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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a condition you may experience when there is inflammation of your airways, making it hard to breathe.  An asthma attack is when your asthma symptoms become more severe.  During an asthma attack, you might experience coughing, wheezing, and a tight chest.  In this article we’ll discuss the causes and prevention of asthma and how Chinese Medicine can help.

Asthma Causes:

You may develop asthma during childhood, or you may get it as an adult.  Researchers aren’t yet sure what the exact cause of asthma is.  A variety of possible factors may cause you to get asthma, including:

  • History of severe infections
  • Genetics
  • Weak immune system from insufficient exposure to bacteria during childhood

Certain triggers may also bring on asthma. They can also make your symptoms worse.  Asthma triggers include:

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  • Allergens
  • Pests
  • Medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and aspirin
  • Intense emotions
  • Exercise
  • Respiratory infections
  • Environmental irritants

Although many people have asthma, they may be sensitive to different triggers.

Prevention of Asthma:

Mainstream medicine is not yet sure how to prevent asthma conditions from occurring. However, there are certain steps you can take to help prevent an asthma attack.  Some of these steps include:

  • Avoiding triggers and allergens
  • Taking preventative medication
  • Allergen immunotherapy

You can also take steps in your everyday life to get healthier.  If your overall health is stronger, you’ll be less likely to have asthma attacks.  Everyday lifestyle tips include:

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  • Regular exercise – although exercise may be a trigger for asthma attacks, physical fitness is an important step in strengthening your lungs to help prevent asthma attacks in future
  • Maintain a healthy body weight
  • Consume many nutritious foods, especially fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Reduce stress

How Can Chinese Medicine Help?

If you have asthma and are looking for a natural but effective treatment, Chinese Medicine is an excellent option.  Chinese Medicine can help you heal many conditions including asthma, by addressing the underlying imbalances in your body.  We often develop health conditions due to internal health problems, like imbalances in our organs.

Chinese Medicine understands that all the organs in our bodies are connected.  If one organ is too weak this can affect other parts of the body.  For example, your lungs and large intestine control your breathing, bowel motions, and skin.  If your lungs or large intestine are out of balance, you could be vulnerable to breathing problems like asthma.

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To fully heal conditions like asthma, we need to make sure our bodies are healthy on the inside first.  Your Chinese Medicine practitioner will be able to find out which of your organs are out of balance by analysing your symptoms.  From there, they can strengthen these organs through specific techniques like acupuncture, acupressure, or Chinese herbs.  Once your body is healthy on the inside, it will be able to heal problems like asthma.

Conclusion:

Overall, asthma is an inflammatory condition of the airways.  This can be dangerous, as it makes breathing difficult.   Possible asthma causes include weakened immune system, genetics, and history of infections.  Triggers like allergens and some medications could also bring on an asthma attack. Luckily, you can help prevent asthma attacks by avoiding triggers and improving your overall health through exercise, diet, and reducing stress.  Chinese Medicine is a great way to treat asthma, as it deals with the underlying cause of your condition.

For more information about asthma and Chinese Medicine, please see our webpage at https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/asthma/.

To find out more about how Chinese Medicine can help you treat health problems, please see our webpage at https://balancetcm.co.nz/.

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Centre of Balance: Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine (n.d.).  Archive for category: Asthma.  https://balancetcm.co.nz/category/asthma/

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Holland, K. & Goldman, L. (2021, October 27). Asthma: Symptoms, Treatment, and Prevention. Healthline. https://www.healthline.com/health/asthma