Hatha-Yoga practitioners and therapists have long understood the positive benefits of regular asana practice for people with chronic disorders. So have Ayurvedic and Chinese physicians.

Over the past few decades, Western physicians also have begun to explore both exercise in general and Hatha-Yogaasanas in particular and their positive contributions to the health of patients with chronic disorders. Even though there are still many differences of opinion as to degree, it is safe to say that Hatha-Yoga is now recognized,across much of the world, as a method by which people can improve their health, reduce stress, and even cure certain diseases and chronic disorders.

Little has been said, though, about combining the viewpoints of more than one medical system and applying those viewpoints to development of a Hatha-Yogaasana program for a specific disorder. With the continually growing awareness of the breadth and depth of medical systems other than one's own, the lightning speed of information transfer around the world, and the advent of medical databases for cross-referencing of information on various treatments, the next logical step to take is to combine those viewpoints and work with them jointly. If nothing else, the medical and healing communities owe it to their patients to seek out this newfound wealth of ideas and information and apply it whenever possible.

This article on chronic cystitis and three different medical systems, Western, Ayurvedic, and Chinese, is one very small step in that direction. It first examines chronic cystitis from each system's point of view, then combines them to synthesize a Hatha-Yoga–based,complementary treatment program.

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