Yoga May Be Beneficial in Asthma Control
Researchers from India conducted a study to better understand potential benefits of yoga for asthma control. The study found that people who participated in a yoga program had improved quality of life and needed less medicine than those who did not.
About the study
- Showed improvement in pulmonary function compared to their baseline levels
- Had a reduction in the incidences of exercise-induced airway restriction
- Had significant improvement in asthma quality of life (The control group had an improvement as well, but the yoga group improved faster and more completely.)
- Showed decreased use of rescue medicine (Use decreased in both groups, but the change began earlier and was greater in the yoga group.)
How does this affect you?
Both groups had some positive changes after learning about asthma management steps, which suggests the importance of lifestyle changes for good management. The study was not able to define how the yoga made a difference for participants. Previous studies have shown that regular physical activity may help decrease the intensity or frequency of asthma attacks. Yoga provides physical activity, as well as breathing exercises and meditation. The unique body and mind exercises may contribute to the improvements seen here.
In no way is this a suggestion that yoga should replace conventional care for asthma. Follow the plan you and your doctor have developed for management of your asthma. Consider adding yoga to your routine as an additional tool for good overall health. There are many different styles of yoga. Talk to yoga instructors in your area to find one that may be right for you. There are also a variety of yoga workout videos that you can do at home. Breathing exercises and meditation may help relieve stress. Some of these activities can be done in short bursts, anytime they are needed.
American Lung Association
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
Vempati R, Bijlani RL, Deepak KK. The efficacy of a comprehensive lifestyle modification programme based on yoga in the management of bronchial asthma: a randomized controlled trial. BMC Pulm Med . 2009 Jul 30;9:37.
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