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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 98-102

The assessment of effects of yoga on pulmonary functions in asthmatic patients: A randomized controlled study

1 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Biochemistry, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Institute of Human Consciousness and Yogic Sciences, Lucknow University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Surya Kant
Department of Pulmonary Medicine, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0972-4958.182909

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Background and Objective: Asthma is a serious health problem throughout the world, affecting people of all ages. It is a chronic inflammatory respiratory disorder. There are a few short-term studies with least number of the patients showing the impact of yoga on forced expiratory volume during the first second of the forced breath (FEV 1 ) and peak expiratory flow rate (PEFR). To assess the efficacy of yoga on pulmonary functions in asthma patients. Setting and Design: It was a randomized controlled trial, conducted at a tertiary-care teaching hospital in Lucknow, UP, India. Materials and Methods: The study was carried out in mild-to-moderate persistent asthma (FEV 1 > 60%) patients aged between 12 years and 60 years. The patients were recruited from the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and were randomly divided into two groups as follows: "the case group" and "the control group." Their spirometric assessments were done at the baseline, third month, and sixth month. Statistical Analysis Used: The statistical analysis was done by using GraphPad inStat version 3.05 software Inc., year 2000 (Version. 3.05 GraphPad software, Inc., California, USA). Results and Conclusion: No significant changes were found in spirometric variables in "the control group" during the course of the study. In contrast, "the yoga group" got significantly better improvement in spirometric variables. The result shows that yoga can be an adjuvant therapy along with standard medical treatment for the better management of asthma.

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