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Asthma occurs when your airways narrow making it difficult for air to get into your lungs. It can be caused by a number of things e.g. an allergy (inhaled or otherwise), irritants (like wheat, dust, pollution or other chemicals sometimes found in your household), or an overactive immune response. It is often triggered/made worse by stress & overweight & may even be psychosomatic.
Whatever causes it, the response is that muscles in your airways go into spasm, causing your airway to narrow. Sometimes your body has a protective response of producing mucous which actually makes the attack worse. Contracting bronchitis can make the sufferer worse as the bronchioles (tiny tubes which allow your body to take air to your lungs) in your airway become inflamed.
are some tips as to what you can do to improve your health & help put you
back in the driving seat. Go for the easier options first because you are more
likely to stick with these lifestyle changes if they work.
dairy products like cheese, yogurt, butter, milk etc. TRY alternatives like soya,
rice milk etc.
processed foods, jams, cider, wine, SUGAR! (check all your labels, I guarantee
it will shock you!), tea, coffee, chocolate to detox your body & give it a
fighting chance to become healthy & balanced.
-Use benzoin, frankincense, may chang & lavender oils in your bath, on a tissue to inhale, or burn them in a burner. These address the physical symptoms, as well as any emotional reasons that may trigger or worsen an attack.
-There are acupressure points that help which can be combined with massage, especially at the top of the spine in the neck area to relieve symptoms & bring about a relaxed state of mind. Please feel free to contact me for an appointment if you wish. Alternatively contact a qualified acupuncturist for further support.
-Some people find that osteopathy & chiropractors can ease the problem, again to ease any impingements around the neck area which may contribute to the condition.
find the Alexander Technique, Homeopathy (especially for allergy based
asthma), acupuncture, psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, & taking up yoga
-Try eating plenty of garlic & onions to boost your immune system naturally.
at your diet. Are you getting enough Omega 3 oils, B vitamins, etc? If
you are worried, then make changes to your diet, & get support from a nutritionist
or from your local health food shop.
-Others find the herbs coltsfoot, hyssop of gingko helpful. See your health food shop for advice.
pollutants & allergens, e.g. chemicals, feathers, cats?, & go natural
where you can. This includes all household cleaners, toiletries & make up.
-On a psychological level, are you the sort of person who finds it hard to let go & accept things as they are now; do you react to a breach of your boundaries or feel they have been lost; do you find it hard to trust people? You may need to think about forgiveness, acceptance, letting go, trusting & moving on. The Aborigines call this closing the circle & moving on. If you need support to do this, a psychotherapist, counsellor, hypnotherapist or aromatherapy massage therapist may be able to give you a helping hand in the right direction.