Asthma Specialists Upper Marlboro MD

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

Chun-Ming Tseng, MD
(301) 618-5500
1221 Mercantile Ln
Largo, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Taipei Med Coll, Taipei, Taiwan (385-04 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1981

Data Provided by:
Pedro A Alonso, MD
(240) 857-8305
1050 W Perimeter Rd
Andrews Afb, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1994

Data Provided by:
Mohammed Taleghani
(301) 870-7001
7503 Surratts Rd
Clinton, MD
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

Data Provided by:
Mohammad Far Taleghani, MD
(301) 899-8900
4467 Old Branch Ave Ste 201
Temple Hills, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Teheran Univ, Fac Of Med, Teheran, Iran
Graduation Year: 1957

Data Provided by:
Moti L Koul
(301) 899-1212
4467 Old Branch Ave
Temple Hills, MD
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

Data Provided by:
Chun Ming Tseng
(301) 618-5578
1221 Mercantile Lane
Largo, MD
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care (Intensivists)

Data Provided by:
David Brian Maybee, MD
1050 W Perimeter Rd
Andrews Air Force Base, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1995

Data Provided by:
Moti Lal Koul, MD
4467 Old Branch Ave
Temple Hills, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gov'T Med Coll, Kashmir Univ, Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, India
Graduation Year: 1969

Data Provided by:
Charles Francis Colao, MD
(301) 899-1320
3710 Riviera St
Temple Hills, MD
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Diseases
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1957
Hospital
Hospital: Prince Georges Hospital Center, Cheverly, Md

Data Provided by:
Revathy Murthy
(301) 322-7737
6130 Landover Rd
Cheverly, MD
Specialty
Pulmonary Disease

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

Unwinding from Asthma

Provided by: 

By Swaha Devi

Like clockwork, a 2 a.m. asthma attack shut down my airways and jolted me out of sleep. The sweet relief of breath was at arm’s length, in the emergency inhaler on my night table. One quick spray and within seconds I felt my bronchial tubes begin to relax, allowing precious air to enter.

The next development was all too predictable. The drug made my heart race, and I couldn’t fall back asleep until just moments before the alarm clock rang, ending my brief respite.

Scenarios like this are typical of the hold asthma exerted on my life for many years. Episodes came and went, with spasms gripping my bronchial tubes, inflammation swelling the mucous membranes, and phlegm choking the breath out of me.

The attacks were at their worst when I lived in Florida, where the intense humidity caused mildew to flourish, aggravating my condition. I often felt like I was trying to breathe under water. Nor did my job as a tech writer in an old airplane hangar—full of mold, chemical fumes, and cigarette smoke—help matters. I can’t count the times when it seemed impossible to think clearly enough to get through the day. I tried allergy shots, but hated having to poke myself with a needle, so I quit the job instead. When a doctor told me my only option was to take medicine for the rest of my life, I finally found the courage to say enough.

My first order of business was to stop an attack without using inhalers. I accomplished this within weeks through a variety of methods, including taking first hot, then cold showers to relax the spasms, and hovering over steam infused with eucalyptus oil for long periods. But I was still living from one attack to the next. I needed to get to the root of the problem.

Once I began digging, clues turned up everywhere (even in King Tut’s tomb, where the anti-inflammatory herb licorice, now known as a decongestant, was unearthed alongside other treasures). Ultimately, though, putting the disease behind me required tending to much more than my closed airways. Top of the list? Stress.

Once I started paying attention, I realized almost anything—a cold, deadline pressures, bad news, or bad weather—could start me wheezing. Emotional stress of any kind was a particularly powerful trigger.

Elson Haas, a physician and director of the Preventive Medicine Center of Marin in San Rafael, California, isn’t surprised. Stress kicks off physiological responses that lead directly to breathing troubles, he says. What’s the first thing people do when they’re nervous? Take shorter breaths, of course. Plus, the body releases certain hormones when we’re under stress (particularly adrenaline and cortisol) that open up the airways—but once the stress goes away and these hormones subside, the bronchial tubes can tighten up again.

Clearly, I needed to coax my body into staying calm. (Stop and smell the roses? I was allergic to them!)

You’d think my living situation would have been a help. I was part of a yoga community at the time...

Author: Swaha Devi

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...