Breathing Exercises Improve Asthma Symptoms
|Tips to Reduce Asthma Symptoms
Use air filters to help clean
air in your home.
Cover mattresses and pillows with dust covers and use hypoallergenic
bed clothing to reduce exposure to dust mites.
Include foods with omega-3 fatty acids in the diet-such as fish
or fish oil.
Supplement with vitamin C, which helps reduce allergic reactions and
Get regular chiropractic care.
In the United States, about 20 million
people have been diagnosed with asthma; nearly 9 million of them are children.
The most common treatment for Asthma has been the use of corticosteriod
A new study found that breathing techniques can cut the use of asthma reliever
inhalers by more than 80% and halve the dose of preventer inhaler required
in mild asthma, research finds.
The new study, published in the journal Thorax, compared the impact of two
breathing techniques on symptoms, lung function, use of medication and quality
of life among 57 adults with mild asthma.
One technique focused on shallow, nasal breathing with slow exhalations, and the second technique used general upper body exercises, accompanied by relaxation.
The participants, who used a preventer inhaler and required reliever inhaler at least four times a week, were randomly assigned to one or other breathing technique.
Participants practiced their breathing exercises twice a day for around 25 minutes over a period of 30 weeks. They were also encouraged to use a shorter version of their exercises in place of reliever inhaler, and to use reliever if the exercises did not work.
Researcher Professor Christine Jenkins, of the the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, found that the use of reliever medication fell by 86% in both exercise groups, a process which began within weeks of starting the exercises, and was maintained over eight months. She writes: "Breathing techniques may be useful in the management of patients with mild asthma symptoms who use a reliever frequently."
By the end of the study, the participants dropped from using around three puffs of their reliever inhaler each day to approximately one puff every third day. Preventer dose requirements were also cut in half.
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