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Background: Allergic rhinitis (AR) is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the nasal mucosa that can have a substantial impact on one's quality of life. The purpose of this two-group randomized, waitlist-controlled trial was to determine the efficacy of a Shuddhi Kriya-based yoga programme (SKYP) in the management of AR.
Methods: The study comprised 60 individuals who had been suffering from moderate to severe chronic allergic rhinitis for more than a year were randomly assigned to either a yoga or a control group. Seven patients were withdrawn from the yoga and control groups, leaving 53 patients (yoga = 27 and control = 26). For eight weeks, the yoga group participated in the SKYP module for around 60 minutes each day, four days a week. The nasal symptom score (TNSS), the Mini-Rhinosinositis quality of life questionnaire (mini-RQLQ), the PEFR, and the PNIF were all measured before and after the 8-week treatment period.
Results: SKYP appears to be beneficial in the reduction of nasal symptoms, enhance quality of life, non-nasal symptoms and nasal passage potency on the PNIF meter. Despite considerable reductions in mean symptom scores, SKYP had no effect on the 12-hour morning score for nasal congestion, nasal itching, sneezing, difficulty sleeping, or peak expiratory capacity in individuals with allergic rhinitis.
Conclusion: The results of the present study conclude that Yogic practices seem appropriate in reducing nasal and ocular symptoms furthermore yoga can improve quality of life and nasal potency for individuals with AR.