Patients with asthma who are willing to undertake intensive training may find benefits of asthma-targeted practice with a trained yoga practitioner.
According to a recent report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, breathing exercises are among the most popular alternative therapies for asthmatics and include yoga breathing exercises.
The researchers found the most robust body of evidence supported hyperventilation-reduction breathing techniques, which achieved “medium to large improvements in asthma symptoms and reductions in reliever medication use of approximately 1.5 to 2.5 puffs per day.”
Researchers also found evidence for yoga exercises, which typically require deep breaths — usually through the nose — with extended exhalation and can relieve asthma. Most of the evidence came from studies in India, where yoga exercises are more intensive and frequent than in the United States.
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