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Yogic Breathing for Asthma Attacks

For asthma sufferers, learning to breathe more slowly may reduce the severity of an attack.

Based on promising earlier research, scientists at Southern Methodist University are exploring the effects of a training program (combining breathing exercises with biofeedback) on carbon dioxide levels in 120 asthma patients. 

"Techniques derived from yoga breathing can help you feel calmer and possibly open up your chest and increase your respiratory capacity," explains Benjamin Kligler, M.D., vice chair of the Beth Israel Department of Integrative Medicine in New York City. 

While taking part in asthma-patient-targeted breathing training may be ideal, Kligler adds, "any type of mind-body activity -- whether it's meditation or visualization -- can help you manage asthma by reducing stress."

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