Study: Yoga can help asthma sufferers to breathe freely again


Asthma sufferers suffer from respiratory distress caused by a narrowing of the airways. Affected individuals often struggle with the strong effects of the disease. Scientists have now found that yoga can have a positive effect on the symptoms and quality of life in patients with asthma. Thus, asthmatics should perhaps think about whether they are not starting with yoga exercise.

Do you suffer from asthma? Then there might be a possibility that will make you breathing easier in the future. Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong found out in an investigation that yoga can help alleviate the symptoms of asthma. The physicians published the results of their study in the "Cochrane Library".

Scientists found that yoga asthmatics could help improve their quality of life. Through yoga exercises, sufferers can ease the symptoms of the disease.(Image: WavebreakmediaMicro / fotolia.com) scientists found that yoga asthmatics could help improve their quality of life. Through yoga exercises, sufferers can ease the symptoms of the disease.(Image: WavebreakmediaMicro / fotolia.com)

Yoga Exercises Can Alleviate the Symptoms of Asthma
Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of the respiratory tract, in which sufferers suffer from a persistent hypersensitivity. About five percent of adults and seven to ten percent of children are affected by asthma, the experts explain. Yoga exercises can lead to improvements in the quality of life and symptoms, says the chief author Dr. Zuyao Yang from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. For those affected, there is the possibility to reduce their discomfort by doing yoga regularly. However, the researchers also warned that more high-quality studies with more participants would be necessary to draw clear conclusions about the effects of yoga.

New study analyzes the results of fifteen older studies
The physicians from the Chinese University of Hong Kong analyzed the results of fifteen randomized controlled trials. Of these 1048 men and women had participated. Most of the studies were conducted in India, Europe and the USA.The majority of all participants suffered from mild asthma, the researchers say. Six of the studies exclusively examined how our breathing changed during the yoga exercises. The other studies were concerned with breathing, posture and meditation, the scientists explain. Most of the participants also continued their usual asthma medication during the study.

Can Yoga Replace Asthma Drugs?
It is still unclear whether yoga has a uniform effect on the pulmonary function. We do not know yet whether yoga can prevent people suffering from asthma from taking medications, explains Dr. Zuyao Yang. The effects on the use of drugs and side effects are still to be assessed as unsafe, adds the physician. It is also not yet known whether yoga can have negative effects on people with asthma. However, the results suggest that the quality of life of patients with asthma can be slightly improved through yoga exercises. Moreover, the symptoms of the disease seem to decrease, Dr. addsZuyao Yang added.(as)

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