Managing Asthma Requires a Multifaceted Approach
Crystal Maceira, CBP, LMT, MH
July – August 2023 • Vol 4, No 5
Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways. It affects millions of people worldwide, causing difficulty in breathing, coughing, chest tightness, wheezing, and other symptoms. While there is no cure for asthma, several therapies can help ease its burden on individuals’ lives. Here are some of them:
- Medications – There are various medicines available to manage asthma symptoms, such as bronchodilators, steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, leukotriene modifiers, and combination treatments. These medicines work differently but aim at reducing inflammation, opening up blocked airways, and preventing future attacks.
- Inhalers – Inhalers are devices used to deliver medicine directly into the lungs where it is needed most. They come in different types, including metered dose inhalers (MDIs), dry powder inhalers, and nebulizers. MDI inhalers are the most common type used for asthma treatment.
- Allergens Avoidance – Some people with asthma may have allergies that trigger their symptoms. To avoid allergy triggers, one should identify what they are allergic to and eliminate or reduce exposure to those substances. This could include dust mites, pollen, pets, mold, and certain foods.
- Herbs for Asthma – Several herbal remedies have been found effective in managing asthma symptoms. For example, ginger has been shown to reduce inflammation and improve lung function, while turmeric contains compounds with anti-inflammatory properties. Other herbs like licorice root, fenugreek seed, and ashwagandha also show promise in treating asthma. Here at Positive Life Changes, LLC, we have many herbs that have been known to help ease the symptoms of Asthma. I have personally used Asthma Breathe Free Herbal Formula Tincture when I had asthma symptoms from the Covid-19. This effective formula was able to help heal my lungs so I could get back to the activities I love, such as walking. Mention this article for a 20% discount on this or other products available.
- Supplements for Asthma – Certain supplements may be helpful in managing asthma symptoms. Vitamin C, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, and vitamin D are among the supplements that have been linked to improved lung function and reduced asthma severity. However, consult your healthcare provider before taking any supplements.
- Lifestyle Changes to Manage Asthma Symptoms – Making lifestyle changes can also help ease the burden of asthma. Exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, quit smoking, avoid triggers if possible, get enough sleep, and follow your doctor’s advice on medication use. Additionally, practicing relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises can help reduce stress and anxiety, which can worsen asthma symptoms.
- Bowenwork is another option to relieve the symptoms of breathing difficulties. It takes the body out of “fight or flight” into the “rest and digest” to give the body the tools it needs to heal. I also teach a 4-hour Introduction to Bowenwork class. This class can teach moves that can help a person recover from an asthma attack. (See additional information below.)
- Coping with an Asthma Attack – An asthma attack occurs when symptoms become more severe and require immediate medical attention. During an attack, use your quick-relief medication, sit upright, take slow deep breaths, and stay calm. If symptoms persist, even after using quick-relief medication, seek emergency care.
In conclusion, managing asthma requires a multifaceted approach involving medications, inhalers, allergen avoidance, herbs, supplements, lifestyle changes, and coping strategies. By following these therapies, individuals can lead fulfilling lives despite having asthma. Call or email us at Positive Life Changes, LLC for a consultation of what thera-pies will help you ease the burden of asthma.
— Breath Well! Crystal
INTRODUCTION TO BOWENWORK® with Crystal Maceira, CBP
Bowenwork is a gentle, effective, noninvasive touch therapy that stimulates the body’s ability to heal itself. It is safe and appropriate for all. Bowenwork can be done through clothing. In our four-hour, introductory class, offered regularly, you will learn to apply key elements of Bowenwork to different parts of the body to:
- Ease breathing difficulties
- Relieve muscle tension, joint pain or stiffness
- Ease heartburn, acid reflux and other gastrointestinal complaints
- Relieve neck, back and knee pain
- Address injuries
Bowenwork is safe and appropriate for all—from infants to the elderly and from elite athletes to people with chronic conditions, such as asthma. Bowenwork—the complement to complementary therapies —places wellness in your hands! Contact Crystal Maceira for class availability & locations, or go to: AmericanBowen.academy and click on “Find a class.”