Asthma happens when the bronchi or airways - the tubes that carry oxygen into your lungs - become narrowed and inflamed causing difficulty breathing. Asthma has several triggers, such as dust or animal hair, causing the airway muscles to tighten and narrow. At the same time the lining of the airways swells and mucus is produced. This leads to the characteristic symptoms of wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath.
A key element in controlling the condition is becoming familiar with your personal triggers so that you can avoid them as far as possible. Other triggers include: virus infections such as colds and flu, cigarette smoke, certain forms of exercise, cold and dry air, laughing and other emotions.
Medical treatment consists of taking a preventer (a medication designed to guard the airways and reduce the chances of having an asthma attack) with a reliever (a medication designed to relieve the symptoms of asthma, during attacks). There can be side effects with steroid and broncho-dilator medication, however, so more and more people are turning to alternative treatments for their Asthma.
The Bowen technique is a holistic therapy that releases the body's energy to heal itself using gentle rolling movements over the surface of the skin, with the thumbs and forefingers.
"The results were very positive" says Nikke Ariff - 83% reported a reduction in the frequency of their asthma attacks and 75% of the participants reported using less medication than before the Bowen Research project.
Nikke Ariff is a Bowen therapist who, between 2002 and 2004 carried out a research program to test the efficacy of the Bowen Technique with Asthma sufferers. The research was carried out over a twelve month period. The majority of participants had been suffering from Asthma over 5 years, most for over 15 years.
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