Natural Remedies For Asthma In Overland Park, KS - Eastern Healing Solutions

Asthma is a lung condition that can be a mixed bag. It can be chronic and fairly-well controlled, or it can produce serious, life-threatening attacks that result in over two million visits to emergency rooms each year across the country. Asthma involves the narrowing of your airways caused by irritation, inflammation, and overreaction to triggers. Unlike other lung conditions such as COPD or emphysema in which breathing is constantly compromised, asthma flare-ups come and go. In fact, people with asthma can go for long periods of time in between episodes.

The symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. Most people who suffer from asthma will tell you that they have specific triggers that set off their symptoms. Some common triggers include smoke, exercise, allergens, colds and flu, and irritants such as strong smells and cleaning products. Changes in the weather, humidity, or barometric pressure, as well as strong emotions can also be triggers for an asthma attack.

Because the nature of asthma is to swing between flare ups and periods of remission, treating this condition in Western medicine involves a combination of long-term control and medications that can quickly deal with an asthma attack. Long-term treatment includes medication to reduce inflammation of your airways and to prevent symptoms and reduce flare ups. Short-term medications usually involve a rescue inhaler which quickly open up your airways to treat or prevent an asthma attack.

In Chinese medicine, if you suffer from asthma, you are considered to have a condition called enduring phlegm. This is because there is always some degree of phlegm obstructing your lungs, even if you’re not experiencing an attack. Asthma attacks are a combination of irritation and swelling of the airways as well as mucous obstructing your ability to breathe. While phlegm is ever-present in asthma sufferers, its presence may not always be felt. In Chinese medicine phlegm is a pathogen that can be broken down into visible and invisible. Visible phlegm is just that; what you see when you cough or blow your nose. However, invisible phlegm can be present but not always visible. It can cause nausea, confusion, and lumps under your skin. In the case of asthma, even when you’re not experiencing symptoms, invisible phlegm is still present.

While phlegm is always a part of an asthma diagnosis in Chinese medicine, you may also have a lung weakness that is contributing to your symptoms. This weakness is called a lung Qi depletion and beyond asthma, symptoms may include shortness of breath, a weak voice, feeling cold, a weak cough, and easy sweating. Because your lungs play a large role in immune function in Chinese medicine, a further complication of lung Qi depletion might include low resistance to colds and flu—common asthma triggers for some people.

If you seek out the help of a practitioner of Chinese medicine to treat your asthma, their job starts by determining the underlying cause of your condition—why you have phlegm, the nature of your triggers, and the source of any depletion you may have. They would then go to work, using acupuncture, herbs, food therapy, and lifestyle modifications to treat your asthma from the inside out. Their goal would be to decrease phlegm, strengthen your lungs, improve immunity, and reduce your symptoms—including the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.

6 natural remedies for asthma

There are a number of steps you can take at home to control your asthma better and avoid flare ups. These include:

-Breathing exercises. This can be as simple as taking a deep breath, holding for a five count, and slowly releasing—done in sets of six, several times a day. A yoga class or meditative breathing also works to strengthen your lungs.

-Pay attention to the weather. Cover your mouth and nose when it’s really cold out, and think about getting a humidifier when your heat is on or if you live where it’s really dry.

-Eat to decrease inflammation. Researchers have found that a diet high in Vitamin C containing fruits and vegetables can help with asthma symptoms. Also, eating fish and other plant-based foods are helpful for this condition. Foods to avoid include rich fatty foods, sweets, and lots of dairy. They increase inflammation and can cause a buildup of phlegm.

-Go for some caffeine. Research indicates that black coffee can be almost as effective as medications when it comes to dealing with asthma. If exercise is a trigger for your asthma, try having a cup of coffee or black tea about 45 minutes before your workout.

-Heartburn control. Understand that there’s a connection between heartburn and asthma, so controlling your heartburn symptoms may also help in controlling your asthma. This means not going to bed on a full stomach, propping up the head of your bed when you sleep, and avoiding those foods that cause you heartburn. Some common offenders include onions, orange juice, tomatoes, strawberries, alcohol, and highly spiced foods.

-Be proactive. Recognize the patterns and triggers that set off your asthma attacks. Avoid them if at all possible; if not, understand that an asthma attack can be serious, and travel with a rescue inhaler.

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Natural Anti Aging Methods In Overland Park, KS - Eastern Healing Solutions

Healthy Aging with Chinese Medicine

When it comes to aging, it seems that everyone does it differently. We all know people in their 80s and 90s who are much more active and energetic than their years would suggest.  At the same time, there are many people who seem elderly and tired out who are decades younger. Is this difference due to genetics, lifestyle, mindset, or all of the above? Or is it something else entirely?

Certainly the genetic hand that you’ve been dealt plays a role in your overall health and how well you will fare in your later years. However, there has been much research lately in the area of something called Epigenetics, in which the expression of certain aspects of your genetic makeup is affected by outside factors. Essentially, your lifestyle, environment, and emotional outlook can have an impact on how your genes are expressed and your overall health.

The concept of aging in Chinese medicine is similar to the cutting edge theory behind Epigenetics. It goes something like this: Your overall body constitution is determined by your Essence, which is a vital substance that you have at birth, called Pre-Natal Essence. This Essence affects how you grow, mature, age, fertility, and how healthy you will be in general. This Essence becomes depleted as you grow older, but it can also be depleted prematurely by poor lifestyle choices. When the Essence you were born with is completely exhausted, you will die.

There’s a twist, however, in that you also have a secondary type of Essence, called Post-Natal Essence. This secondary Essence can protect your Pre-Natal Essence and keep it from becoming depleted prematurely. Similar to the idea of using your checking account to protect your savings, you can beef up Post-Natal Essence through good diet and living moderately to protect your Pre-Natal Essence.

Certainly, we all want to live a long and healthy life, and in the world of Chinese medicine, that boils down to protecting your Essence. Here are some ways to safeguard your Pre-Natal Essence, live a little healthier, and stack the odds in your favor as you age:

The 9 Simple Steps For Healthy Aging

Get enough rest in the form of sleep or down time. It takes energy for your body to heal and rejuvenate, and that happens while you’re sleeping. Give your body the time it needs to recover from the day’s stresses.

Exercise Regularly. At the same time, you need to counterbalance your rest with work in the form of physical activity. Exercise is crucial when it comes to aging well. It strengthens your muscles and bones, improves the health of your heart and lungs, keeps your blood flowing efficiently, boosts immunity, and is good for your mental health.

Don’t over-do it. Know that it’s possible to work too hard, to the point of ill health. In Chinese medicine they call this overworking, and it’s considered to be the cause of many ailments. It can come from too many hours at the office, studying too long, care-giving without a break, and even over-exercising. The key is to balance work and rest, and not get too much or too little of either.

Eat for the long haul. It’s true that the occasional trip through the fast food drive up window won’t kill you, but you can bet that there aren’t many octogenarians who make it a regular habit. A simple guide for what to eat would be to choose real foods (not chemically enhanced), mostly plant based, and cooked at home, and you’ll be doing better than most. And while mixing up your diet may sound overwhelming, the reality is that making small dietary changes for the better can yield big results in your health.

Pay attention to your digestion. If you’re having any digestive symptoms like heartburn, stomachaches, gas, bloating, nausea, or bowel problems, chances are your body isn’t converting your food into nutrients very well. For better digestion, eat your vegetables cooked rather than raw, avoid lots of cold foods and drinks, avoid rich and greasy meals, slow down, and chew your food. If your symptoms persist, enlist the help of a practitioner of Chinese medicine.

Assess the stress. Unrelenting stress is one of the most damaging influence on your health and longevity. It affects everything including sleep, mental outlook, immunity, digestion, and inflammation. That’s because when you’re constantly in a state of high alert, your body shuts down those systems that you don’t need right in the moment to survive. When you take steps to deal with stressful situations and take time to relax, you move from a state of fight or flight to one of rest and digest.

Stay positive. Beyond stress, your outlook plays a huge role in the state of your health, too. Research indicates that people with a negative outlook have a shorter predicted lifespan. A sense of humor, feeling grateful, having something to look forward to, and being engaged with others in some way all fall into the positive column when it comes to aging healthfully.

Practice moderation in all things. While moderation may sound boring and safe, it may actually be a secret to living longer. When you ask people who have lived to be 100 about their secret to a long life, more often than not they will say they don’t have one. That’s most likely because they lived a life of moderation. The take away is that almost anything is okay as long as it’s done with a little self-control.

Listen to the messages that your body gives you. If you’re having symptoms such as sleep problems, headaches, an achy lower back, overwhelming fatigue, or an upset stomach, your body is trying to tell you something. Slow down, take stock, and listen. Your body knows what it needs and will send you signals when it’s in trouble—your job is to pay attention.

So whether you were dealt a good genetic hand or one with some limitations, how you play it is most important. Whether it’s about preserving your Essence in Chinese medicine, or Epigenetics in Western medicine, the choices you make regarding your health can make a big difference in how you age.

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