WHAT IS YOGA?
Yoga is widely known as a type of exercise focusing on postures and relaxation techniques that aid in stress relief and flexibility. However, it involves more than just physical poses, and was originally developed with the intention of enriching the body, mind and spirit.
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How This Study Could Help You Manage Your Asthma
Asthma is a chronic lung condition affecting an estimated 339 million people worldwide. According to the WHO, it is the most common chronic disease among children worldwide. This study investigates the effectiveness of yoga for enhancing conventional asthma therapy, and is titled:
A CLINICAL STUDY TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTS OF ADJUNCT YOGIC INTERVENTION ON PULMONARY FUNCTIONS IN PATIENTS OF BRONCHIAL ASTHMA.
You can read the full study here: https://bit.ly/3bUq08Y
Why Is This Study Important?
Asthma is a chronic disease of the lungs, which results in breathing problems when the airways leading into the lungs become swollen and constricted. A cure for asthma has not yet been found, but treatments are available to help control the symptoms.
Pharmaceutical medication is a common way of dealing with asthma, and it is generally reliable for short-term relief. However, asthma requires lifelong treatment, and chronic use of these medications is associated with a variety of challenges. The side effects or adverse reactions some people experience may make them reluctant to use their medication, and over time, the body may build up a tolerance which makes the medicine less effective.
Reducing or discontinuing medication may not be an option for people with asthma who need help to control their symptoms. Finding evidence for non-pharmaceutical ways to possibly counteract the problems of continuous medication use may be an important way of supporting the long-term management of asthma.
What Does This Mean For My Wellness?
For people who have recently been diagnosed with asthma, results of this study suggest that regularly practising yoga may help maintain the effectiveness of asthma medication.
According to the researchers, yoga may play a role in homeostasis, or ‘evening out’ the inconsistencies associated with long-term use of asthma medication, contributing to a lasting improvement in lung function.
For people who have been using asthma medication for an extended time, this research indicates a possible option for reducing side effects. Considering the reported advantages of regular yoga practice, it may also bring additional benefits for supporting physical and emotional wellness.
How Does This Relate to Yoga?
Although yoga is seen by many as a type of exercise focusing on postures and relaxation techniques, it was originally developed as a practice to benefit the mind and spirit as well as the body. There is evidence to suggest yoga may help promote healthy blood pressure, and possibly reduce symptoms of stress, depression and anxiety.
The chronic use of corticosteroids (active ingredients often found in asthma medication), has been associated with decreased cortisol production in the adrenal glands. Previous research quoted by the authors indicates that yoga practice may “improve homeostasis” in the body because of its effects on the interaction between the immune system, nervous system and endocrine system.
In 2018, researchers affiliated with the University of Delhi in India published the results of a randomised controlled trial. The trial included 85 people with mild to moderate asthma and compared the effects of using conventional asthma treatment alone, as against conventional therapy plus daily yoga over a period of three months. They hypothesised that yoga may have a balancing effect on hormonal functions disrupted by conventional pharmaceutical treatment for asthma.
Key Findings About the Benefits of Yoga for Supporting Asthma Treatment
- The authors reported that using pharmaceutical medication alone was associated with an improvement in lung function over the first month of treatment. However, these improvements decreased and fluctuated over the subsequent two months.
- A comparison group practising yoga daily in addition to the same medication regimen initially showed the same improvements as medication alone. However, the researchers reported that this group’s lung function continued to improve, and remained significantly better over the second and third month, than that of the group receiving medication alone.
- The authors noted that their findings were comparable to that of six other studies which also examined the effects of yoga on lung function as an additional therapy for asthma. This led them to conclude that the use of yoga alongside pharmaceutical medication could contribute to “persistent improvements” in lung function.
Journal of Clinical Investigation and Studies is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, online journal that aims to spread knowledge and promote discussion through publication of high quality scientific papers, systematic reviews, meta-analyses, opinion articles and other research materials on all aspects of clinical research and trials related to all disciplines of clinical medicine and medical research.
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