Effect of a Structured Naturopathy and Yoga Intervention on Pain, Depression, and Quality of Sleep in a Postmenopausal Breast Cancer Patient

Y. Deepa, MBA; M. Seithoon Nisha, MD(Naturopathy); A. Mooventhan, MD(Naturopathy); N. Manavalan, MPhil; S. Edmin Christa, PhD



A 54-year-old postmenopausal woman was diagnosed with adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACCA) of the right breast. She had complaints of pain in the upper quadrant of the right breast, stress, disturbed sleep, and depression. Her self-reported pain intensity using the visual analog scale (VAS) was 8 and her perceived stress scale value was 19. Her depression score on the Patient Health Questionnaire–9 (PHQ-9) was 12. Her quality of sleep, evaluated using the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI), was 18. She was given integrated naturopathy and yoga therapy for 43 days. She showed a reduction in pain, stress, and depression scores. Her quality of sleep also improved after the integrated naturopathy and yoga therapy. Our structured integrated naturopathy and yoga therapy improved pain, stress, depression, and sleep quality in a postmenopausal breast cancer patient and may be used as adjuvant therapy for patients with breast cancer. (Adv Mind Body Med. 2022;36(3):21-25.)

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