Several people say they took the easy way out of an asthma attack by learning relaxation techniques and controlled breathing. When you are at home and have an asthma attack coming on, use inhaler and then lie down in a dark, quit room.
But can quiet moments yield big asthma beating benefits? You better believe it says a doctor. When you are short of breath, there is a natural tendency to try to breathe faster to get more air. But faster breathing requires more energy and effort at a time when you are already under stress, making the problem even worse.
On the other hand, slowing their breathing rate can make some asthmatics feel better almost immediately.
One technique: Controlled breathing. While lying on your back, first fill your belly with air,then allow your chest to expand and fill. Exhale, and repeat. To practice and make sure you are doing the technique properly, rest your right hand on your stomach and your left hand on your chest. Your right hand should rise before the left one does.
Listening to soothing music, even self hypnosis, have all been used effectively against asthma. All these things have some potential benefit, but its like telling someone that they wont get hurt as much if they can keep from getting tense when they are involved in an automobile accident. It is hard to relax when you feel like you are struggling for breath but it can be done.