Zega CTA, Yunus F, Wiyono WH. J Respir Indones. 2011;31(2):72-80.
Background : The administration of controlled drug is a part of asthma management. Beside of this, regular exercise may also reduce asthma symptoms. The following clinical experimental study was conducted to evaluate the benefit of the Indonesian Asthma Gymnastic (IAG) and Merpati Putih Gymnastic (MPG).
Method : Fifty four mild and moderate persistent asthma patients participated in this study. They were divided into three groups; the first group consisted of 16 patients who performed AIG three times a week regularly for 12 weeks, the second group consisted of 18 patients who performed MPG three times a week regularly for 12
weeks, and the third group namely the control group did not perform these exercises. These groups visited the clinic for controlling and taking medication once a month. After completing the program, the AIG and MPG groups showed. Significant decrease of asthma symptoms and used of bronchodilator. Significant increase of morning and evening PEFR, FEV1 and FCV. However, AIG group showed higher meaningful increase of PEFR, FEV1 and FCV than the MPG group. Significant decrease of haemoglobyn, haematocryt and blood eosinophil count
Conclusion : We conclude that the Indonesian Asthma Gymnastic and Merpati Putih Gymnastic performed regularly for three times a weeks for 12 weeks, can improve patient’s physical fitness, lung function and blood count.
Keywords: asthma gymnastic, clinical symptoms, lung function, blood eosinophil count