Anytime you go to the pharmacy to pick up prescription medicine included with it is a piece of paper including information about the drug known as a package insert or prescribing information. The PI includes information blessed by the FDA based on all the clinical research and data that led to the drug being approved in the United States. In my former life as a pharmaceutical rep, I was bound by law to only share information with healthcare providers included in the PI.
Yoga has been practiced for centuries yet Western Medicine has only recently begun to study the effects of yoga. Although there is an ever-growing body of scientific evidence that yoga can be applied to many therapeutic areas, more research and larger randomized control trials (RCTs) are needed to be able to substantiate these claims.
I created a YOGA PI based on a the resources below to help healthcare providers and prospective yogis get an idea about the risks and benefits of yoga practice. Disclaimer: none of these statements have been approved by the FDA. While yoga is not a panacea for all disease, yoga should be considered an adjunct to other existing treatments to help improve overall health and quality of life.
Elements of the Yoga PI:
DOSAGE & ADMINISTRATION: how much and how often
MECHANISM OF ACTION: how an intervention works
CONTRAINDICATIONS: who should not participate in an intervention
PRECAUTIONS/WARNINGS: possible limitations or side-effects of an intervention
ADVERSE REACTIONS: undesired effects of an intervention
The Principles and Practice of Yoga and Healthcare ~ Sat Bir Singh Khalsa
Yoga for Depression ~Amy Weintraub
Yoga as Medicine ~Timothy McCall MD
Yoga Rx ~Larry Payne PhD & Dr Richard Usatine
Yoga Skills for Therapists ~Amy Weintraub