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SODHI and COLLEAGUES,  Department of Physiology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana - 141 007.


The role of yoga breathing exercises, as an adjunct treatment for bronchial asthma is well recognized.


One hundred twenty patients of asthma were randomized into two groups i.e Group A (yoga training group) and Group B (control group). Each group included sixty patients. Pulmonary function tests were performed on all the patients at baseline, after 4 weeks and then after 8 weeks.


Majority of the subjects in the two groups had mild disease (34 patients in Group A and 32 in Group B). Group A subjects showed a statistically significant increasing trend (P < 0.01) in % predicted peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR), forced expiratory volume in the first second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), forced mid expiratory flow in 0.25-0.75 seconds (FEF25-75) and FEV1/FVC% ratio at 4 weeks and 8 weeks as compared to Group B.


Thus, yoga breathing exercises used adjunctively with standard pharmacological treatment significantly improves pulmonary functions in patients with bronchial asthma.


Sodhi C, Singh S and Dandona PK. A study of the effect of yoga training on pulmonary functions in patients with bronchial asthma. Indian Journal of Physiology & Pharmacology. 53(2): 169-74. Apr-Jun 2009.


Research and clinical trial data is continuing to demonstrate the positive impact of breathing for asthma, as well as other conditions.

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