Monday, May 9, 2016

Lungs, mind, and breath: The positive effects of yoga on asthma

As you know we are more than just therapy...we believe in a holistic approach to navigating through life's ups and downs. As you probably already know, what we feel is a big part of that holistic mindfulness is yoga and meditation. Today we are sharing an article which talks about how yoga can have positive effects on asthma sufferers (among others!).  Take a look at this section from the article and then follow the link below to read the full copy! (Hint: You aren't going to want to miss this one!)

Lungs, mind, and breath: The positive effects of yoga on asthma
If you don’t have asthma yourself, you almost certainly know someone who does. Over 300 million people worldwide suffer from asthma’s shortness of breath and fatigue. Even with medical treatment, asthma can take a big toll. Over half of all children and a third of all adults with asthma miss school or work each year due to their disease. A recent Cochrane review suggests that yoga may be a promising way to improve health and well-being asthma patients.

The reviewers identified 15 studies involving 1048 patients. Five looked only at yoga breathing exercises. The other studies included breathing, posture, and meditation. All of the studies compared yoga to either regular care, no care, or “sham yoga”. The studies measured health impact in a variety of ways. Some looked at lung function or amount of medications used. Some tracked rates of bad events like hospital visits. Others looked at overall measures of health like reported symptoms and quality of life.

The reviewers found significant evidence that yoga improves quality of life and reduces asthma symptoms. There was a small amount of evidence that yoga might also reduce the need for asthma medication. Overall, the reviewers concluded that yoga probably improved health and well-being for asthma patients.

To view the rest of the article from cochranecam.wordpress.com, visit: https://cochranecam.wordpress.com/2016/05/05/lungs-mind-and-breath-the-positive-effects-of-yoga-on-asthma/

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