Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the respiratory system. During an asthma attack, airways, which carry oxygen to and out of the lungs, tend to tighten and hence decrease the flow of oxygen coming to the lungs. The airways also become inflamed and lined up with mucus. Those symptoms may happen several times in a day or week, or much less often. The severity of the attacks also changes.

Several triggers might cause asthma attacks and the breathlessness that is corollary. Asthma can also cause chest pain and loss of consciousness. It is a very serious condition that can sometimes be deadly: while 300 million people are affected by asthma around the world, asthma attacks are responsible for the death of around 250,000 people yearly.

People who suffer from asthma also have to endure its side effects in their everyday life. Sleeplessness is a common experience that can lead to daytime fatigue, and can affect one’s personal and professional life. The World Health Organization even acknowledges the fact that "reduced activity levels" and "school and work absenteeism" are very often associated with asthma. Sports will often be harder for people with asthma, which may for instance be a factor of social isolation for a child.

Although asthma cannot be definitively cured, there are several ways to prevent and relieve the symptoms, making it possible for everybody with asthma to stay in shape, exercise and have a normal life. With the appropriate treatments, there is no reason why somebody that has asthma should not be allowed to enjoy an active life.

Numerous factors are able to trigger an asthma attack. Some can be very simple things like the humidity and temperature of the air. Nonetheless, the most common ones are natural environmental allergens, such as pollen, spores, house dust mites or cockroaches as well as pollution from cars, tobacco smoke or chemical compounds, such as the ones found in perfumes and perfumed products. Medications such as penicillin or aspirin as well as several foods, such as peanuts or milk, in the case of food allergies, are also able to trigger asthma. Asthma attack can also happen after exercising.

Your emotional state can also be a contributing factor in causing an asthmatic attack. Emotional stress, anxiety and tension can all trigger it. Many people suffering from an asthmatic attack also worsen their condition by falling prey to panic, a totally normal reaction to the dreadful experience they have to endure.

In order to better prevent asthmatic attacks, all of these triggers ought to be avoided as much as possible. Allergies also play a significant role in the triggering of asthma attacks and allergy treatment can be used as a way to prevent them. There are however numerous types of asthma treatment. In the short-run, asthma attack treatment will give relief in the case of an asthmatic attack. Asthma attack treatment is able to readily provide asthma relief, but individuals with moderate or severe asthma must take a long-run asthma treatment.

You may find various forms of bronchial asthma treatment available out there, but not all of them will work out for you. Bronchial asthma treatment and allergy treatment also have a lot of side effects when used regularly and in the long run, particularly drugs containing corticosteroids or Beta2-adrenergic receptor agonists, the latter having cardiac side effects and increasing the risk of respiratory death. These problems might explain why around half of the people who suffer from asthma use some kind of alternative treatment, such as natural asthma treatment.

Even if little evidence shows the efficiency of therapies such as air ionizers or chiropractic, other kinds of natural asthma treatments such as homeopathy, yoga practices and hypnosis have shown significant results as asthma treatment. Hypnotherapy, just like meditation or yoga, but in a much easier and faster way, provides asthma relief because it can help handle the emotional side of asthma thanks to relaxation. Thanks to hypnosis you will become a lot more relaxed, which will help prevent asthmatic attacks. It will also allow you to better handle the panic and fear during an attack, hence significantly reducing the symptoms. Most asthmatics are aware when an attack is imminent, and specific hypnotic techniques exist which enable the asthmatic to put a stop to an impending attack.

Asthma is a serious respiratory disease, which can prove very handicapping and at times even deadly. Drugs will help you with the physiological symptoms and may give prompt relief in the case of an attack. Nonetheless those drugs have a lot of negative side effects, especially when used too often. Hypnotherapy and NLP will decrease your need for medication. It is also an efficient asthma treatment and asthma attack treatment and will help you prevent the occurrences of asthmatic symptoms.

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH is an NGH certified Hypnotherapist. In practice since 1978, he has created effective self-hypnosis Asthma Treatment CD's. His Neuro-VISION Self-Hypnosis site features free MP3's, an exceptional hypnosis article library, and free hypnosis videos.