Asthma attacks - Ask James
I am an asthma sufferer. Can hypnotherapy be a treatment for asthma attacks? I currently suffer from fairly frequent attacks of asthma and I use Ventolin to help me breathe during these attacks.
In short, yes. Specifically speaking, suggestion therapy could be used to help you to have more control over the onset of an attack, and indeed allow you to stay calmer during an attack to prevent the asthma symptoms becoming worse by panic, but I would very strongly recommend a full treatment of hypnoanalytical therapy as this will permanently reduce overall anxiety, and has been shown in some cases to clear up asthma attacks altogether. Usage of suggestion therapy is always like "painting over the cracks" and never actually deals with the underlying anxiety for the symptoms. Furthermore, hypnoanalytical therapy will improve your well being in life immeasurably as an additional bonus.
As this is quite a complex question, I will include additional information to assist you in understanding why my techniques are very likely to help you with your asthma?
What causes an asthma attack? (The medical explanation)
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects over 100 million people in the World. It is triggered by allergens which vary from person to person. Commonly these allergens are pet hair, pollen from flowers, cigarette smoke or an attack can be stimulated by an "event" such as running too fast.
An asthma attack results when the airways (bronchioles) contract as they become irritated by the allergen and in doing so become more sensitive to the allergen.
What are the symptoms of asthma?
The symptoms of asthma vary in degrees of severity from person to person, but generally speaking the symptoms are a shortness of breath resulting in wheezing (due to constriction of the bronchioles), coughing, a raised heart beat, sweating, and a feeling of tightness in the chest area. Once constricted, the bronchioles often fill with excessive mucus further impeding the effort to breathe.
Treatment of asthma attacks.
Commonly, asthma suffers learn to steer clear of the stimulus or stimuli that they are aware of that cause their asthma attacks. Clearly this can lead to a very restricted life-style if many allergens exist that cause the attack (such as avoiding places where dogs live, avoiding the outdoors where pollen may be abundant).
Asthma is most commonly treated with drugs which generally speaking are administered via an inhaler. This allows very quick absorption of the drugs into the lung tissues to relieve the constriction produced by the asthma attack. These drugs then to act to relax and soothe the wind pipe muscles.
How to people get asthma?
This question has been a real tricky one for scientists. It is certainly accepted that it's not infectious but science has pretty much no idea how or why it starts.
So, can hypnotherapy help with asthma?
It is important to note that in some cases at least, asthma does seem to have an organic element to it. By this I mean a biochemical/physiological process that causes it, this however does not mean that in some, if not many cases, asthma may in fact be psychosomatic (symptoms are caused by mental processes of the sufferer rather than immediate physiological causes).
It is generally accepted that in some cases, asthma can have hereditary links, which suggests that there may be genetics (and therefore a physiological reason) involved in asthma, but this does not give a balanced story as "science" can have a surprisingly closed view on potential reasons for symptoms (such as asthma symptoms) and will rarely consider that symptoms may be purely psychosomatic.
It is not hard to imagine why pretty much all asthma sufferers believe they do in fact believe they have asthma. At some point in their lives, they became short of breath and had great difficulty inhaling air. This resulted in wheezing and for all intent and purposes, were showing "signs" of an asthma attack. Naturally a very quick visit to the doctors or hospital would be in order. The expressed symptoms would very quickly be labeled as asthma. This would cause the patient to believe he/she had asthma, and so confirming the belief that another attack may happen quite soon. To compound this belief, the patient would be prescribed the latest inhaler(s) and sent on his/her way.
This belief will be very detrimental to the asthma sufferer whether the asthma is truly based on a purely physiological process, is purely psychosomatic, or is a mixture of the two.
The symptoms of asthma have a very uncanny resemblance to a panic attack, which is a raw expression of anxiety. Panic attacks involve many symptoms which include;
- a feeling of inner anxiety.
- gasping for air/shortness of breath.
- a feeling that the world is collapsing in on them.
- a feeling of being trapped with nowhere to go.
- increased or irregular heartbeat.
- a feeling of sheer dread.
These very real symptoms are caused, in the case of a genuine panic attack at least, purely by the mind - in other words, they are psychosomatic. This does not make them unreal, it's just that they are caused by non-physiological factors.
Would you agree that some of these symptoms at least resemble what you experience during an asthma attack?
Indeed, the use of an inhaler would help someone who is having a panic attack a great deal, but that wouldn't make them asthmatic - would it? It's not hard to imagine how, if someone who was having a panic attack presented themselves to a member of the medical profession, would be very quickly diagnosed as asthmatic and prescribed the relevant drugs - when in fact, they were actually expressing symptoms of a psychosomatic nature - which coincided with what the medical profession would identify as physiological asthma.
I practice a unique form of hypnotherapy known as hypnoanalysis (or hypnoanalytical therapy) which is the best form of therapy in the world for allowing people to be permanently free from underlying anxiety. This treatment has been shown to greatly improve the lives of people suffering from asthma, and in some cases, even cured asthma altogether.
Once hypnoanalysis is completed, if necessary, I would also offer a treatment of suggestion therapy, but I feel the absolute best course of treatment would be hypnoanalysis first and foremost.
You may contact me now to arrange a confidential and free consultation to discuss how I am able to help you with your asthma attacks and your symptoms of asthma. My hypnotherapy practice is based in the centre of Yorkshire in Huddersfield so is very easy to access from anywhere in the North of England. I look forward to hearing from you.