Physicians and therapists now commonly prescribe yoga and other relaxation techniques for a wide variety of ailments, to assist with pain management, and to help individuals overcome the physically harmful aspects that chronic stress can have on overall health.

For example, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) maintains a list of medical research studies to help recruit patients for therapeutic clinical trials. Its Web site,, typically includes numerous investigations into the links between yoga and health, such as the following: