The word asthma comes from the Greek word for panting. It is caused by a swelling in the air carrying passages, consequently restricting the free flowing movement of air. Asthma is the most common childhood chronic disease and there is no cure for it. Adults can, of course, also suffer from bouts of asthma. In most people it is not a constant problem, it comes and goes, and in varying degrees. It is thought to be genetic and can be provoked by various activities or situations. Stress, diet, infection and other factors can cause or worsen asthma.
There are various treatments available, the most common being an inhaler. But there are other lifestyle changes that can be made to reduce the symptoms. These are mostly concerned with dietary modifications. Cutting out certain foods containing ingredients that have been shown to exacerbate asthmatic conditions can be a tremendous help. Simply losing weight will also improve your condition and, of course, smoking should be avoided. Some of the specific types of asthma treatment that have seen dramatic results with some patients include:
Asthma Treatment by Yoga
The rhythmic breathing and stretching associated with yoga can be beneficial to reduce the incidences of asthma. Another benefit of yoga is that it reduces stress levels, which have been observed as a trigger for asthmatic attacks.
There has been some improvement in asthmatic patients following hypnotherapy sessions, possibly directly associated with the muscle relaxation that occurs during hypnotherapy.
Acupuncture for Asthma
As previously outlined, acupuncture, which involves the insertion of hair thin needles in the body to open the chi, or body’s natural energy channels, can have a beneficial effect on asthmatic patients.
This involves the patient being enclosed in a room with controlled amounts of natural salts. The tiny particles of salt have shown to have a beneficial effect.
Homeopathy Treatment for Asthma
This concept is similar to that of the flu vaccine. By exposing the patient to a controlled amount of the irritant that could be the cause of the asthma, the body may be able to construct a natural cure. If you are an asthma sufferer and you have become frustrated with the inability of your doctor to provide you with any relief, a consultation with one of our practitioners may provide you with some of the information and strategies that will improve your quality of life.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.