Yoga for bronchial asthma: a controlled study
Type of spiritual experience
Surya Namaskara (IPA: Sūrya Namaskāra) also known in English as Sun Salutation (lit. "salute to the sun") is a common sequence of asanas.
A description of the experience
Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 1985 Oct 19;291(6502):1077-9.
Yoga for bronchial asthma: a controlled study.
Nagarathna R, Nagendra HR.
Fifty three patients with asthma underwent training for two weeks in an integrated set of yoga exercises, including breathing exercises, suryanamaskar, yogasana (physical postures), pranayama (breath slowing techniques), dhyana (meditation), and a devotional session, and were told to practise these exercises for 65 minutes daily. They were then compared with a control group of 53 patients with asthma matched for age, sex, and type and severity of asthma, who continued to take their usual drugs. There was a significantly greater improvement in the group who practised yoga in the weekly number of attacks of asthma, scores for drug treatment, and peak flow rate. This study shows the efficacy of yoga in the long term management of bronchial asthma, but the physiological basis for this beneficial effect needs to be examined in more detail.
The source of the experience
Concepts and Symbols used in the text or image
Observation contributed by: John Bryant