They reported the main reasons for stress causing asthma is:
- Stress hormones cause the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome which causes a faster heart rate, with more shallow and faster breathing. This type of breathing can put someone at risk for an asthma attack
- When one is stressed, they have more of a tendency to become angry and anger is a trigger for stress.
Dr. Raja Amarnath says “Emotional stress is the main contributor to the worsening of asthma symptoms” and later in the article said “Meditation is an effective tool to thwart asthma attacks.” He regularly uses it to help his patients. Research also supports the use of meditation for asthma.
The Art of Ascension invokes the relaxation response which turns off the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome. It slows breathing, relaxes the body, reduces blood pressure, and, in effect, reduces stress very effectively.
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