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Pain and Inflammation

Below is a list of citations of research articles published in peer-reviewed biomedical journals relevant to the topic on this page. There are two types of citations:

  1. Citations for review, summary, and scientific/clinical hypothesis papers that summarize and analyze the yoga research in this specific area; these are the best resource for becoming familiar with the literature;
  2. Citations of individual study publications that are notable from a historical, scientific, mechanistic, clinical, sociological, epidemiological, philosophical, and/or policy aspect.

Links for many of these citations will take you to the full-text of the publication. Otherwise, in the case of publications copyrighted by the journal, links will take you to abstracts of the publications, and you then can acquire the full text articles by purchasing them directly from the journal, by obtaining free access through a medical library that subscribes to the journal, or by directly requesting them from the corresponding author via email.

Review Papers

Review Papers

Pain-related encephalic regions influenced by yoga meditation: An integrative review.
Jurisic P, Salm DC, Vieira C, Cidral-Filho FJ, Mazzardo-Martins L, Martins DF.
Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 May;31:320-324.
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Tele-yoga for Chronic Pain: Current Status and Future Directions.
Mathersul DC, Mahoney LA, Bayley PJ.
Glob Adv Health Med. 2018 Apr 2;7:2164956118766011.
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Unique autonomic responses to pain in yoga practitioners.
Cotton V, Low LA, Villemure C, Bushnell MC.
Psychosom Med. 2018 Apr 3.
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Mindfulness-based interventions for chronic pain: Evidence and applications.
Majeed MH, Ali AA, Sudak DM.
Asian J Psychiatr. 2018 Feb;32:79-83.
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Using Integrative Medicine in Pain Management: An Evaluation of Current Evidence.
Lin YC, Wan L, Jamison RN.
Anesth Analg. 2017 Dec;125(6):2081-2093.
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Mindfulness-Based Interventions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
Hood MM, Jedel S.
Gastroenterol Clin North Am. 2017 Dec;46(4):859-874.
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Yoga and other meditative movement therapies to reduce chronic pain.
Achilefu A, Joshi K, Meier M, McCarthy LH.
J Okla State Med Assoc. 2017 Jan;110(1):14-16.
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Yoga intervention and functional pain syndromes: a selective review.
Sutar R, Yadav S, Desai G.
Int Rev Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;28(3):316-22.
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Mind-body therapies and control of inflammatory biology: A descriptive review.
Bower JE, Irwin MR.
Brain Behav Immun. 2016 Jan;51:1-11.
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Mind-body therapies for the self-management of chronic pain symptoms.
Lee C, Crawford C, Hickey A; Active Self-Care Therapies for Pain (PACT) Working Group.
Pain Med. 2014 Apr;15 Suppl 1:S21-39.
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Movement therapies for the self-management of chronic pain symptoms.
Lee C, Crawford C, Schoomaker E; Active Self-Care Therapies for Pain (PACT) Working Group.
Pain Med. 2014 Apr;15 Suppl 1:S40-53.
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Notable Publications

Notable Publications

Effects of 8-Week Hatha Yoga Training on Metabolic and Inflammatory Markers in Healthy, Female Chinese Subjects: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
Chen N, Xia X, Qin L, Luo L, Han S, Wang G, Zhang R, Wan Z.
Biomed Res Int. 2016;2016:5387258.
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Insular cortex mediates increased pain tolerance in yoga practitioners.
Villemure C, Ceko M, Cotton VA, Bushnell MC.
Cereb Cortex. 2014 Oct;24(10):2732-40.
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Yoga for persistent pain: new findings and directions for an ancient practice.
Wren AA, Wright MA, Carson JW, Keefe FJ.
Pain. 2011 Mar;152(3):477-80.
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Intracerebral pain processing in a Yoga Master who claims not to feel pain during meditation.
Kakigi R, Nakata H, Inui K, Hiroe N, Nagata O, Honda M, Tanaka S, Sadato N, Kawakami M.
Eur J Pain. 2005 Oct;9(5):581-9.
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