Yoga as Medicine
While several books have been written on the subject of yoga therapy, this is the first that attempts to explain how and why yoga works as a therapeutic tool to heal disease. Western-trained internist and medical editor of Yoga Journal, Timothy McCall M.D., provides an excellent overview of the use of yoga as medicine and the practice of yoga in the first 2 parts of this in-depth book. The book’s third part, Yoga Therapy in Action, contains the most important content to the reader, with twenty chapters devoted to a large array of common medical conditions.Dr. McCall, with case studies and hands-on knowledge provided by leading yoga therapists, offers a brief summary of each condition, discusses the scientific evidence of yoga therapy studies on the treatment of the condition, and concludes with a prescription of yoga poses and other yogic exercises.Yoga as Medicine also features an appendix on avoiding injury, details on anatomy, a plan for starting your home yoga practice, meditation techniques, and a sanskrit glossary. The only downside to this outstanding work on yoga therapy is that there are no footnotes or references for any of the medical studies described.