Meditative Exercise May Not Provide Relief To Asthma Sufferers
June 3, 2014

Meditative Exercise May Not Provide Relief To Asthma Sufferers

Gerard LeBlond for - Your Universe Online

Yoga is a method believed to help your physical and mental well-being. It has also been suggested to alleviate the symptoms of asthma sufferers, but a new study suggests this may not be the case. Researchers found little evidence to support the claim that asthma relief is associated with meditative exercise.

The report was published in the June Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. The scientific journal is from the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), where the researchers examined 14 previously published studies relating to the helpfulness of yoga and the treatment of the illness.

“Many people practice yoga for its health benefits, including asthma sufferers. We reviewed the available data to see if it made a difference and found only weak evidence that it does. Yoga can't be considered a routine intervention for patients with asthma at this time. But it can be considered an alternative to breathing exercises for asthma patients interested in complementary interventions,” lead author, Holger Cramer, PhD, Yoga Research Director at the Department of Internal and Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Medicine of the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany, said in a statement.

Of the 14 previous studies, 824 adults participated in the relationship of practicing yoga with relieving asthma symptoms and the quality of life and lung function. The participants were from North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. Only one of the studies involved children, so a determination on the effects between yoga and asthma in children couldn’t be evaluated.

“Many asthma sufferers look to complementary therapies, such as yoga, to help relieve their symptoms. If yoga helps them to feel better and breathe better, patients should by all means practice it. At the same time, we don't advise that yoga be recommended to asthma sufferers as a treatment,” explained allergist Michael Foggs, MD, ACAAI president.

ACAAI states that prevention is the best strategy in controlling asthma symptoms and sufferers of asthma should utilize the suggestions from a board-certified allergist to avoid possible situations that trigger an asthma attack.

Allergens, respiratory infections and cold weather can all prompt an asthma attack. Also, unpredictable attacks can flare up more than twice a week if the patient has a severe case of asthma. This is when long-term medical treatment is recommended. Using medications taken once or twice daily can alleviate and control these attacks. Other methods can include shots for allergic asthma for patients whose symptoms are brought on by allergens and cannot be avoided.

The ACAAI is an organization with more than 6,000 allergists, immunologists and health professionals. Their headquarters is located in Arlington Heights, Illinois. This college has its members work together with others for the common goal of patient care, education, advocacy and research. The allergists are board-certified physicians who are trained to diagnose allergies and asthma, administer allergy shots and provide their patients with the best possible care and treatments.

More information is available on their website