It is our opinion at Nature’s Healthcare that to improve any medical condition and to achieve improved health and wellness, it is important to strive for a sense of balance in one’s life. This involves setting priorities, proper time management, and appropriate lifestyle changes that allow us time for our work, time for our family, as well as time for rest, exercise, personal fulfillment, and spiritual growth. A number of Complementary and Alternative treatment modalities have been studied in asthma therapy and found to be effective.
The NIH established what is now known as the Office of Complementary and Alternative Therapies to evaluate complementary and alternative treatments, in order to determine which are effective. In 1997, the NIH published a consensus statement on the use of acupuncture, which was also published in the JAMA (Journal of the AMA) in December of 1998. The NIH found that acupuncture is useful for adjunctive treatment of asthma, as an acceptable alternative, or as part of a comprehensive asthma management program.
CHIROPRACTIC AND MASSAGE:
Both of these therapies have been used in the treatment of asthma, and have been found to be helpful in reducing the severity of an asthma attack as well as reducing the number of attacks.
It is believed that asthma has an effect on psychological and social factors in the life of the asthmatic patient and his or her family, especially if the asthmatic patient is a child. The asthmatic child and his family may not be aware of such problems, or if there is a suspicion of a problem, they may not consider that asthma may be responsible. A number of psychological studies have been done to determine if psychotherapy has a place in the treatment of some asthmatic patients, and it has been shown that selected patients and their families benefit from psychological intervention as part of their asthma therapy. We would be happy to discuss with you this issue, and to help you determine if some form of psychological therapy or intervention would be of benefit. Individual therapy would be in order if asthma attacks seem to be brought about as a result of stress or other psychological factors.
YOGA AND MEDITATION:
At Nature’s Healthcare, we believe all of our patients should consider yoga and meditation as a means to achieve balance. As well, a study published in the Lancet in 1990 showed that two pranayama yoga breathing exercises were effective in achieving better asthma control, and should absolutely be considered for patients seeking complementary and alternative treatments for asthma.
While not specifically helpful at reversing the bronchoconstriction of an asthma attack, some forms of aromatherapy are used to relieve nasal congestion, improve drainage of mucous, and soothe irritation of the upper respiratory tract, all of which play a role in the process leading to an asthma attack. Application can be directly around the nostrils or by inhaling from a cloth lavender, eucalyptus, or peppermint.
We are pleased that you have chosen Nature’s Healthcare to assist you in your journey toward improved health and wellness. We hope you find this information helpful in that regard and we look forward to assisting you to implement those therapies you choose as part of your treatment program.