlighting the significant contribution of mental and emotional factors to somatic symptoms. The patients received comprehensive care, including proton pump inhibitors, anxiolytics, and Yogic healing-a biofield therapy. In our clinical experience, these individuals demonstrated remarkable and enduring improvement compared to other patients. Despite the availability of various support options, there are still gaps in our system in addressing the unmet needs required for facilitating accelerated recovery.
Conclusion: In essence, this case series underscores the vital role of incorporating complementary therapies, especially in conditions linked to the gut-brain axis like Functional Gastrointestinal diseases. It highlights the need for a comprehensive approach to address distinct psychological morbidity independently, with allopathic doctors actively endorsing Biofield therapy, Yogic healing, and counselling-a testament to a commitment to holistic healthcare. Recognizing Yogic healing as a biofield therapy in both Western and Eastern practices strengthens the shift towards a holistic and integrative model of patient care.
Covid fear; Covid stress; Unnathi Yogic Healing; Biofield therapy; Yogic relaxation techniques; Complementary therapy; Covid and GI symptoms; Panchakosha vidya
Sharath Kote GS, Saraswathi K Hegde, Bharathi Anjanappa. Role of Yogic Healing as a Complimentary Treatment in Patients with Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Covid era: A Case Series. Int Clinc Med Case Rep Jour. 2024;3(1):1-8.