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What is it?
Occurs when tiny air sacs in the lungs become distended and rapture. This damages the lungs’ elasticity making them less efficient and slowing down their flow of blood. Heavy smokers and people living or working in polluted atmosphere are mostly at risk. The main symptoms are breathlessness and blueness of the lips.
Breathlessness, blueness of lips.
Patients with severe breathing problems may be given oxygen and antibiotics may be prescribed to control secondary infection. A doctor will certainly advise sufferers to stop smoking, take regular exercise in fresh air and avoid polluted atmosphere.
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
Naturopathy has concentrated on helping the body to cure itself. It aims to do this by means of various therapies, chiropractic, diets and dieting, exercise, hydrotherapy, massage, osteopathy, relaxation and breathing, and yoga. It also encourages people to think positively in terms of good health. More Info
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
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info