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Tai chi and yoga significantly improves lung function

Yoga and Tai chi can have significant improvement and may have benefits in terms of lung capacity measurements in COPD patients. These mind-body exercises could even give better benefits that the traditional pulmonary rehabilitation does not do, reveals a systematic review and meta-analysis. The findings of study, published in the journal Annals of Medicine under the title “Effect of pulmonary rehabilitation in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials,” suggests that pulmonary rehabilitation can ease several COPD symptoms, including shortness of breath and fatigue, and improves exercise endurance and many areas of health-related quality of life as compared to the traditional community care. At the same time, Yoga and Tai Chi were also found to improve the FEV1% predicted value significantly.

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