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Volume: 44 Issue: 1

  • Open Access
  • Systematic Review

A narrative review on scientific evidence of mechanisms of naturopathy and yoga interventions for rheumatoid arthritis

 Geetha B. Shetty1, Prashanth Shetty2, Balakrishna Shetty3, Abitone V. R.2 


1Division of Nutrition and Dietetics, 3Division of Basic Medical Sciences,
2S.D.M College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire, Karnataka, India 


 Corresponding author: Balakrishna Shetty. Email: [email protected] 

Year: 2024, Page: 21-25, Doi: https://doi.org/10.51248/.v44i1.4120

Received: Jan. 10, 2024 Accepted: Feb. 12, 2024 Published: April 24, 2024


 Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune systemic inflammatory disease, which has serious physical, psychological, and social consequences. Many RA patients continue to experience intolerable side effects from their treatments or an inadequate response, which leads to the disease progressing despite advancements in targeted biological and pharmacologic interventions. Examining the multi-modular, drugless approach of yoga and naturopathy to this autoimmune disease is equally important as it enables physicians to provide better care. Hence, the current review was undertaken to present an overview of the available scientific evidence on the mechanism of naturopathy and yoga therapeutic modalities in the management of RA. We searched PubMed and PubMed Central for pertinent English-language articles about the impact of yoga and naturopathy on RA. The results in this review are presented based on the therapeutic effect of yoga and various naturopathy treatment modalities with their mechanisms on RA. It shows naturopathy and yoga was effective in the management of RA due to its analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory and antioxidant effect. 

Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis; yoga therapy; naturopathy; diet therapy; acupuncture; hydrotherapy

Cite this article

Geetha B. Shetty, Prashanth Shetty, Balakrishna Shetty, Abitone V. R. A narrative review on scientific evidence of mechanisms of naturopathy and yoga interventions for rheumatoid arthritis. Biomedicine: 2024; 44(1): 21-25