What is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition where the airways to your lungs become inflamed. This can make it hard for you to breathe and can cause coughing and wheezing. In this article we’ll discuss the different asthma treatment options including Chinese Medicine.
Before recommending treatment, your doctor will typically check what type of asthma you have and its severity. Based on this, your doctor may prescribe medications for you. The four main types of asthma medications are quick relief, long-term control, and a combination of quick relief and long-term control medications, and biologics. Be sure to discuss carefully with your doctor before taking any medication, as these usually come with the risk of side effects.
Asthma Treatment: Quick Relief Medications
These medications are for immediate use when you are having symptoms or an asthma attack. The most common quick relief medications are bronchodilators which relax the muscles around your airways. These can provide relief within minutes and are usually taken through an inhaler. Always sit down with an upright torso when you have asthma symptoms, as this can also help provide relief.
Asthma Treatment: Long-Term Control Medications
These asthma medications are taken every day to reduce the severity and number of asthma attacks. Long-term control medications include anti-inflammatories, long-acting bronchodilators, and anticholinergics. Anti-inflammatory medications can help to reduce swelling in your airways, while anticholinergics help prevent your muscles tightening around your airways. Long-acting bronchodilators should only be taken in combination with anti-inflammatories.
Asthma Treatment: Biologics
If your asthma symptoms don’t get better with other treatments, your doctor may recommend biologics. These medications target specific antibodies, to disrupt the process that leads to inflamed airways.
When to See Your Doctor:
If you have an asthma attack that lasts for over 20 minutes and doesn’t improve after taking a second dose of your medication, seek urgent medical attention. You should also see your doctor if your asthma is making you feel weak, preventing you from doing your daily activities, or if you are coughing or wheezing constantly. If you have asthma, you should generally see your doctor once a year to manage your condition.
How Can Chinese Medicine Help?
If you’d like to treat asthma in a natural, holistic way, Chinese Medicine could be right for you. While most asthma treatment options involve suppressing your symptoms, Chinese Medicine treatment focuses on addressing the underlying cause of your condition. Chinese Medicine is also a great option because it rarely presents the risk of harmful side effects.
To address the underlying cause of your symptoms, your Chinese Medicine practitioner will need to analyse your symptoms and may also take your pulse. Once they have deduced the underlying imbalance in your body, they’ll design a unique treatment plan for you.
Most of the time, our health problems arise due to an imbalance in our organs. For example, if your lungs are too weak you may be more susceptible to conditions like asthma. Chinese Medicine focuses on identifying any weaker organs in your body, then strengthening them through techniques like acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. When your organs are all healthy and functioning properly your body can heal itself. That way, your symptoms will subside automatically.
Overall, asthma is when your airways get inflamed, making it hard to breathe. Common asthma treatments involve quick relief and long-term control medications, which help to reduce symptoms. On the other hand, Chinese Medicine can help treat your asthma by addressing underlying health problems like organ imbalances. Once your organs are functioning properly, your body will be able to heal symptoms like asthma.
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