Benefits: Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression. Stretches the spine, shoulders and hamstrings. Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries and uterus. Improves digestion. Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort. Soothes headache and anxiety. Reduces fatigue. Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia and sinusitis. Traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity and cures diseases.