Pranayam for Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Results From a Randomized, Controlled Trial
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: Submitted
Sources ID: 117288
Visibility: Public (group default)
Context: Existing medications for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) do not modify the longterm decline in lung functions. The increasing prevalence of COPD requires the development of interventions beyond the usual medical treatment, with a specific focus on rehabilitation. Controlled breathing ipranayam) is a specific set of respiratory exercises within yoga that has been shown to improve the resting respiratory rate, vital capacity, maximum voluntary ventilation, breath-holding time, and maximal inspiratory and expiratory pressures.