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Comparing the effects of Buteyko and pranayama breathing techniques

Asthma and Breathing Exercises Study-This recent Indian study comparing Pranayama (traditional Yoga breathing exercises) to Buteyko breathing exercises showed both Pranayama and Buteyko worked better than no breathing exercises but Buteyko seemed to work better than the Pranayama. Interesting study to add to the growing list of studies showing breathing exercises are good for asthma.

"Comparison of the effects of Buteyko and pranayama breathing techniques on quality of life in patients with asthma – a randomized controlled trial"

 

Clinical Rehabilitation, November 2012, 26 (11)

Objective: To compare two breathing exercises (Buteyko and pranayama) with a control group in patients with asthma.

Design: Randomized controlled trial.

Subjects: One hundred and twenty subjects were randomized to three groups through block randomization. Subjects with an Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire score <5.5 participated in the study.

Conclusion: The Buteyko group showed better trends of improvement in quality of life and asthma control than the group performing the pranayama breathing exercise.

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