Difficulty breathing? Think you might have
asthma or know you have asthma? Hi, my name is Mark Brinson, I’m a Doctor of Oriental
Medicine, Human Performance and Physical Medicine Specialists. When people have difficulty breathing
or asthma, there are several treatments that you can use with acupressure that will facilitate
you maintaining a better balance in your body, especially in the lung system. The lung system
in Eastern Medicine doesn’t just relate to asthma and the lungs themselves, it relates
to the whole respiratory system and the skin so these treatments can also improve that.
A couple of the points you can use are just lateral and directly below the clavicles.
I usually do these, or have the person do them, with two fingers at the same time and
just a circular motion, this can help to increase the overall lung function. Another nonspecific
point, more of a channel type stimulation that you can do, is very simply taking your
hands and stroking downward on the sternum. I would do this for about one to two minutes
and possibly a little bit quicker than I’m doing it now. A third thing that you can do
is learning how to breathe through the diaphragm, once again, instead of the chest. Many times
people with asthma start to get problems with their scaling muscles, they become a chest
breather. You can see mine kind of contract when I try to breathe through my chest. Getting
a good massage therapist to work these out can help as well as learning a breathing exercise,
where you lay on the floor for a period of about two minutes, practice breathing where
you let your stomach rise, then the chest, then the chest goes down and then the stomach
goes down. Repeat that for two to three minutes until your body learns neuromuscularly to
start diaphragmatically breathing again. My name is Mark Brinson, wishing you balance
and good breathing in your life.