YOGA THERAPY IN ASTHMA, DIABETES AND HEART DISEASE

( By The Yoga Institute )

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Scientific Results of the Airway Camp

A special seven days residential camp for patients with asthma and bronchitis gave very satisfactory results. 26 participants attended the course.

A lung function test was done on the day of the scrutiny and one month later.

The following participants who came for the second check up a month later had a lung function test repeated.

The following chart shows the improvement seen in the patients. The two patients MM and PF who do not show improvement had not been practising the practices taught to them during the residential stay as both of them had other illnesses. Since then they have started coming to the classes and their vital capacity has markedly increased.



PEFR Values at
Sr. NoPatient's NameCommencementConclusionPercentage Gain
1RC326346+6
2MK289410+42
3BK354380+7
4PD93250+169
5NVK250380+52
6MCA170280+47
7JN185200+8
8VJ70140+100
9KM190220+15
10END75130+73
11MM450410-10
12ADS416420+10
13PF181110-64

Dr. A. A. Mahashur who assisted with the Airway camp so willingly and ably on his clinical examination gave a special report to each of the patients and felt that those who had been practising Yoga regularly for the one month period showed a marked improvement in their condition.

Smt. Sushma Nagarkar a trained psychologist gave psychological tests before and after the camp. The test used was the Rozensweig P. F. Study. She made some interesting observations. "The asthmatics as a group, seemed to be motivated to choose answers that created a favourable impression. This happened during the first testing session. Edwards (1957) who first investigated this social desirability variable conceptualised it primarily as a facade effect or a tendency to put up a good front of which the respondent is largely unaware. This tendency may indicate lack of insight into one's own characteristics, self-deception or an unwillingness to face one's own limitations. Other investigators have proposed that the individuals may have a strong need for self-protection and social approval. There was a significant drop in "the social desirability" at the end of the camp. It was statistically significant t 3.33p < 0.05. Clinical interviews also corroborate the hypothesis that insight into one's own personal characteristics may have significantly affected this social desirability score. In the first few days, it was found that the participants were largely ignorant of the connection between their emotional states and the onset of the attack. During subsequent interviews it was found that the patients attributed an attack atleast in part, to some sort of emotionally stressful situation. Some sort of insight dawned as to possible patterns and reasons for precipitating an attack at a particular time."

"Another fact that seemed to emerge from the psychological test administered was concerned with the way asthmatics handled frustrating situations. As a group they seemed to view a frustrating situation as a threat to themselves. This score was significantly higher than the norm for the population. (The test used was Rozensweig P. F. study adult percentage score compared to the available norms). There was much less frequent goal directed activity in trying to resolve the source of frustration as compared to the general population. It must be cautioned that one cannot draw a set conclusion

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