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Asthma Could be Combated by Breathing Exercises

by Medindia Content Team on June 5, 2006 at 8:33 PM
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Asthma Could be Combated by Breathing Exercises

According to a study breathing exercises reduce the use of inhaler in patients suffering from mild asthma.

Researchers compared the impact of two breathing techniques on symptoms, lung function, use of medication and quality of life among 57 adults with mild asthma, reported the science portal EurekAlert.

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The first technique focused on shallow, nasal breathing with slow exhalations and the second technique used general upper body exercises, accompanied by relaxation.

The exercises reduced the use of reliever inhalers by more than 80 percent and halved the dose of preventer inhalers required in mild asthma.

Quality of life scores remained unchanged in both groups, but good asthma control was maintained and inhaler use was reduced. However, there were no changes in lung function or airway responsiveness in either group, the study said.

(Source: IANS News)
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