How Your Asthma Can Help You Heal
As medical science delves deeper into the connection between mind and body, intriguing research is uncovering the connection between asthma and your emotional health. Which asthma-associated mindset are you?
Date: 7/1/2007 2:32:27 PM ( 16 y ) ... viewed 2525 times
The diagnosis of asthma could mean more to you than just putting a name on the inflammatory process occurring in your lungs. As medical science delves deeper into the connection between mind and body, intriguing research is uncovering the connection between asthma and your emotional health.
Current treatments for asthma are largely focused on symptomatic control. However, because asthma is generally associated with depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks, some researchers are attempting to discover whether the treatment of the mental and emotional spectrum associated with asthma will result in less dependence on medication and improved quality of life.
The results have been encouraging. One study suggests that treatment of depression in asthmatic patients may be a valuable contribution to the management of asthma. Another study found that almost half of adults with asthma who participated in mental imagery exercises were able to reduce or discontinue their medication. Asthmatic symptoms in children were also shown to remit or greatly improve when hypnosis was used to heal maternal-infant bonds.
As medical researchers continue their search for answers, holistic healthcare practitioners are turning to healing modalities that have extensive histories in the treatment of mental and emotional imbalances. Reference books for homeopathic remedies contain detailed descriptions of the mental/emotional symptoms each remedy treats as well as the physical conditions they are associated with.
If you are suffering from asthma, take this opportunity to examine your own mind-body connection. By focusing on healing your mental/emotional self you will likely experience an improvement in your asthma and possibly your overall health. Consider the following "mindsets" that have been associated with asthma in homeopathy:
Mindset 1: hyperactivity, excitability, impulsiveness, restlessness
Mindset 2: insecurity, depression, feelings of inadequacy, apprehension
Mindset 3: depression, timidity, shyness, passivity, tendency to embarrass
Mindset 4: sexual guilt & depression or denial
If you identify with any of these mindsets you can turn to homeopathy to help you heal. Importantly, homeopathy is safe for children and there are no drug interactions with homeopathic medicines so you can safely continue to take any of your present medications for as long as they are needed. Find a homeopathic practitioner in your area, or for a more economical approach, purchase homeopathic medicines which are pre-formulated to address these mindsets. Homeopathic medicines for the mind & body are available in many healthfood stores and online sites.
Brown ES. A randomized trial of citalopram versus placebo in outpatients with asthma and major depressive disorder: A proof of concept study. Biol Psychiatry. 2005 58:865--870.
Epstein GN. A pilot study of mind-body changes in adults with asthma who practice mental imagery. Altern Ther Health Med. 2004 Jul-Aug;10(4):66-71
King, F. SafeCareRx: Homeopathic Mind & Body Reference Manual. 2006
Madrid A. Helping children with asthma by repairing maternal-infant bonding problems. Am J Clin Hypn. 2005 Oct-2006 Jan;48(2-3):199-211
About the Author
Nicole Evans is an alternative medicine researcher/developer turned medical student. In her spare time she works with King Bio, a homeopathic company dedicated to empowering people to safely and naturally improve their health. Visit
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