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Anxiety can also trigger asthma attacks
Written by Alastair Rattray.   Published on 18 November 2003.

A seven year old girl was having attacks on a daily basis. She had two ventilators, the orange one she used daily and the blue one two or three times a day, as needed. Often, she would need to use her blue inhaler when she went to bed or during the night.

She responded immediately to her first Bowen treatment, not needed her orange inhaler all week, and the blue one only twice. Then the attacks came back , strongly some times and not so strong on others. There did not seem to be any pattern to the attacks so the triggers were not obvious. Anxiety seemed to be a possible cause. Both parents were working very hard at the time and her mother was away from home much of the week. She had a younger sister with whom she seemed to get on well. An aunt living with the family looked after the children when parents were unavailable.

Bowen treatments seemed to have only a partial effect. It became obvious that anxiety was the key but the cause of the anxiety seemed less obvious. Suddenly, she became fine again. Then her mother said that she had just changed schools to one ten times the size of her primary school and that she was enjoying it very much. A few weeks after that, the attacks began again. Her mother then found that the child was very anxious about homework. Once that had been identified and sorted out, the child was fine again and has not needed any further treatment for several weeks now.


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