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Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention 3:369-382 (2003)
© 2003 Oxford University Press

Kundalini Yoga Meditation Techniques for the Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive and OC Spectrum Disorders

   David S. Shannahoff-Khalsa

From The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics, Institute for Nonlinear Science, University of California, San Diego; and The Khalsa Foundation for Medical Science.

Contact author: David S. Shannahoff-Khalsa, The Research Group for Mind-Body Dynamics, Institute for Nonlinear Science (mail code 0402), University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Dr., La Jolla, CA 92093-0402. The Khalsa Foundation for Medical Science, P. O. Box 2708, Del Mar, CA 92014. E-mail: dsk{at}

The use of Kundalini yoga (KY) meditation techniques for the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) are reviewed based on two published clinical trials. A specific meditation protocol has been subjected to uncontrolled conditions and to a comparison-control meditation group in a randomized matched-groups trial design. In addition to the long-term effects, the efficacy for short-term and rapid benefits are presented in a patient's own words for a single case history of a young woman with OCD, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and social anxiety disorder. Meditation techniques are described in detail for the original time-tested KY-OCD protocol, including a technique for managing fear and one for anger; also, additional techniques are included that are claimed by yogis to be effective for depression, anxiety, and a range of nervous disorders.

KEY WORDS: obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, anxiety, fear, yoga, meditation

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