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What is it?
The noisy low-pitched breathing sounds known as wheezing are louder on breathing out. The symptom is caused by obstruction of the bronchial tubes in the lungs. The commonest cause is asthma. The walls of the airways swell and become inflamed, and the muscles around them contract. At the same time the bronchial mucous glands may produce excessive mucus. All these result in coughing, shortness of breath and wheezing. Warning Wheezing can be a symptom of a serious condition. Sufferers, especially elderly people and children, should therefore see a doctor.
Noisy low-pitched breathing, coughing, shortness of breath.
Conventional Practice:
When wheezing is caused by asthma, a doctor may prescribe a muscle relaxant such as salbutamol (ventolin) to open the airways, an inhaled steroid such as beclomethasone (becotide) to reduce swelling and inflammation, and a medicine such as cromoglycate to alleviate the allergy.
Alternative Treatments:
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info
  An ancient Chinese therapy, patients are treated by sticking needles into their skin at particular points. These acupuncture points lie along invisible energy channels called meridians. The needles are said to unblock a flow of energy (called Qi) through the meridians. More Info
  Moxibustion is a way of applying heat locally to regulate; tone and supplement of the bodys flow of Qi (vital energy), and has been found especially useful for relieving post-operative pain and for conditions such as arthritis. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info

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