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Natural Remedies and Asthma Breathing

Posted Nov 14 2011 8:30am

Since asthma is related to inflammation of the lungs and constriction of the smooth involuntary bronchiole muscles, how can doing natural remedies such as breathing exercises help alleviate your symptoms?

For starters, it is estimated that about 30% of asthmatics suffer some degree of breathing dysfunction. Bad habits are easily learned when suffering from asthma symptoms and it is not uncommon for those habits to continue in between attacks ñ breathing through the mouth and short, shallow breaths for example.

This type of breathing deprives the lungs of their full potential to effectively exchange oxygen with carbon dioxide. Breathing exercises enforce good habits where the full range of lung function is used. Consequently, the body gets the oxygen it needs and you will feel better, particularly your energy levels. I met a group of wedding photographers raleigh nc recently and one of them was sharing with me about her experience with asthma.

And not only will it make the breathing process more efficient, there is evidence that breathing muscles (diaphragm and lung muscles) are strengthened. So even if breath training doesnít directly improve lung function, eliminating bad habits will improve overall health and quality of life. And this new energy level is important in getting stronger and finding the motivation to attack asthma with a total management plan that results in symptoms being completely controlled ñ with very little, if any, need for medications.

In addition to increased energy levels and stronger lung muscles, there is another benefit to breathing exercises ñeven if it doesnít directly result in increased lung function. And that is when actually enduring an asthma attack.

Anyone who has asthma knows what it is like to struggle for breath. You canít get enough air into your lungs and just as agonizing, you canít seem to get any air out. Asthmatics who practice correct breathing exercises are much more likely to be able to endure, in a controlled manner, an asthma attack than those that don’t.

Controlling asthma cannot be achieved by only using one tool. Multiple tools should be used ñ in addition to the control and relief medications prescribed by your physician. Diet, exercise, trigger controls are all essential components; and so is a good and consistent program of breathing exercises. Just one tool won’t get rid of your asthma symptoms. But using all the tools available to you can and there is no reason you can’t enjoy a symptom free lifestyle.

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