2017, VOL. 3 ISSUE 1, PART E
Fasting is the single greatest natural healing therapy. It is nature’s ancient, universal “remedy” for many problems. Paramahansa Yogananda suggested that fasting is a way to increase our natural resistance to disease, stating that “Fasting is a natural method of healing”. Most disease can be cured by judicious fasting unless one has a weak heart; regular short fasts have been recommended by the yogis an excellent health measure. Through fasting we can turn our energies inward, where we can use them for healing, clarity and change.
In India, a large number of women observed fast as a social cause, following certain customs and religious beliefs. Studies have proved that religion makes an important on health. Older adults particularly women who attend religious services at least once a week appear to have survival advantage over those attending services less frequently.
The study was conducted in Kanpur city. Questionnaire-cum- interview method was use for data collection. 100 subjects were taken for study in which 50% were non fasting women. The study found that fasting women have less medical problem than non-fasting women. The paper concludes that there is a need to more study on fasting and its impact on health status.