Breathing exercises for asthma: panacea or placebo?

Pearson, Mike G.
December 2007
Thorax;Dec2007, Vol. 62 Issue 12, p1033
Academic Journal
The author reflects on the randomised trial of adding the Papworth technique, a combination of breathing and relaxation exercises introduced for hyperventilation syndromes, to care in patients with asthma in Great Britain. Research shows that exercise-induced asthma and voluntary hyperventilation without exercise can both induce bronchospasm in sensitive individuals' with little inflammation. Moreover, the author stated that the said research is insufficient to change management recommendations.


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