Children, asthma and sports

In a departure from past practice, doctors now allow children with asthma to enjoy physical activity.

According to Chinese medicine, asthma is caused by deficient qi (or ‘chi’), a kind of energy (it’s a bit complicated; it has to do with blood and breath—in other words, oxygenation). Physical activity can increase qi, therefore it can benefit asthma sufferers. Of course, the kind and amount of activity has to be matched to the person’s health, abilities, constitution, etc.

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