Asthma

Despite huge increases in asthma medications, the death rate from asthma has dramatically increased over the last 2 decades. People of any age can suffer from asthma, but it occurs most frequently in childhood and early adulthood.

Asthma is usually diagnosed when a patient has:

  • Difficulty or shortness in breathing with tightness of the lungs, which may be episodic.
  • Wheezing or dry cough (adults & children) or wet cough (toddlers).
  • Bronchospasm and/or inflammation are the chief mechanisms.

 

Diagnosis

Diagnosing asthma needs to be done under medical supervision, by testing the lung capacity with a peak flow meter before and after using ventolin. When the lung capacity improves after using ventolin, the diagnosis of asthma is made. Only when this test is completed under medical supervision, is a diagnosis of asthma certain.

Causes

  • Many cases have an allergic component.
  • Genetic predisposition - when parents and other family members have asthma. Viral and exercise induced asthma usually occurs in children and adults who have a family predisposition.
  • Triggers for asthma attacks can be a recent respiratory virus, exposure to cold air, exercise, contact with air borne allergens, certain foods and food additives.

 

Getting Rid of Asthma

There is no cure for asthma in orthodox medicine. A case is considered successful when symptoms are fully managed with asthma medications, and the cause left untreated.

When asthma is left untreated, long-term cases often deteriorate and the need for drugs increases. Corticosteroids like Pulmicort, Flixotide, Seretide and Qvar are popular as preventatives, used with broncho-dilators (puffers) to relieve acute episodes. Using these medicines, asthma generally remains under good control.

Medication Side Effects

The widespread use of corticosteroids being prescribed for young children is of considerable concern. Well known side effects are: physical dependence, retarded growth rate in children, oral thrush, eczema, runny nose, cough and bronchospasm - the very symptom the medication is treating! It is our experience that many children do very well after being weaned off these medications.

TREATMENT

Diet

Asthma has been labelled as a ‘disease of affluence’ so dietary improvements alleviate some asthma symptoms. Fresh fruit and vegetables, plenty of good quality water and fish oil supplements all help to improve the health of asthma sufferers.

Homeopathic Treatment

The aim of homeopathic treatment is to gradually reduce the need for these medications. Usually the patient continues to visit their doctor as well as our clinic until their doctor is happy to reduce or stop prescribing their asthma medications.

When using homeopathic medicine, asthma often improves or disappears.

Children who have been on little or no medication tend to respond very quickly. For those on medication, part of the treatment time involves slowly reducing the medication under medical supervision.

Adult cases generally take longer to respond, depending on the length of time they have had asthma and cortisone medications that have been taken.

When food sensitivities are a trigger, dietary changes are sometimes recommended. With time, your sensitivity to that food may decrease, which is the aim of treatment.

 


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