According to The Independent, breathing exercises can cut asthma symptoms by a third.
The Papworth Method is a sequence of breathing and relaxation exercises that was developed in England in the 1960s. The technique was recently test in a randomized, controlled trial, and patients who learned the method experienced a third less symptoms.
Elizabeth Holloway, a research physiotherapist and leader of the study, says, ‘Some of us who use it know it works but there was no scientific evidence. That is why I did the study. Younger doctors don't know about it – over the last several decades the emphasis has been on medication.’
‘It is about breathing like Richard Burton [the Welsh actor] who delivered his lines from deep down in his abdomen,’ continues Holloway. ‘It is not just psychological, it is physical – patients need to learn to drop their shoulders, relax their tummies and breathe calmly and appropriately. They gain greater control and confidence.’