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MEDITATION HELPED MY ASTHMA

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    a retired worker

Mr. Leung Tong is a seventy-seven year old retiree. He was a Chinese cook before he retired at age sixty.

I have been healthy all my life, seldom even see a doctor or take any medicine. However, since seven years ago, when I turned seventy, I started to have asthma. The asthma attacks usually came in March, and twice it was very severe, the wheezing was very distressing. I did not have asthma when I was a child. I smoked heavily when I was young, but I stopped smoking twenty years ago.

In the last two years, the asthma attacks became more frequent and moce severe. Kneeling down and squatting causefe severe breathing difficulty. Just walking a few blocks causes choking sensation in the throat. After consulting a cardiologist and internist, I had been taking one tablet of Tedral three time a day since then and feeling better. However, as soon as I began to take the pill less frequently; I became short of breath again.

Recently, I started to practise Chinese Meditation, studying with my teacher three times a week. At home, I practise once in the morninq and once at night for half-an-hour each. After two months of training, I am no longer short of breath. I can kneel down, bend over, squat dcwi without difficulty. I have not taken a single pill for several months now. In the last few days, the weather was very bad. I walked in the heavy rain and strong wind, without any ill effects. Before I practise meditation, any change of weather would give roe breathing difficulty.

Interview conducted in June 1980

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