Study: Yoga can help asthmatics breathe freely again

Study: Yoga can help asthmatics breathe freely again

Yoga exercises improve the quality of life for people with asthma
Asthmatics suffer from fits of breathlessness due to narrowing of the airways. Affected people often struggle with the powerful effects of the disease. Scientists have now discovered that yoga can have a positive effect on symptoms and quality of life in patients with asthma. So asthmatics should perhaps think about starting yoga practice.

Do you suffer from asthma? Then there could be a way to make breathing easier in the future. Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong found that yoga can help reduce the symptoms of asthma. The doctors published the results of their study in the "Cochrane Library".

Yoga exercises can relieve the symptoms of asthma
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the respiratory tract, in which sufferers suffer from persistent hypersensitivity. About five percent of adults and seven to ten percent of children have asthma, the experts explain. Yoga exercises can improve quality of life and symptoms, says lead author Dr. Zuyao Yang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Those affected have the opportunity to reduce their symptoms if they do yoga regularly. However, the researchers also warned that more high-quality studies with more participants were needed to draw clear conclusions about the effects of yoga.

New investigation analyzes the results of fifteen older studies
Doctors from the Chinese University of Hong Kong analyzed the results of fifteen randomized controlled trials. 1,048 men and women had participated in these. Most of the studies were carried out in India, Europe and the USA. The majority of all participants suffered from mild asthma, the researchers say. Six of the studies only looked at how our breathing changes during yoga exercises. The other studies deal with breathing, posture and meditation, the scientists explain. Most of the participants continued to take their usual asthma medication during the study.

Can yoga replace asthma medication?
It is still unclear whether yoga has a uniform effect on lung function. We still don't know if yoga can prevent people from taking medication for their asthma, explains Dr. Zuyao Yang. The effects on the use of medication and side effects can still be assessed as unsafe, the doctor adds. It is also not yet known whether yoga can have negative effects on people with asthma. However, the results suggest that yoga exercises can slightly improve the quality of life for patients with asthma. In addition, the symptoms of the disease appear to decrease, Dr. adds Zuyao Yang added. (as)

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