Hypnotherapy for Asthma
What is Asthma?
It is a chronic disease that is caused by certain environmental factors. It can also be genetic, or a combination of both factors. There are several environmental factors that can be associated with an asthma attack. Exposure to allergens, pollution and chemicals can be great contributing factors. Indoor allergens like molds, animal dander, cockroaches, and mites are known trigger factors of asthma. Sometimes, allergies to certain insect bites, plants, and chemicals can trigger asthma. Genetics also play a big role in having asthma. For instance, a twin has 25% more chances of having asthma if his or her twin has the disease. Asthma can also be triggered by stress and excessive exercise.
Symptoms of Asthma
Asthma is mainly characterised by the inflammation of bronchial tubes, which is followed by an increased production of secretions inside them. Common symptoms of asthma may include:
• tightened airways
• coughing and wheezing
• mucus-filled airways
• shortness of breath
• pain and pressure and the feeling of tightness on the chest
Doctors usually offer various types of treatments. There are controller medications, which are generally the most important kind of therapy since these medications prevent asthma attacks from occurring. In addition, there are quick-relief drugs that relieve asthma symptoms rapidly. The most common treatment for asthma, however, is the asthma inhaler. It is a handheld tool that delivers treatment right into the lungs, thus relieving the symptoms faster. Nevertheless, like with any other medications, using asthma-controlling drugs has its side effects. For instance, a brand of inhalation aerosol has listed heart problems and higher blood pressure among its possible side effects. Controller medications, on the other hand, can pose a slight risk of developing sore throat and tongue and even oral thrush.
Hypnosis as a Form of Treatment for Asthma
Various studies show that hypnosis can positively affect asthma patients. According to research, hypnosis is effective in treating illness-related symptoms including abnormal airway obstructions that asthma sufferers experience. A separate study shows highly-significant results where 12 asthmatic participants showed 74.9% improvement in the abnormal responsiveness of the bronchial passage. Moreover, they showed a drop in bronchodilator or inhaler use by 26.2%.
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