Asthma is a chronic (long-term) lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways. It is most likely caused by a convergence of factors that can include genes and various environmental and biologic triggers (e.g., infections, dietary patterns and hormonal changes in women).
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea). Shortness of breath is a major source of distress in individuals with asthma. However, the severity of this symptom does not always reflect the degree to which lung function is impaired. Some individuals are not even aware that they are experiencing shortness of breath. Such individuals are at particular risk for very serious and even life-threatening asthma attacks, since they are less conscious of symptoms. Those at highest risk for this effect tend to be older, female, and to have had the disease for a longer period of time.
- Coughing. In some people, the first symptom of asthma is a nonproductive cough. Some may find this cough even more distressing than wheezing or sleep disturbances.
- Wheezing. Usually the attack begins with wheezing and rapid breathing, as it becomes more severe
- Chest pain or tightness. Initial chest tightening without any other symptoms may be an early indicator of a serious attack.
- Neck muscles may tighten, and talking may become difficult or impossible.
- Rapid heart rate.
Hypnosis as a Treatment
Hypnosis can help manage asthma and give you a reassuring sense of control over your condition. It is commonly known that asthma sufferers have had their condition since childhood or teen years.
Research shows that negative emotions such as panic and depression can affect the respiratory system, bringing on an asthma episode in people with the condition.
Hypnosis treatment can lower stress which is a common trigger of asthma. Hypnosis re-trains your unconscious mind to minimize episodes and limit your asthma symptoms. It has been known that hypnosis will improve immune function and anesthetize pain and affect the workings of the body thus easing asthma attacks. Hypnosis can help you feel more relaxed and give you a way to feel more comfortable during typical asthma trigger times.
*If you do suffer from asthma, we recommend that you speak to a medical professional before you pursue hypnosis.
Hay fever can be quite irritating. Symptoms include runny, streaming, sneezing, stuffy and blocked nose, itching in the throat and nose, headaches, itching and red watering eyes, inability to smell and even taste food, itchy ears and disturbed sleep as well as feelings of listlessness and depression. Hay fever can affect work and personal life and spoil what should be enjoyable and productive activities.
Hay fever is an over-reaction
Hay fever, like any allergic response, is actually an over-reaction. Hay fever is medically labeled as ‘seasonal allergies.’ It is a significant risk factor for the development of asthma; the two often co-exist with as many as 80% of asthmatics having some form of hay fever.
Pollen from blooming or pollinating plants can cause all the symptoms of hay fever from streaming eyes, sneezing and general irritation of the delicate linings of the nasal passage, throat and eyes. Hay fever like any allergy is an over-reaction of the immune system. The immune system wrongly determines the pollen as a threat and produces a big unnecessary response.
Hay fever is usually seasonal
Hay fever can affect up to 20% of the population. For most people hay fever is seasonal and they only experience the symptoms during the spring and summer pollen season. For a minority of sufferers the symptoms last all year round and can be caused by house dust mites, mould and animal fur. This can feel like having a permanent cold and sore throat.
Pollen is basically a grain to transport the male DNA to the female part of the flower. There are different types of pollen; the most common allergen is grass pollen.
Medical treatments include antihistamines and steroids which work to calm the immune system’s over-reaction. However medical treatments are palliative and won’t necessarily stop the symptoms from starting in the first place.
Hypnosis can help re-set unconscious patterns so that the immune system only responds to what it needs to respond to.