Treating Asthma Another Way

Many people believe that there is no solution to asthma and that they have it and the allergies that go with it for life. This is not always the case.

There are a number of natural alternatives to treating asthma. This does not mean having to throw away your child’s or your own puffer. Treatment begins while patients are still on their puffers and other medications. Then, as symptoms improve, medications and puffers can be gradually withdrawn under your doctor’s supervision.

First on the list is diet. Asthma has been stated as a ‘disease of affluence’ as it is far more prevalent in developed countries. When people from developing countries move to western nations with a higher standard of living, their incidence of asthma increases. Keeping a diet free of processed food (chips, ice cream, takeaway, soft drinks) and adding 100% whole grain breads and cereals, fresh fish, fresh fruit and vegetables is the first step. The old saying ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away’ may have some truth in it. Research shows that eating more apples improves the health of your lungs.

Drinking plenty of water is essential to get on the recovery road. Research has shown that drinking more water has helped to minimise the severity and frequency of asthma attacks.

Often, allergy sufferers are sensitive to chemicals in food. The solution is to eat organic food which is chemical free. The extra cost is offset by the reduction in the need for ongoing health care.

Identifying allergies is crucial in asthma treatment. If the allergies are foods, then the treatment begins with removing those foods. If the allergies are airborne like pollens or dust mites, treatment gets a little more complicated. Allergy testing can be conducted in a number of ways. Once identified, homeopathy offers desensitising treatments, in a similar way to doctors, but without the injections.

Sometimes, eliminating foods like milk brings a huge improvement. It's easy to get calcium from foods other than dairy products.

Vitamin and mineral supplements are also useful. Supplements like fish oil capsules, zinc, the B vitamins, and magnesium, help to reduce lung inflammation and wheezing.

There are more specialised treatments available. We prescribe medicines to treat individual asthma symptoms. This requires a consultation, in order to take a full medical history and current symptoms.