Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) can now say, “Namaste” after research found yoga to be an effective form of pulmonary rehabilitation.

Researchers at the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders and All India Institute of Medical Sciences found yoga exercises were just as effective as traditional pulmonary rehabilitation at improving pulmonary function, exercise capacity and systemic inflammation in COPD patients.

Sixty COPD patients were divided into two groups – one group was shown yoga exercises and the other received traditional pulmonary rehabilitation. Patients were tested on breathing and shortness of breath, serum inflammation and lung function. Training was completed for one hour, twice a week for four weeks, and then went down to only every two weeks for eight weeks, and then they completed the rest of the study by simply training at home.

The results found that both treatment plans – yoga and the traditional methods – had…….

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