The impact of yoga upon female patients suffering from hypothyroidism

Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2011 Aug;17(3):132-4. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2010.11.004. Epub 2010 Dec 18.


Objective: To study the effect of yoga on the quality of life of female hypothyroid patients.

Design: The WHO Quality of Life Scale(22) was used to assess the quality of life of 20 female hypothyroid patients. Subjects attended one hour yoga sessions daily for a period of one month. A pretest-post-test research design was used for data analysis.

Results: Patients' quality of life scores following the yoga program were greater than scores obtained prior to undertaking yoga (p < 0.01). Patients also reported significant improvement in their perception of the overall quality of life and of their health post yoga intervention.

Conclusions: It can be concluded that yoga is valuable in helping the hypothyroid patients to manage their disease-related symptoms. Yoga may be considered as supportive or complementary therapy in conjunction with medical therapy for the treatment of hypothyroid disorder.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Health*
  • Humans
  • Hypothyroidism / psychology
  • Hypothyroidism / therapy*
  • Middle Aged
  • Quality of Life*
  • Yoga*