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 Naturopathic Medicine: Asthma Part 2 

  • orange (supports the lung and enhances respiration; acts as a decongestant) on throat and chest

  • magenta (helps to balance emotions and enhance energy; helps to build up and balance the functional activity of the heart, kidneys, adrenals, and the reproductive system; a cardiotonic) on chest and kidneys
    Another method of gathering up subtle healing energy is to work with gems and minerals. They may be worn as jewelry, or placed around the home in special places. For asthma, the following are helpful:
    • Coral ash
    • Emerald ash
    • Pearl
    • Citrine
    • Sapphire and Ruby (for severe asthma)
    • Sapphire and Pearl
    • Ruby, Coral or Pearl
    • after attack, use Pearl
    • if acute, use Sapphire

    What About Psychological Approaches, Such as Visualization or Meditation Techniques, To Help Asthma?

    • Attacks may be more frequent from 1 AM to 3 AM due to normal circadian rhythms. In Chinese Medicine, this is the Lung time of day. Each of the 12 meridians is associated with a 2 hour time period.

    • Maybe associated to dependency issues, particularly related to struggles for independence from maternal influence. Asthma is thought to be a manifestation of choking, either from emotional or psychological constriction.

    • Severity of asthma attack is directly related to the amount of fear and anxiety felt by the patient. Anxiety causes further bronchoconstriction. Therapy should be directed to reducing anxiety.

    • Childhood asthma may have an important role in maintaining the power balance within the family. Since recovery of the child could endanger the family's habitual security, intrafamilial forces are inhibiting the child's recovery and play a role in the precipitation of the asthmatic attacks. Furthermore, many emotional conflicts between the parents and siblings often get avoided or diffused due to everyone's overriding concern over the asthma situation. The patient may serve as a "conflict avoidance tool" and a protection for other family members and their submerged problems of functioning well as a unit.

    • Mothers of asthmatics suffered more depressive illness than controls.

    • Fear of estrangement from the mother and inhibition of crying may play causative roles in the initiation of asthma in children.

    • Asthmatics are often highly sensitive to the loss of love and appreciation from meaningful figures. This hypersensitivity is generally associated with strong feelings of dependency and compliance, which may alternate with unregulated expression of anger or grief.

    • A 15 item MMPI (Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory) scale has been developed that relates to the reported frequency of panic-fear symptoms on the Asthma Symptom Checklist (ASC). High scales scores describe fearful, emotionally labilie individuals who profess to be more sensitive than others, and are unable or disinclined to persist in the face of difficulty.

    • Child's repressed aggressiveness within the family and pathological fixation on mother can seed a life long pattern of asthma attacks.

    • Repression of the feelings of longing for more affection, fear of losing the mother, and anger at the deprivation experienced can also cause asthma.

    • Asthma may simply be a crying out for the mother's love.

    • Bronchospasm in children may be brought on by crying.
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    Emily Kane NDA graduate of Bastyr University in Seattle, she completed both the Naturopathic and Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine programs. Her preceptor work (similar to residencies) took place in Seattle, West Virginia and China,......more
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