A new study led by an Indian-origin researcher said that patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can improve their lung function through yoga. The study by researchers at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders found that lung function, shortness of breath, and inflammation all showed significant improvement after patients completed 12 weeks of training. "COPD is a systemic inflammatory disease that causes difficulty breathing. We investigated to see whether simple, structured yoga training affects the level of inflammation, shortness of breath, and quality of life in patients with stable COPD," study presenter Randeep Guleria said. The study included 29 stable patients with COPD who received yoga training in a format that included the use of physical postures (asanas), breathing techniques (pranayama), cleansing techniques, (kriyas), meditation, and a relaxation technique (shavasan) for 1 hour, twice a week, for 4 weeks. Following the 4-week period, patients were trained for 1 hour every 2 weeks, with the remaining sessions completed at home. Patients were evaluated on assessment of lung function, breathing, quality of life, and inflammation status. A repeat assessment was done at the end of the 12-week training session. All parameters showed significant improvement at the end of the 12-week period. Guleria said that yoga can be a simple, cost-effective method that can help improve quality of life in patients with COPD. The study was presented at CHEST 2013.Source: ANI << Safety Questions Persist for Some Drugs Despite Expedited A... Buenos Aires Opens New School for Transvestites and Transse... >> Recommended Reading Yoga for Stress Tap into the powers of mind-body therapy called yoga and find out how you can use yoga for effective stress management. READ MORE Yoga and Back Pain The healing effects of yoga benefit those suffering from backpain, by alleviating their pain and also preventing its recurrence. READ MORE Does Yoga help you grow Taller Yoga is one very effective exercise - to add a few inches to your height -- when done correctly and diligently. With yoga a person can cleanse oneself physically as well as improve their mental faculties. READ MORE Benefits of Meditation / Meditation Therapy Meditation therapy is one of the best Alternative Therapies. It is a Mind-Body Medicine. READ MORE Breast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle Changes Lifestyle choices may or may not cause breast cancer but healthy lifestyle changes can open up avenues beyond breast cancer. Good habits will allow one to fight breast cancer and to live with dignity. READ MORE Exercise and Fitness Exercise is about revamping your lifestyle, not just weight loss. Exercise to get healthy – that way, you’ll last longer at it and get better results. READ MORE Meditation: Just For The Mind? We meditate to calm the mind and perceive inner self through spirituality. On the other hand, we also meditate to relieve stress and ease other lifestyle disorders. READ MORE Pneumoconiosis Pneumoconiosis is a group of lung diseases caused by inhaled dust particles. It causes inflammation of the lungs leading to fibrosis. READ MORE Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension It can be a serious condition affecting the heart. It is defined as mean pulmonary arterial pressure >25mm Hg at rest and >30mm Hg on exertion. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Selfie Addiction Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) More News on: Diabetes MellitusYogaStress Relief Through Alternative MedicineDoes Yoga help you grow TallerBenefits of Meditation / Meditation TherapyExercise and FitnessPneumoconiosisPulmonary Arterial HypertensionBreast Cancer - Prevention and Management with Lifestyle ChangesMeditation: Just For The Mind?