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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 5, Issue 3, 2013 pp 127-129

Research Article

Effect of Yoga Training on Breathing Rate and Lung Functions in Patients of Bronchial Asthma


Reena Kaur Ruprai1, Prathamesh Kamble2* and Manisha Kurwale3

1, 3 Assistant Professor, Department of physiology, Government Medical College, Nagpur, Maharashtra, INDIA.

2 Assistant Professor, Department of physiology, B. J. Government Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA.

Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Abstract: Objective: The concept of yoga is helpful for the treatment of Bronchial Asthma has created a great interest in the medical research fields. The present study was designed in order to investigate whether yoga has a positive impact on PFT in asthma. Background: Though the modern medical/pharmacological therapy has replaced the traditional system of ailments, increasing incidence of stress is posing a challenge. Here comes the role of yoga which not only improves the physical but the mental stress as well by establishing equilibrium between the sympathetic and para sympathetic components.  Medicine affects the physical health whereas yoga stabilizes the mental health. Therefore this combination of yoga and medicine may have a stronger impact on health and would help healthy mind to reside the healthy body. Method: In this context, the present study was conducted on forty diagnosed bronchial asthma patients. Yogic session was carried for 12 weeks. Respiratory rate (RR), Breath holding time (BHT) & PFT (FVC, FEV1%, PEFR) were carried out before and after yoga training. Result: There was statistically significant improvement in respiratory variables (p<0.001) after yoga session. The study indicates that there is beneficial effect in pulmonary ventilation by way of relaxation of voluntary inspiratory and expiratory muscles. Conclusion: Thus, yogic breathing exercises used adjunctively with standard pharmacological treatment significantly improve pulmonary function in patients with bronchial asthma.