For about a year now I've been using the Relaxation Response whenever I have an asthma attack and this has led me to not need to use my inhaler anymore. I've had asthma since the age of 2 and have tried all sorts of alternatives/complementary medicine (acupuncture, Buteyko, diets) and have not had much success. BUT, after reading a book on the Relaxation Response by Dr Herbert Benson I used his technique whenever I had an attack. It took a few months for me to actually register but I'd realised I hadn't needed to take my Bricanyl inhaler for several weeks (previously took it daily). I still take my inhaler with me everywhere I go but never use it. I realised that this info may be of help to others. I had never previously thought my asthma was stress related but I think it is more the case that I don't typically breath in the most ideal way, particularly when I'm stressed. The Relaxation Response probably helps me calm and normalise my breathing.
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