Asthma – Do you suffer from asthma attacks? Some attacks can be particularly scary and leave you with an underlying fear. This can be fear of not being able to breathe, fear of not having your inhaler, fear that you may die, etc. All of these fears can stay with you and actually cause your asthma attacks to become more serious than they need to be.
Now there is a solution! Hypnotherapy can help you reduce the severity of your asthma attacks. It helps by triggering calm feelings at the onset of an attack, by eliminating the fear associated with your breathing difficulty and removing your expectation of an attack.
Here are some of the more interesting facts about asthma in Ireland today
- Approximately 470,000 people (both adults and children) in Ireland suffer with it
- You can develop it at any time during your life although it most commonly begins in childhood.
- It is quite common for a person who suffers with it to also have hayfever, eczema or other allergies.
Usual symptoms are
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Tightness in your chest
- Hearing a “whistling” sound as you breathe (commonly known as wheezing)
- Coughing a lot at night
Asthma Study Proves Hypnosis Is Beneficial
Ewer and Stewart (1986) conducted a scientific study involving 39 adults diagnosed with asthma experiencing mild to moderate symptoms. The aim of the study was to look at the effect hypnotherapy has on treating people with asthma. 17 of the participants were part of the control group. They did not receive any form of treatment. The remaining 22 participants were then tested on susceptibility toward hypnosis. Twelve were highly susceptible to hypnosis and the remaining 10 had a low level of susceptibility. The 22 patients in the experimental group received hypnotherapy session for 6 weeks.
Results were highly significant involving the 12 participants who were highly susceptible to hypnosis. They showed a 74.9% improvement in bronchial hyper-responsiveness. These patients also reported 41% improvement of related symptoms. In addition, their peak expiratory flow rates improved by 5.5%. Their usage of bronchodilators decreased by 26.2%. The control group and those who showed low susceptibility did not report any improvement. This study shows that people with this problem who are highly susceptible to hypnotherapy are likely to see significant benefits from hypnosis.
Source: Ewer, T.C. & Stewart, D.C. (1986). Improvement in bronchial hyper-responsiveness in patients with moderate asthma after treatment with a hypnotic technique: A randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 293, 1129-1132.
How Can Hypnosis Help You?
- the fear and panic associated with an attack which can prolong the attack
- the expectation of the severity of an attack which in itself can cause an attack to be worse than it needs to be
- the frequency of attacks
This can help to reduce your bronchial hyper-responsiveness and increase your peak flow rates in many cases.
If you’d like to find out more about how you can improve your asthma condition naturally with hypnotherapy, just arrange a free initial consultation by clicking the image below. The free initial consultation is where we meet for approximately one hour. We’ll discuss the onset of your problem, when it is at it’s worst, what needs to happen to trigger an attack, etc. I’ll also be able to explain how hypnotherapy can help you, how many sessions you’ll need, etc., and answer any questions you may have.