Breathing Exercises Help Treat PTSD


A study by Seppala et al, published in last month’s issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress, looked into the effects of yogic breathing on war veterans with post traumatic stress disorders (PTSD). They found that after the course of controlled breathing exercises the test subjects had reductions in PTSD scores, anxiety symptoms, respiration rate, startle signs and other hyperarousal symptoms. The benefits were still present 1 year later. It’s thought that the breathing exercises help balance the autonomic nervous system.


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