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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Effect of specific yoga mudras on respiratory efficiency in asthma patients

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Article Type : Research Article

Author Details: S Anu,A S Kaniethapriya*,Rohit Paul,Jeyashree

Volume : 6

Issue : 3

Online ISSN : 2394-2126

Print ISSN : 2394-2118

Article First Page : 353

Article End Page : 358


Introduction: Hastha Mudras involves hand gestures. The pressure exerted by the fingertips stimulates the
peripheral nerve endings. This in turn sends signals to the central nervous system to bring about the specific
response by modulating the autonomic nervous system, depending on the type of mudra performed. The
effect of mudras in improving cardiovascular and neurological parameters was recorded in previous studies.
The present study was done to find out the efficiency of lung specific mudras in improving respiratory
parameters in stable asthmatics.
Materials and Methods: 50 Asthma patients in the age group of 20- 50years were divided randomly into
study group (n=25) who practiced mudras for 30 minutes and control group (n=25) who did not do the
intervention. Respiratory efficiency tests were measured before and after 30 minutes using peak flow meter,
and mercury sphygmomanometer. The tests include Peak Expiratory Flow Rate (PEFR), Breath Holding
Time (BHT), Sniders Test (ST), Expiratory Blast Test (EBT) and Respiratory Endurance Test (RET).
Results: Statistically significant improvement was seen in all the parameters except for sniders test. Control
group showed no significant change.
Conclusion: Lung specific mudras could improve the respiratory function in asthma patients when
practiced along with focused breathing.

Keywords: Mudras, Asthma, Respiratory efficiency.

Doi :-https://doi.org/10.18231/j.ijcap.2019.077