Yoga can help asthma patients breathe better, says new study

  • ANI, Washington DC
  • Updated: Apr 27, 2016 13:53 IST
Practicing yoga helps provide some relief to asthma patients. (Shutterstock)

For patients of asthma, there’s some good news. A new study has shown that practicing yoga helps provide some relief to patients and can be beneficial to an extent. However, the finding was not clear as to the extent to which yoga helps in lung function. It further added that more studies were needed to ascertain if yoga could provide an alternative to the use of medication for relief.

The Cochrane Review, an international healthcare not-for-profit organisation, suggested that yoga may have a beneficial effect on the quality of life in people with asthma, but its effects on lung function and medication use are uncertain.

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The review summarised the results of randomised trials and found evidence that practicing yoga might be able to improve asthma quality of life and symptoms to some extent. However, researchers also warned that more detailed studies with more participants would be needed to draw any firm conclusions about the effects of yoga.

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However, it is not clear if practicing yoga reduces the need for medication among asthma patients. (Shutterstock)

Lead author Dr Zuyao Yang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong commented that the findings suggest that yoga exercise may lead to small improvements in asthma quality of life and symptoms.

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However, Yang added that it is unclear whether yoga has a consistent impact on lung function and one doesn’t yet know if yoga can reduce people’s medication usage, or if there are any side-effects of yoga for people with asthma.

Rebecca Normansell , deputy co-ordinating editor of the Cochrane Airways Group added, “The findings of this Cochrane Review will help people make more informed choices about their future treatment options.”

The review is published in the Cochrane Library on April 27.

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