LOCATION: Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Lung specialists in Kyrgyzstan are prescribing patients with traditional dance

after poor air quality in the country left thousands suffering from lung disease

One team claims this ‘Kara Jorgo’ dance has shown great potential

as part of their clinic’s ‘pulmonary rehabilitation’

(Aijan Taalaibekova, National Centre of Cardiology and Therapy Pulmonologist):

“We found out that this dance helps patients with chronic lung diseases, because when people dance this dance, all the muscles, all the joints are involved, especially in the upper body. And all this helps you breathe, helps you strengthen the respiratory muscles, and thereby helps to improve quality of life.”

(Mederkul Zholdoshev, Hospital patient):

“I was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. I’ve been here for a week already. Thank God, it’s good; there is progress. I’ve been registered; I’ll keep coming here now. I am 59 years old and I have never danced in my life, so the medical staff will teach me to dance by the age of 60. I just follow the movements. It turned out to be really useful for the chest and the whole body. The chest opens up, the air enters easily and it became easier to breathe. I feel great all day.”

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