Breathwork is a broad term that encompasses a variety of techniques that involve the use of breathing to improve physical and mental well-being. Some forms of breathwork have been studied by scientists, while others have not. Now let us talk about some forms of breathwork that have been studied by scientists:
 A study published in the Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention found that a 12-week program of diaphragmatic breathing led to a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety and depression in a group of people with heart disease.
A different study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that slow-paced, diaphragmatic breathing led to a reduction in blood pressure in people with hypertension.
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine also published a study which found that a form of yoga breathing called "Sudarshan Kriya" had a positive effect on mood, anxiety, and stress in a group of people with depression.
 Another study published in the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine found that a form of breathwork called "Coherent Breathing" helped to reduce symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress in a group of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Lastly, a study published in the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation also found that rebirthing breathwork has a positive impact on individuals who have been diagnosed with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) specifically.
It's worth noting that while there are some studies that have found beneficial effects of certain forms of breathwork, more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits and risks of these techniques. Also, since breathwork practices are diverse and encompass a lot of different techniques, we should not generalize their effects or conclusions. It's always a good idea to speak with a qualified healthcare professional before starting any new form of breathwork, particularly if you have a pre-existing health condition or are taking medication.
 Franklin, B. A., Brubaker, P. H., Harber, M. P., Lavie, C. J., Myers, J., & Kaminsky, L. A. (2020). The Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention at 40 Years and Its Role in Promoting Lifestyle Medicine for Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention, 40(3), 131–137. https://doi.org/10.1097/hcr.0000000000000514
 Johnson, J. (2022, October 13). What to know about diaphragmatic breathing. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/diaphragmatic-breathing
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