Meditation helps with Asthma

Sahaja Yoga Meditation - Scientific StudiesAsthma is a chronic inflammation of the lungs in which the airways (bronchi) are reversibly narrowed.

When a person with asthma comes into contact with something that irritates their airways (an asthma trigger), the muscles around the walls of the airways tighten so that the airways become narrower and the lining of the airways becomes inflamed and starts to swell. Sometimes sticky mucus or phlegm builds up which can further narrow the airways.

The symptoms of asthma include:

  1. Coughing
  2. Wheezing
  3. Shortness of breath
  4. Tightness in the chest

Benefits of meditation in Asthma

Given the effects of mediation on reducing sympathetic activity and respiratory rates, several studies have investigated whether meditation would have an effect on respiratory diseases.

A study conducted at the Natural Therapies Unit of the Royal Hospital for women, in Sydney, Australia, showed a significant beneficial effect of Sahaja Yoga on Asthma patients who were resistent to steroids (Manocha et al., 2000).

47 patients with severe asthma were randomly allocated to two groups: one group received Sahaja Yoga Meditation treatment (21 patients), the other group received general relaxation treatment (26 patients), both conducted over 4 months and involving a 2 hour session.

The Sahaja Yoga Meditation group showed a significant reduction in the severity of asthma as measured in airway-hyper-responsivity in response to chemical challenge (an objective indicator of the severity of asthma) compared to the control group who received relaxation.
Chugh D. (1997): The effects of Sahaja Yoga in bronchial asthma and essential hypertension. New Delhi Medicos 13(5):46-47.

Manocha R, Marks GB, Kennhington P, Peters D, Salome CM. (2002): Sahaia yoga in the management of moderate to severe asthma: a randomised controlled trial. Thorax 57(2):110-115.

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  • sam
    May 19, 2011
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    This is good news since i have asthma, thank you.



  • sam
    Dec 27, 2012
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    I have asthma as well and have started meditating now and found it helps me a lot. Also cool to see only Sam’s on this comment board lol



  • Luca Samson
    May 5, 2013
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    I have had asthma since I was a kid and I had no idea that you can meditate to relieve the symptoms of it. I am definantly going to be using these techniques in the future!

    Thanks for the information!



  • Sharon
    Nov 1, 2013
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    Ever since I moved from Tennessee to Wyoming I sure can feel the difference when it comes to humidity to high elevation when getting asthma (had asthma all my life). I am trying to get over the asthma from high elevation, but I don’t know how. Could u give me some tips/techniques on how to get rid of my asthma please. {Been living in WY for 3 yrs. now & love living out here}.



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