EFFECT OF YOGIC PRACTICES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE (COPD): A CASE STUDY

Guru Deo, P. Geetha, Ishwar N. Acharya, Ishwar V. Basavaraddi

Abstract


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a progressive disease of lungs which is likely to get worse, if not treated in time. It is not fully reversible and one of the major contributors of morbidity and mortality across the globe. The treatment modalities available in modern times are having a lot of side effect on human health. The usage of these modalities ensures a tendency of habit in patients to continue the same treatment even after adverse effect on the body. In the current case study, a patient was diagnosed COPD and advised to practice yoga practices (suksmavyayama, cleansing techniques, asana, breathing practices and relaxation)for a period of six months. The objective of this case was to explore the effect of three months yoga practice and follow up on lung function, exercise capacity and modified life style. His Forced Expiratory Volume(FEV1)and other parameters were taken in the beginning and at the end of intervention. The invention was categorized in three phases for three months. The patient was not able to practice all yoga techniques when came to therapy center. After three months the patient was able to do all yoga practices on his own. He reported that after three months the intake of medicine also reduced and he started experiencing feeling of wellbeing. All the practices were focused to make the patient breathe deeply with expanded chest. These practices were effective to give the bronchodilatory effect. Thus, in this way, an integrated approach to disease like COPD can be effectively managed and improvement in Quality of Life will be exhibited. Yoga, particularly breathing methods, can be a beneficial adjunct intervention for COPD patients. In future studies, the safety of yoga should be examined in more depth.

Key Words: - COPD, Yoga, Breathing exercise, Cleansing technique.


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