Kilter 2017

Kilter 2017

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Dr Naveen Halappa

Prevention and management of psychiatric disorders with Yoga and Naturopathic medicine

Submitted Mar 9, 2017

Psychiatric disorders are the major source of disability, which has a prevalence rate of 10.6% in the Indian population according to the National mental health survey report 2015-16. According to this report the prevalence rate of mood disorders, neurotic or stress related disorders, schizophrenia and other psychosis account for 2-3 times more in urban metros. Despite the best Pharmacological and psychological interventions are available in these disorders, prevalence rate has been increasing along with the disability, long duration of the treatment and adverse effects of the medication causing a major concern. Therefore, effective interventions in this population are the need of the hour. In this direction, the complementary and alternative system of medicine modalities such as Yoga and Naturopathic medicine have shown some promise in common psychiatric disorders like depression, anxiety, substance use disorders, schizophrenia and childhood developmental disorders like autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and mild mental retardation. Also, these interventions have been very crucial in preventing mental illness and also effective in managing co-morbid medical conditions associated with these disorders such as Obesity, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, Hypertension and hypo/hyperthyroidism. Yoga and Naturopathic system of medicine utilize different treatment modalities such as modern and naturopathic Dietetics and nutrition, Nutraceuticals, Acupuncture, Massage therapy, Fasting therapy, Exercise therapy and Yoga therapy (Yoga postures, Pranayama, Relaxation techniques, Meditation, Yogic counseling). Mainly these treatments work on reducing pro-inflammatory cytokines, regulating autonomic functions, enhancing cognitive functions, regulating growth factors and neurotransmitters.


.Introduction to Neuroplasticity & mental health
.Yoga and Naturopathic medicine on mental health
.Introduction to Psychiatric disorders
.Rationale for the use of Yoga and Naturopathic medicine in Psychiatric disorders
.Psychiatric disorders in which yoga and Naturopathic medicine is useful
.Current status of evidence in these areas
.Summary of findings with take hone message

Speaker bio

I am the best person to take this session because, I have the prerequsite following qualifications in this area along with publications in the reputed journal and awards in this area. Further, I have been invited by many foreign Universities/Organizations, central government, state government and private organizations to speak on this topic partcicularly beacause of my expertise in this area.

2009- 2012 Ph.D (Yoga and Psychiatry Field), National Institute of Mental
Health and Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS), Deemed University, Bangalore.
2005- 2007 M.Sc. (Yoga Therapy), Manipal University, Manipal, Karnataka, India
2006 PG Diploma in Wellness Management, Apollo Hospitals Private limited,
1998- 2004 BNYS (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences), Rajiv Gandhi
University of Health Sciences, Bangalore, India.


  1. Naveen GH*, Thirthalli J, Rao MG, Varambally S, Rita Christopher, Gangadhar BN. Positive therapeutic and neurotropic effects of yoga in depression: a comparative study. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2013; 55:400-4
    2.Naveen GH*, Rao MG, Vishal V, Thirthalli J, Varambally S, Gangadhar BN. Development and feasibility of yoga therapy module for out patients with depression in India. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2013;55:350-6.
    3.Naveen GH*, Sinha S, Girish N, Varambally S, Rashmi A, Taly AB, Gangadhar BN. Yoga and Epilepsy: What do patients perceive? . Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2013;55:390-3
  2. Varambally S, Naveen GH, Rao MG, Thirthalli J, Sharma R, Rita Christopher, Gangadhar B N. Low serum Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) in non-suicidal outpatients with depression: Relation to depression scores. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2013;55:397-9.
  3. Thirthalli J, Naveen G H, Rao MG, Varambally S, Rita Christopher, B, Gangadhar B N. “Cortisol and antidepressant effects of yoga” Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2013;55:405-8
    6.Gangadhar BN, Naveen GH, Rao MG, Thirthalli J, Varambally S. Positive antidepressant effects of generic yoga in depressive outpatients: a comparative study. Indian Journal of Psychiatry 2013;55:369-73
    7.Naveen GH*, Shetty P, Goutham M P, Ganesh PB, Chethan R, Sangram P. Effect of naturopathic based fasting therapy on Liver enzymes, electrolytes, Fasting blood glucose, weight and perceived stress among healthy individuals - A Randomized Controlled Trial. International Journal of Yoga and Allied Sciences 2014:8(2):103-111
  4. Naveen GH*, Nithin K, Selva Kumar G. Management of alcoholic liver disease by naturopathy and yoga intervention: a case report. International Journal of Yoga and Allied Sciences 2014:8 (2): 98-102
  5. N. Halappa* , S. Varambally, J. Thirthalli, M. Rao, R. Christopher, N. Raghuram, G. Bangalore Association between serum BDNF and cortisol levels in drug-naive patients with depression treated with yoga therapy or antidepressants European Psychiatry, volume 30, Supplement 1, 28–31 March 2015, Page 721 (Publication by Elsevier)
  6. Naveen GH*, Varambally S, Thirthalli J, Rao MG, Rita Christopher, Gangadhar BN Association between Serum Cortisol and BDNF in patients with Major Depression – Effect of Yoga. International Review of Psychiatry 2016 May 13:1-6.
  7. Naveen GH*, Thirthalli J, Varambally S, Rao MG, Rita Christopher, Gangadhar BN Improvement in neurocognitive functions and serum BDNF levels in patients with depression treated with antidepressants and Yoga. Indian journal of Psychiatry, 2016 (Under Review)


  1. Naveen G H*, Shivarama Varambally, Jagadisha Thirthalli. Book on “Yoga for Depression” 2010. NIMHANS publication No. 74.
  2. Naveen G H, Ishwar N Acharya, Ritu. Book on “Yogic management of Neurological disorders” 2010, 1st Edition 2009, MDNIY publication, New Delhi.

2016 Ph.D Guideship from Chettinad Chettinad Academy of Research and
Education (CARE), Deemed to be University, Kelambakkam, Chennai.
2015 Travel grant Award (e-Poster walk presentation) from 23rd
European Congress of Psychiatry (EPA 2015), Austria center, Vienna,
Austria, 28-31 March 2015 organizer and Indian Council of Medical
research (ICMR), New Delhi
2014 Second best oral presentation Award, 1st SDM International conference
on Yoga and Naturopathy (SDMICYN), Ujire, Dakshina Kannada District,
2011 Best Poster Award, 19th International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga
Research and its’ Application (INCOFYRA), SVYASA University,
2011 Best Poster Award as third author, 21st Annual Conference of Indian
Psychiatric Society – Karnataka Branch (KANCIPS 2011)
2011 Travel grant Award (Poster presentation), 10th World Congress of Biological
Psychiatry at Prague, Czech Republic
• Consultation and advice related to Natural therapeutics and Yoga therapy
• Yoga and Naturopathy clinical research
• Guiding UG and PG students related to their respective research work.
• Writing Research proposal for funding, Teaching skills in Yoga
• College administrative skills, Health talks on Natural therapeutics and
wellness management
• Conducting health awareness programs, workshops and seminars

Other relevant information
• Workshop / Training Courses: National – 10
• Presentation in the conferences (Oral/Poster): National – 3; International – 5
• Invited guest lecture/Resource person for
CME/Seminar/Awareness program/workshop: National-28
• Television Interview/Web-conferencing: National-3
• Conference/workshop/training program co-ordinated
or part of the organizing committee: National-11
• Conducted health awareness program/seminar: National-5
• Training program attended (Yoga and neurophysiology
& Research methodology) National-4
• Participation in the conferences/seminar: National – 10; International
• Fellowship: Fellow of Academy of General Education (FAGE), Manipal, Karnataka
• Book chapters publications: National: 4


  1. Prof Dr B N Gangadhar, Department of Psychiatry/Director, NIMHANS +919448062040
  2. Dr Jagadisha Thirthalli, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS +919845261731

I do hereby declare that the particulars furnished above by me are correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and nothing has been concealed/ distorted. In case of selection, I agree to abide by the terms and conditions finalized at the time of appointment.

Place: Chennai, India Dr Naveen G H



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