A research led by Indian origin scientist has revealed that yoga can benefit chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.
A panel of researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders have found that there was a significant improvement in lung function, shortness of breath and inflammation in COPD patients after they completed 12 weeks of yoga training.
The researchers reviewed 29 stable patients with COPD. They received yoga training in a format that included the use of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), cleansing techniques, (kriyas), meditation and a relaxation technique (shavasan) for 1 hour, twice a week, for 4 weeks. Following the 4-week period, the patients were trained for 1 hour every 2 weeks, with the remaining sessions completed at home. Thereafter, they were evaluated on assessment of lung function, breathing, quality of life and inflammation status.
COPD is a systemic inflammatory disease that causes difficulty breathing. Yoga can be a simple, cost-effective method that can help improve quality of life in patients with COPD . The study was presented at CHEST 2013.
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