How can breathing exercises help deal with asthma?

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases. It makes breathing difficult due to the narrowing of the airways. While asthma symptoms can differ from person to person, common symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. A person who has difficulty breathing during an attack may panic, which makes breathing more difficult, creating a vicious cycle.

Inhalers facilitate breathing by dilating the airways. Breathing exercises, which can be used as an alternative to medication in some cases and as a complementary method in others, can help relieve symptoms and relieve attacks. The therapeutic and restorative effects of breathing also help patients cope with asthma emotionally and psychologically.

Excessive breathing (hyperventilation) symptoms are seen more frequently in patients with asthma than other primary care patients. Hyperventilation syndrome occurs when the carbon dioxide (CO2) level decreases due to excessive breathing for a long time and causes many health problems.

Studies prove that shallow breathing training that keeps CO2 levels under control in the long term is effective in dealing with asthma attacks. Patients who practise regular breathing exercises have better attack control, alleviation of asthma symptoms, improvement in lung function, and an increase in quality of life.