Breathwork May be Accessible Alternative for Anxiety Treatment

A new review suggests breathwork interventions may be a useful but under-researched non-drug alternative for anxiety treatment.

This report by Woanjun Lee has been published by Mad in America. It begins:

“Breathwork is often seen as a method to alleviate distress in yoga and meditation. However, less attention has been paid to studying breathwork as a non-drug intervention for anxiety treatment.

According to the new scoping review of breathwork published in Brain Sciences, existing studies suggest that varying breathwork interventions may help treat anxiety-related disorders.

The researchers, led by Dr. Blerida Banushi, highlight the importance of breathwork as an accessible and potentially effective intervention that can alleviate some of the increasing demands on existing mental health services.

‘Despite their prevalence and disease burden, anxiety disorders remain under-diagnosed and under-treated,’ the authors write. ‘Although pharmacological and psychotherapeutic options are available, many patients do not seek treatment and often face practical limitations, such as service cost, undesirable side effects, or lack of access to providers, and prefer to self-manage their condition instead … Hence, there is a need for cost-effective, non-pharmacologic, and self-administered therapies that can be utilized by large populations to relieve stress and anxiety.’ …”

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