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Asthma

The "Cross Training" Support Program ® was developed by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac as a multi-layered health system for healing. This great resource is for those looking for a sensible and rational easy-to-use guide to the best researched alternative therapies. Developed and referenced from the foremost experts on nutrition, herbs, acupuncture, exercise, homeopathy, healing touch and the metaphysical arts, this program allows one to use an "across the board" methods in health and healing.

The following maladies are all situations that can be helped with Aromatherapy, Herbal Medicine, Acupuncture, Exercise, Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes, Crystals and/or Homeopathy. These "Complementary Therapies" are the 'cross training program' of Alternative Medicine and is only a jumping point in the healing process. You may access other modalities at the menu bar to the left.

*Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease without consulting with a qualified healthcare provider. Please consult your healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your condition. The information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment, or prescription of any kind. The decision to use, or not to use, any information is the sole responsibility of the reader.

Asthma

See also allergies, dermatitis, eczema, lungs.

Asthma is divided into two categories. Intrinsic asthma is when there seems to be no identifiable cause and often starts later in life. This tends to be chronic and long lasting. Extrinsic asthma, which has a cause due to something that is usually inhaled, often triggering an episodic attack. Exercise induced asthma falls under this category and is usually brought on by strong exertion. Asthma is a disorder, which affects the lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. Asthma can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an attack. You must also remove the triggers in your environment that can make your asthma worse.

Asthma attacks occur when, the muscle around the bronchi go into spasm. The bronchi narrow and breathing becomes difficult. Inflammation can also swell the lining of the air tubes. Mucous may increase blockage to the air tubes as well. Symptoms include wheezing, breathlessness, tightness in the chest and coughing.

Western medicine looks at several factors when diagnosing asthma, which include:
Mast cells, which are the allergy-causing cells that release chemicals
Eosinophils, which are a type of white blood cell associated with allergic disease
T lymphocytes, which are also white blood cells associated with allergy and inflammation.

The reason that bronchospasms can be triggered by allergies is that histamine, the chemical most responsible for allergy symptoms, seems to play a role in asthma attacks as well. But many other things besides histamine can trigger an attack: strenuous exercise, cigarette smoke, respiratory infections, industrial chemicals, aspirin, pet dander, indoor pollution and the sulfites added to many foods.

Bronchial asthma, is really another name for asthma. This inflammatory disease of the airways mirrors the signs and symptoms of asthma. With bronchial asthma, the differential symptom is usually excessive coughing or a cough that keeps you awake at night, along with shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing.

Bronchial asthma triggers can be caused by: smoke or smoking, infections such as colds, flu, or pneumonia, allergens such as food, pollen, mold, dust mites, and pet dander, strenuous exercise, air pollution and toxins, weather, especially extreme changes in temperature, drugs (such as aspirin, NSAID, and beta-blockers), food additives (such as MSG), emotional stress and anxiety, singing, laughing, or crying, perfumes, or sprays and/or acid reflux.

In certain cases, the inflammation results in the feelings of chest tightness and breathlessness often felt at night (nocturnal asthma) or in the early morning. Other cases only feel symptoms when they exercise (exercise-induced asthma). Because of the inflammation, the airway hyper-responsiveness occurs as a result of certain triggers.

There is a strong linked between allergies and bronchial asthma. Those with other respiratory disorders such as chronic sinusitis, middle ear infections, and nasal polyps were much more likely to have nighttime awakening due to asthma.

The Asthma Check List

1. First and foremost, remember: there is always something you can do about your health! Learn to incorporate lifestyle change and implement changes that work for you! You can control your asthma by knowing the warning signs of an attack and avoid triggers that cause an attack.

2. Chronic stress has been linked to a worsening of asthma and allergies. Severe anxiety can trigger attacks, and stress generally aggravates asthma symptoms. Get chronic stress under control.

3. If you have asthma you should avoid cigarette smoke, if you smoke, quit.

4. You should do mild exercise...swimming, light aerobics or weight training. Avoid strenuous physical exercise.

5. Eat a healthy diet. Try to determine which foods in your diet trigger attacks and avoid them.

6. Those who are sensitive to mold and outdoor air pollution should consider limiting outdoor activities when levels are high. In hot, humid climates, this may require the use of air conditioning and/or dehumidifiers. In large cities where air pollution problems are prevalent, the number of emergency room visits for asthma attacks increase when the air quality is very poor.

7. Those who are sensitive to pet allergens should not keep pets indoors, ever.

8. Carpets keep allergens embedded within it. Remove carpets especially from the bedroom. Frequent vacuuming will reduce the presence of allergens. If the room has a hard surface floor, it should be damp mopped weekly.

9. Keep household humidity levels at less than 50 percent. This controls dust mites and fungus growth. Mattress covers and pillow case covers provide a barrier between house dust mites and the person with asthma. Down-filled pillows, quilts, or comforters should not be used and stuffed animals and clutter should be removed from bedrooms.

10. Doing relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation benefit lung function by affecting emotional processes, muscles, and breathing.


Nutritional Advise

Water should be a very important part of any nutritional program. Distilled water is best. 6-8 eight ounce glasses a day. Water helps to clear mucus.

Some of the most common types of foods that trigger asthma include milk, eggs, nuts, and seafood. If you're asthmatic, learn which foods can trigger an attack and avoid them.

Even smelling the foods you're sensitive to can bring on an attack. You don't have to eat the foods to be affected. Just the aroma of the food could bring on asthma in some people.

In a study conducted at the Department of Community Medicine of St. Thomas Hospital in London, researchers discovered that table salt could have a life-threatening effect on asthma. A strong correlation was found between table salt purchases and asthma mortality in both men and children. Buying the salt wasn't killing people; eating it was.

Food additives, especially metabisulfite and possibly MSG [monosodium glutamate], can trigger asthma. Most commonly metabisulfite is found in beer wine, shrimp, and dried fruits, particularly apricots. Be aware of the kinds of foods sulfites are in and avoid them. When eating out, ask if MSG or metabisulfite is added to the food, and if so, request it be left out of your meal.

Consider foods such as: fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, oatmeal, brown rice and whole grains. Include onions and garlic in your diet. These foods are a good source of quercetin and mustard oils, which have been shown to inhibit an enzyme causing inflammation.

Consider the Full Spectrum Diet, which includes: phytochemicals (5-7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily), 30 grams of fiber, flavinoids (found in red and purple grapes, red wine and black tea).

Eat green whole foods. Green drinks are a great source of vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll.

Stay away from extremely cold liquids and ice cream. These cold foods can shock the system, triggering and attack.

Consider Juice Therapy or do a juice fast of lemon juice squeezed into 8 oz. of distilled water. Do this three days a month to rid the body of toxins and excess mucus.

Supplements

Vitamin C works in synergy with Vitamin E and helps increase its function. Take 600-1000 mg, twice a day. This is needed to protect lung tissue, increases air flow, fights inflammation and lower infections.

Consider Vitamin E, especially mixed tocopherols, which appears to work in synergy with Vitamin C and is a potent antioxidant. Take 400 IU daily.

A diet that includes Primrose Oil, Flaxseed, flaxseed oil and fish oils contain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which appears to produce anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Take 1,000 mg twice daily before meals.

Bee Pollen has been clinically proven to strengthen the immune system. It is best to start with a little at a time and work your way up to 2 tsp daily. Bee Pollen is soothing to the mucus membranes. Caution should be taken because this may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. That is why it is best to start with a small dose and work your way up.

Honey grown locally in the area in which you are having the asthma triggers can be helpful with the coughing associated with bronchial attack, especially at night.


Managing Your Asthma

Prevention is the key.

Experts warn that you should seek immediate medical attention anytime you're having difficulty breathing. If you were normally taking one or two puffs of your inhaler a week but are now taking three or four or more puffs a day, that's a good sign that you should see your doctor. Frequency of use of medications is what to watch out for.

Maintain a proper diet. Because diet strongly influences asthma reactions.

Living with asthma has to do with living a proper lifestyle. Be in tune to what sets you off. Look at triggers both outside and inside your home. Avoid the situations, which put you in danger.


Herbal Remedies

Angelica This herb has been found to relax the windpipe, which would be very beneficial for asthma or other respiratory ailments.

Anise this old folk remedy actually contains compounds known as creosol and alpha-pinene, which help to loosen bronchial secretions, making it easier to expectorate them.

Cocoa Theophylline is the compound in inhalers. Caffeine and theobromine (chemically related to Theophylline) are both components of cocoa and can open airways to the lungs. Find chocolate that is between 60-70% cocoa. Use two heaping teaspoons in a cup of hot water, twice a day. Great for children.

Coffee For adults, coffee contains 60-120 mgs per cup, as opposed to cocoa, which has 10-20 mgs per cup. Studies have shown that coffee is highly effective at opening the airways. Try to stay within about 24 ounces a day.

Ginkgo Biloba platelet-aggregating factor also known as a PAF or paf-acether is a potent phospholipid activator and mediator of many leucocyte functions, including platelet aggregation, inflammation, and anaphylaxis. It is an important mediator of bronchoconstriction. The benefits of ginkgo include improving blood supply by dilating and toning blood vessels; reducing blood-clotting through antagonism of platelet-aggregating factor (PAF); and preventing membrane damage by means of its antioxidantand free radical scavenging activities.

Kola Nut The Journal of the American Medical Association recommends cola drinks for the management of childhood asthma. Although, this is not a prescription I subscribe to, instead take the tincture 2-3 times a day.

Elecampane Root helps to diffuse asthma attacks, especially if you are prone to attacks.

Parsley Leaf is a wonderful expectorant and helps fight coughs and asthma. Take the tincture, eat it raw or steep chopped leaves and stems in hot water for 10 minutes. Drink up to 2-3 cups per day. Caution: pregnant women should avoid parsley juice or oil.

Tumeric has a bronchodilator effect and it can be sipped, taken as a tincture or sprinkled in a cup of warm water.

Herbal Combinations and Formulas

Herbal tinctures are concentrated liquid extracts of the medicinal properties of herbs. Tinctures represent one of many different ways to prepare and use herbs. The terms tincture and extract are often used interchangeably.

Shake the tincture bottle well. As a dietary supplement, place 1 to 3 droppers under the tongue, or in juice or water as needed, 2-3 times a day.

BreathEasy: Lobelia, Pleurisy, Marshmallow, Mullien, Coltsfoot, Licorice.

Cough Calm: Horehound, Elecampane, Comphrey root, Wild Cherry Bark, Eucalyptus, Chickweed, Slippery Elm, Licorice.


Herbal Teas

In a stainless steel pot, boil desired amount of water. The moment it boils turn the heat off. Add the following herbs in an infuser, muslin bag or tea ball for a single cup or add one-three teaspoons of herbs per cup for larger amounts. Allow the herbs to infuse for up to 5 minutes. Drink 3-4 cups a day. For flavor-add lemon and sweeten with Stevia or organic honey. These herbs are helpful for gently cleanses, purifying, detoxing, anti-inflammatory. This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon and stimulates circulation.

Breath of Life Tea - This tea was designed for deep congestion and tightness in the chest and upper respiratory region. Helps the respiratory tract. Has astringent and tonic properties. Helps to reduce fever and eliminate gas, headaches and mucous. Useful in bronchitis, asthma, difficulty breathing and swollen glands. Helps by reducing mucus and inflammation. Mullein Leaf, Damiana Herb, Coltsfoot Herb, Red Clover, Wild Lettuce, Ginseng Leaf.

Detox Tea - This powerful formula will help remove accumulated toxins in the body. Strong antioxidant, cleanses the colon, reduces cramps, and stimulates circulation. Blackberry Leaf, Myrtle Leaf, Uva Ursi Leaf, Rose Hips, Alfalfa Leaf, Nettle Leaf, Juniper Berry, Psyllium Husk, Licorice Root, Sage Leaf.

Stop Smoking Tea - Reduces cravings for nicotine. Helps with balance and food cravings. Clears congestion, has a mild antiseptic and reduces swelling by helping to reduce blood flow. Mullein Leaf, Damiana Herb, Coltsfoot Herb, Red Clover, Wild Lettuce, Ginseng Leaf.


Traditional Chinese Medicine:

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, and professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies, rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100 generations of highly educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system of internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine, exercise, diet and meditation. It's foundation is based on the principles of balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance, health is achieved and maintained.

Herbs are the "medicinals" in holistic healing. Chinese herbs are specifically used to create a decoction or "tea" and is a very powerful part of healing dis-ease. Herbal decoctions may also be given in "tea pills", tinctures, granules or as an external patch, compress, or bath.

Chinese medicine regards asthma problems as an accumulation of phlegm due to weakness of the Spleen and Kidneys. Please go to: Chinese Medical Terminology for further explanation.

Visit Your TCM practitioner for a proper diagnosis and treatment.


Aromatherapy Remedies

Aromatherapy Aromatherapy blends can reduce inflammation and incidents of asthma attacks. Helpful, are essential oils of bergamot, chamomile, clary sage, eucalyptus, lavender, pine and rose are all beneficial for asthma problems. These oils can ease pain, discomfort and inflammation and increase mucus flow.

Clary Sage : contains several estrogen-like oils that, when blended together, work for this condition. Blend these oils together for a massage oil or add them to bath water.

Bergamot with Chamomile and Lavender are anti-inflammatory essential oils and will help to ease symptoms. Blend these oils in a carrier oil and massage into the chest.

Rose Absolute is an antispasmodic oil and can be used in steam inhalation to calm attacks due to stress.

Pine Needle in the bath or in steam inhalation or in a diffuser, will help reduce the incidence of attacks.

Utilize these blends of essential oils 3 times a day, morning, afternoon and night:

Angel's Mist Astham Rub Remedy Blend

Angel's Mist Asthma Inhalant Remedy Blend

Angel's Mist Asthma Bath Remedy Blend


Homeopathy

This medical system uses infinitesimal doses of natural substances to stimulate a person's immune system and body's natural defenses. Homeopathic remedies are named for the plant or animal ingredients they are made from. Homeopathy not only offers relief from temporary disorders but, can provide long term healing of a person due to its individual and "wholistic" approach. This often leads to a complete recovery from the dis-ease, as well as, providing an improved understanding of the patient's situation. This type of healing makes it easier and possible to avoid recurrence or relapses in the future and homeopathy stimulates the body's natural defense system by reestablishing normal immune system and cell functioning.

Arsenicum album A person needing this remedy can feel exhausted, yet be very restless and anxious. Breathing problems tend to be worse while lying down, better when sitting up, and may begin, or be the most intense, between midnight and two a.m. Dry wheezing may progress to a cough that brings up frothy whitish fluid. The person can be thirsty, taking frequent tiny sips. General chilliness is usually seen, with burning pains in the chest and heat in the head. Warmth often brings improvement.

Carbo vegetabilis This remedy may be indicated when a person feels weak or faint with a hollow sensation in the chest. Coughing jags can lead to gagging. The person may be very cold (especially hands and feet), yet feel a need for moving air, wanting to sit beside a fan or open window. Gas and digestive upset are also likely, and sitting up and burping offers some relief. Feeling worse in the evening, and worse from talking, eating, or lying down are other indications for this remedy.

Ipecacuanha Coughing spasms that lead to retching or vomiting strongly indicate this remedy. Wheezing can come on suddenly with a feeling of suffocation and heaviness in the chest. Mucus collects in breathing tubes, but the person has difficulty coughing much out. The person may sweat a lot and feel clammy or nauseous, be worse from motion, and sometimes worse from warmth.

Natrum sulphuricum This remedy is sometimes indicated when asthma attacks are brought on by exposure to mold and dampness. The person may hold the chest while coughing, because it feels so weak. Wheezing and breathing difficulties are aggravated by exertion, and episodes tend to be worse in the very early morning.


Hydrotherapy

The mysterious and amazing healing power of water has been utilized for centuries. Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life. We are always drawn to water. Be it a soothing fountain or majestic waterfall. Water is a carrier. It flows. It moves along the line of least resistance to find its way to the ocean where comes and goes in the ebb and flow of tides and waves. The appeal is inexplicable! We crave water, maybe because our bodies are made up of a large percent of it. Maybe beacuse we instinctively know how it can heal us.

Hydrotherapy is the use of water in any form, in the treatment of dis-ease. Hydrotherapy was used by the ancient Greek physicians. The use of baths for such purposes as well as for religious purification, personal cleanliness, and private or social relaxation dates from at least the time of ancient Greece. A German, Vincenz Priessnitz, popularized the use of spas in Germany and elsewhere in Europe, where they are still popular today.

Hydrotherapy has a number of uses. Warm water will relax spasm; thus, hydrotherapy has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains, muscular fatigue, and backache. Heat is often used in conjunction with massage or other manipulative or stimulative treatments, such as the whirlpool bath. Sitz baths (sitting in hot water) are effective in the treatment of many disorders. Water is also useful in physical therapy because patients who exercise in a buoyant medium can move weak parts of their bodies without contending with the strong force of gravity.

A warm bath may be beneficial for asthma due to stress related triggers or outdoor allergens. Fill the tub with warm water. Once the tube is filled, add 6 drops each of bergamot, chamomile and lavender.


Exercise

Exercise induced asthma can be brought on by strong exertion. Exercise-induced asthma effects one in ten people. When you open your mouth to gasp for air when exercising hard, you're drying the back of your throat and it becomes cool, which triggers your asthma. Keep your mouth closed and breathe through your nose.

You should do mild exercise...swimming, light aerobics or weight training. Avoid strenuous physical exercise. Swimming is the ideal exercise for asthmatics. Because of the high humidity, your mouth won't dry out. Sports that require shorter bursts of exercise, such as baseball, tennis, and golf, are good. Asthmatics need to pace themselves. Take the time to warm up, and then start out slow.

Talk to your doctor. Talk to your doctor or therapist for guidance and support. Jointly assess your issues and concerns about an exercise program and how it fits into your overall treatment strategy.

Identify what you enjoy. Figure out what type of exercise or activities you're more likely and less likely to do, as well as where, when and how often. For instance, would you rather garden in the evenings, jog in the pre-dawn hours, go for a brief walk in or play basketball with your friends after school?

Set reasonable goals. Your mission doesn't have to be to walk for an hour five days a week. Even a 10-minute walk can help lift your mood, get you into a more positive environment and refocus your thoughts, even temporarily, away from negative or self-critical thinking patterns. Custom-tailor your plan to your own needs and abilities.

Break it down. It might be good to have an overall exercise strategy. But focusing on the perfect plan or an ideal rather than what's realistic for you can sabotage your efforts. Don't start with the ideal and work backward. Start with the realistic and work forward. Break your program down into smaller parts. If you can't fathom walking for 45 minutes, what is possible? Fifteen minutes? Five minutes? Start there, and build on that foundation.

Address your barriers. Identify your individual barriers to launching a program. If you're self-conscious, for instance, you might not want to exercise in public. The barriers may feel overwhelming. Instead, develop a strategy to overcome or get around those barriers. If you don't want to go to a crowded gym, perhaps you can go to a quiet park or use a home treadmill or bike. If you're put off by the thought of spending 30 minutes jogging, aim for five minutes of walking instead of just doing nothing. If five minutes seems daunting, try two minutes.

Prepare for setbacks and obstacles. Exercise isn't always easy or fun. And it's tempting to blame yourself for that. By learning how to cope with setbacks, you'll learn skills that will help you stay active over the long term.


Massage Therapy

There are many different approaches to massage and applications of it. "Massage Therapy" is a holistic procedure that affects all systems of the body; digestive, elimination, respiratory, circulatory, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Many of today's health problems arise from stress. Because stress upsets the delicate integral balance of all your body's functions, regaining this balance requires a holistic approach.

Massage Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Massage not only treats those parts of you which are a problem, but also affects the whole of your metabolism through normalizing your circulatory, muscular and nervous systems and their interdependent functioning.

Massage for asthma is effective by calming the whole system and can be done with soothing asthma massage oils or relaxing body lotions in order for the practitioner's hands to "glide" over the body with smooth, relaxing strokes.

Learn How to Give a Massage. This step by step method will help you learn just how to make your subject feel great!

The Crystal Facial Massage works on a deep esoteric level allowing not only the physical body enjoyment and total relaxation but the stones will enhance a positive, reconnecting flow of energy which will allow you to bring up, recognize and clear emotional blocks.

Hot Stone Massage Therapy. is recommended for this condition. It is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy with river bed stones which draw out stress, tension and impurities from the body.

Several studies show positive effects occur when parents massage their asthmatic children, including increased peak air flow, improved pulmonary functions, less anxiety and reduced stress hormone (cortisol) in the children. Parental anxiety also decreased.


Emotional Aspect:

There is an emotional aspect to every illness. Often times, it is the emotional thoughts or "excess emotions" that will lead to illness. The following therapies are utilized for calming the mind, help with stress relief and focuses on our mental powers over any situation. The ability to balance your emotional, mental, physical and spiritual self is up to you. Here are some suggestions:

Allow The Universe To Take Control!

  • Learn to breathe deeply and fully. Your breath is your connection to relaxation and inner peace.
  • �I relax and let go.� Say this 4 or 5 times and watch how your body and mind relax.


  • You�ve been stressing yourself out so much that every little thought becomes a mountain of problems.


  • Metaphysical expert Louise Hay sees asthma as: Smoothered Love! Sound familiar? The inability to breath for one's self.
  • Take charge of your own life! Choose to be free of your restrictions.


What is your experience with this disorder? Sharing your own experiences often helps others. We'd love to know in the Peacefulmind Community


Counseling and Psychotherapy:

Anxiety, fear and stress disorders are responsive to counseling and to a wide variety of psychotherapies. During the past several decades, there has been an increasing enthusiasm for focused, time-limited therapies that address ways of coping with anxiety symptoms directly, rather than exploring unconscious conflict or other personal vulnerabilities.


Yoga Therapy

Yoga poses can be good alternatives to "traditional" health remedies because they relax the body and mind, improve circulation and respiration, reduce tension and help the body through it's healing process.

Consider the Tadasana Mountain Pose. Many common ailments and discomforts can be traced to poor posture. If the spine is not properly aligned or if there is tightness or stiffness in the back, the result is often an imbalance in the body. When this imbalance becomes chronic many kinds of disorders arise in the organs, glands and nervous system. Performing the tada-asana allows one to observe one's posture closely and clearly recognize those problems which get masked or ignored by day-to-day activities. As the posture is held and the breath, mind and body is quieted various effects will surface to indicate difficulties with the spine.

The Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) limbers up the whole body in preparation for the Yoga Asanas. It is a graceful sequence of twelve Yoga positions performed as one continuous exercise. Learn how to practice Sun Salutation in the Yoga Therapy section.

The Yogic breath exercise can be done without instruction, without danger, and with a good chance that your discomfort and stressful feelings will be reduced. Relaxation Breath is the most powerful tool for stress management.

Sit up, with your back straight in any position. Place your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth and keep it there throughout the exercise. Exhale completely through your mouth.

Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four. Hold your breath for a count of seven. Exhale completely through your mouth, to a count of eight. Repeat this cycle three more times for a total of four breaths. Try to do this breathing exercise at least twice a day. You can repeat the whole sequence as often as you wish, but don't do it more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. This exercise is fairly intense and has a profound effect on the nervous system.

Deep Diaphram Breath

Sit with your legs crossed in a comfortable position. Breathe slowly and evenly from your diaphragm, through your nose. Fill your lower abdomen, lungs, then chest with air. Hold for a four count then slowly exhale the air out from your chest, lungs, then lower abdomen. Repeat 3 or 4 times. That's it! Just allow your shoulders to drop and your face relax as you breath, deep.

Also consider Breath Exercises, Child's Pose, Easy Pose, Half Spinal Twist, Wind Relieving Pose, Corpse Pose...


Meditation Therapy:

Meditation is a time-honored technique that can take you into infinite dimensions of consciousness. One major principle to meditation is in the ability to completely quiet your mind. Quieting the mind comes as a result of meditating over a long period of time, but any time you are looking within, you are meditating.

There are many meditation methods. Some are passive and others are active -- not in the physical sense, but in the sense that you actually do something during meditation. Meditators learn to focus their awareness and direct it onto an object: the breath, a phrase or word: a mantra, repeated silently, a memorized inspirational phrase, an image in the mind's eye. Researchers have documented immediate benefits in terms of lowered blood pressure, decreased heart and respiratory rate, increased blood flow, and other measurable signs of the relaxation response.

Meditation will calm an agitated mind, creating optimal physical and mental health, undo our sense of separateness, which is the common root of fear and misery, unify consciousness, putting us in touch with our higher self and connect us to higher consciousness. Meditation restructures the mind, allowing us to achieve our full potential as human beings.

Fold your hands gently in your lap and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths. Then just sit. If you have never meditated before, you will probably feel as if your mind is full of thoughts. Don't try to stop the thoughts, just watch them. Imagine that you are on the bank of a river and that your thoughts are the river going by. Don't try to stop the river, just watch it. Within a week, you will see the river begin to slow down. You may become impatient, or even bored. That's okay. If you find yourself complaining, just watch the thoughts pass by. Do this for 5 to 10 minutes. You may find that you fall asleep because you are so relaxed. That's good because, in many ways, you have begun to let go. Continue at this pace and each day allow just alittle more time for yourself to meditate. Doing this allows you to relax and forget about time.

Consider the amazing power of the Deluxe Meditation Kit . Whether for meditation, quiet reflection or for creating a peaceful environment to be yours, the opportunity awaits those ready to explore the world of meditation!


Color Therapy

When you are balanced, you can more effectively fight dis-ease, rid your system of toxins, as well as, negative patterns. You can achieve balance through the vibrational remedy and application of color. Color inteacts with the human energy system in a unique way to stablize physical, emotional, mental and spiritual conditions.

Asthma:

Blue - is peaceful and soothing. Calming tired nerves, alleviating agony and pain we suffer from physical stress. It has a pacifying effect over our nervous system and brings us great relaxation. Cool, soothing and sedative, blue alleviates pain, reducing bleeding and heals burns. It is beneficial in the treatment of dysentery, colic, asthma, respiratory disorders, high blood pressure and skin aberrations.

Green - gives a feeling of renewal, new life, freshness, and clarity. The heart is the center of the soul and it is the heart that makes us one with our fellow man. Most importantly, it harbors love energy, the leading principle of life. Being with loved ones, family, and friends, strengthens the heart energy and soothes the lung area.

Determine what color you need. Learn more about your personal Color Therapy Analysis.


Music/Sound Therapy:

Vibrational medicine, which validates that everything in the universe is in a state of vibration and the frequency at which an object or person most naturally vibrates is called resonance. The chakras, bones, and organs in the body all possess a different resonant frequency. When an organ or part of the body is vibrating out of tune or nonharmoniously, it is called "dis ease" or disease. A body is in a healthy state of being when each cell, each organ creates a resonance that is in harmony with the whole being.

Music is a powerful tool that can be used in so many ways. It has been proven that the type of music that makes a person relax or become receptive is not any one kind. It all depends on the individual and their affinity with it.

Healing Music is recommended for stress reduction by soothing the sympathetic nervous system.


Metaphysical Remedies:

The power of your mind and your belief system has everything to do with the condition, the speed and the way that you heal.

* Our Belief System is one of the major factors that can get us through situations or can cause our life to crumble around us! I do believe that there is a lot of innate goodness and balancing our minds do subconsciously to get us through hard times. The other portion of this is how we "program" ourselves to deal with any given situation.

* Our self-confidence and self-love are often the key to opening and strengthening this portion of our thoughts which in turn emanates from ourselves!

* Energy follows thought. Program thought to be positive and your energy will reflect it!

* Really appreciating what we DO have as opposed to what we would like to have, sometimes makes a signifcant difference. This is always an important element in healing that is often neglected.


Crystal Remedy Reference

Crystals have both piezoelectric and pyroelectric properties. This means that the polarities of the crystal will change when subjected to pressure or heat (even body heat from the hands). This will radiate energy from the crystal due to this reversal of polarities. It provides the transfer, storage and transformation of energy.

Offering a balanced energy field, energy modification, amplifies both energy and thought, clarity in thinking, and harmony and alignment with the chakra energy areas.

The Complete Chakra Kit stimulates the seven main energy sources which govern all the major organs and psychologically alters and clears the body's energy in order to allow healing to take place.

Crystal Medicine Pouches are based on the Native American Medicine Pouches, each suede pouch comes with several crystals, sage for cleansing negativity and the best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!

Crystal Empowerment Pouches are individually filled with several crystals to strengthen and enhance the best energy for each situation. Each suede pouch comes with several crystals and best way to use, cleanse and energize them in order to get what you want out of life!!

Crystal Elixirs are wonderfully scented oils come in .05 ounce roll-on bottles and contain genuine crystals in vibrationally compatible essential oil blends. They are fantastic for Chakra work, energy healing, as an Aura Balancer, as a balancing perfume oil or simply as a "refresher" for your Gem Potpourri. Crystal Elixir oil blends are used externally.

Gem Essence are the infusion of crystals, spring water and the power of the sun/moon in a bottle! These essence work in harmony with the body by interacting with our bio-sheath and are natural and self-adjusting. When crystals are activated by natural sunlight, they transfer their vibrational signature into water, creating a remedy that is safe, effective and used in conjunction with all modalities of healing. Gem Essence waters can be used internally.

Peacefulmind Remedy Bag is our fantastic prescription for a multi-layered approach to treating this problem. This bag features 3 of the crystals for treating this disorder, a sample herbal remedy, a meditation, an essential oil blend and acu-point self-massage techniques. Also with great tips and remedies for recovery.

Crystals for Asthma

Asthma is a disorder, which affects the lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing. You can control your asthma by knowing the warning signs of an attack and avoid triggers that cause an attack. Chronic stress has been linked to a worsening of asthma and allergies. Severe anxiety can trigger attacks, and stress generally aggravates asthma symptoms. Crystals can be helpful in reducing stress and calming the mind. Consider these crystals for asthma:

Amber is a great healing stone for asthma as well as allergic reactions.

Amethyst calms apprehension, overcoming stress and is beneficial for the respiratory system and is used for detoxing.

Angelite is soothing to the lungs and helps balance the thyroid. It is a soothing stone used for relieving throat inflammation. Angelite also repairs and soothes tissues and blood vessels.

Iolite is a powerful stone for treating respiratory disorders and creating a strong constitution.

Lapis Lazuli is another stone that helps support the respiratory tract as it boosts the immune system.

Morganite helps to oxygenate cells. It is a great stone for relieving stress and calms the breath, therefore, it is a great stone for asthma.

Malachite promotes growth and builds strength, both emotionally and physically. It is a beneficial healing stone for asthma.

Pyrite benefits both the circulatory and respiratory systems by boosting oxygen in the bloodstream. Helpful for asthma and bronchitis.

Rhodochrosite acts as a filter and is beneficial for treating asthma and respiratory tract.

Rutilated Quartz boost immunity and lung function. A helpful stone for asthma and bronchial disorders.




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