05 Aug Latest review – YOGA having beneficial effects on Asthmatic patients.
An article recently published in Cochrane Library says that yoga helps improve systems for asthmatic patients & is recommended for respiratory conditions.
Yoga is a physical, mental & spiritual practice originated from India. It involves a lot of breathing practices, meditation & relaxation. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) – a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) – around 21 million adults in the United States practice yoga, making it as one of the most frequently used health exercise in the country.
About 300 million people worldwide are affected by asthma that includes symptoms of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness & shortness of breath. The latest Cochrane review states the beneficial effects of Yoga for asthmatic patients & with randomized trials being evidenced that practicing yoga may improve asthma to a certain extent.
The research says 15 randomised trials involved 1,048 men & women, out of which the majority had mild to moderate asthma symptoms from 6 months to exceeding 23 years. The trial was conducted over a time period of 2 weeks to 4 years.
The end result revealed some improvement that yoga reduces the impact of asthma. The researchers identified some moderate-quality evidence that yoga reduced some symptoms for people with asthma and improved overall quality of life. However, it was uncertain that yoga improves lung function.
Hence, there is uncertainty about the effects of yoga on lung function, it’s important for patients facing asthmatic symptoms to continue with their medication as prescribed.