Fighting Asthma The Natural Way - Tiziana M. - ebook
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Have you or has anyone you know been diagnosed with asthma? If so,you may be a little confused by the questions that no one seems to beable to answer.As you will discover as you read through this book, one of the reasonsthat asthma sufferers often find themselves left in the dark about theircondition is that although the basic definition of asthma is verystraightforward, almost everything else about the condition is not.Consequently, in this book I’m going to answer as many asthma relatedquestions as possible. Then, I will introduce a variety of naturaltreatments that have been shown to be effective to treat asthma.

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Table of Contents

Title Page

Chapter 1

 

 

 

 

Dealing with asthma naturally

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Table of Contents

Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Asthma might be simple to define, but… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Asthma is more complex than it might first appear… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Known inflammatory triggers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Asthma symptom triggers… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

The list is long, but it could be longer… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

Can asthma be cured? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

Treating asthma with drugs is a two-stage process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Long term asthma control drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

What they are and how they work… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

The side effects of each… . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Where natural treatments begin to fit into the picture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

‘Quick fix’ asthma drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Defining well controlled asthma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Using a peak flow meter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21

Spirometry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Other asthma control factors to consider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

Changing your lifestyle might be the first thing to consider . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Common natural asthma treatments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Multivitamins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Honey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Garlic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

Apple cider vinegar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Eliminate dairy produce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Eliminate wheat (gluten) based products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Drink black coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Take cold showers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Herbs for fighting asthma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

A natural asthma diet plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

Less common natural asthma treatments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Halotherapy or speleotherapy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Marine phytoplankton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Adopting a homeopathic approach to treating asthma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

 

 

2

Introduction

Have you or has anyone you know been diagnosed with asthma? If so,

you may be a little confused by the questions that no one seems to be

able to answer.

As you will discover as you read through this book, one of the reasons

that asthma sufferers often find themselves left in the dark about their

condition is that although the basic definition of asthma is very

straightforward, almost everything else about the condition is not.

Consequently, in this book I’m going to answer as many asthma related

questions as possible. Then, I will introduce a variety of natural

treatments that have been shown to be effective to treat asthma.

3

Asthma might be simple to define, but…

The first question to address is “What is asthma?”

Fortunately, this is the easiest of all the asthma questions to be

addressed, because the medical profession as a whole is in broad

agreement as to how to define and classify asthma.

At its most basic, doctors agree that asthma is a respiratory disease

that results in ‘chronic inflammation of the airways’.

People often show symptoms well before asthma develops, because

asthma can start with something as simple as a common cold or cough.

Other symptoms that could potentially become asthma include

sneezing, mild shortness of breath, or even something outside your

lungs or respiratory tract such as a headache.

The bottom line is that it is extremely common for the initial signs of

asthma to be ignored, because they appear to be nothing more than the

symptoms of a common, everyday condition such as a cough or a cold.

This lack of awareness is one of the main reasons many people do not

seek treatment for their asthma.

According to the Asthma Society of Canada, as many as six out of every

ten Canadians who have asthma do not control their condition. This

figure is expected to be similar in other developed Western nations.

Because asthma is a chronic condition, it is one that has to be dealt

with throughout your life. It causes inflammation, and therefore

constricts the airways that carry air in your lungs. Consequently, this

restricts the passage of air from the outside world through an asthma

sufferer’s lungs, making it difficult for them to breathe.

Asthma sufferers’ airways are sensitive to many conditions, such as

moist, warm or cold air, allergens, stress or physical exertion. The

muscles that surround the airways react to these conditions by

contracting and narrowing the airways of a person with asthma.

The problem is generally made worse by the fact that the muscles also

cause excess mucus to be produced at the same time as the

contraction, further blocking the airways.

However, many of the most common signs of an asthma attack can

often be recognized well before the condition itself is fully developed.

Some of the signs of asthma are obvious, whereas others might not be

as easily recognized and possibly the result of another medical

condition. The less obvious the symptoms are, the earlier in the

development cycle of asthma or the less likely that the symptoms will

turn into asthma.

4

Less acute indicators that might fall into the ‘early warning’ category

could include any of the following:

• Frequent mood changes

• Regular bouts of sneezing

• Restlessness

• Glassy or watery eyes

• Unexplained increased tiredness

• Dry mouth

• Persistent or constant headaches

• Sleeping difficulties

• Exercise intolerance

• Dark circles under the eyes

• Pale complexion

Obviously, all of these ‘early warning’ indicators could suggest that

asthma might become a problem, but they could also be the result of

another serious medical condition.

Consequently, you would not necessarily assume that any of the

symptoms in the previous list is a clear indicator or precursor of

asthma. However, if these symptoms are ignored, the condition is likely

to worsen for anyone who is at risk to develop asthma.

When the condition worsens, the symptoms become increasingly

obvious. These symptoms could include:

• Wheezing, coughing and general tightness in the chest

• Shortness of breath, especially after basic exercise such as

walking or climbing the stairs

• Inability to talk

• Inability to think clearly

• Drooping posture or hunched shoulders indicating that the

sufferer is struggling for breath

• Obvious nasal flaring as they struggle to inhale

• Contraction in the area below the ribs and in the neck while

struggling to breathe

• A grey or grey-blue tint gradually appearing on the skin, often

starting around the nose and mouth area

5

Any of these signs would be indicative of what we would normally

recognize to be an ‘asthma attack’.

Everything about asthma up to this point seems relatively

straightforward because you will probably recognize the asthma

‘symptoms’ - especially if you know someone who suffers from the

condition. Asthma is a surprisingly common condition and one that most

of us are familiar with to some degree.

6

Asthma is more complex than it might first

appear…

There are many factors that make asthma an extremely complex

problem as well as a simple one, factors which mean that there are

probably no two people who have exactly the same ‘level’, ‘degree’ or

‘type’ of asthma.

While we do know that asthma will generally be seen first in young

people, medical science is still unable to isolate exactly what causes

asthma. What researchers have been to establish is that asthma can

develop as a result of either environmental factors or it can be genetic,

and of course, a combination of the two is also possible.

For instance, if one of your parents is an allergy or asthma sufferer

themselves, then that increases the chances that you could become a

sufferer as well. If both parents have the same problem, then your

chances of developing asthma are significantly increased as well.

Additionally, there are plenty of recognized environmental factors or

‘triggers’ that can bring on an asthma attack, with these triggers

generally being broken down into two different classifications.

The first group of asthma triggers would be those that cause an allergic

inflammation of the airways, with the triggers in this group known as

inflammatory triggers.

The second category is non-allergic triggers that do not cause the initial

inflammation. However, they do have the ability to irritate the sufferer,

making them itchy which in turn can bring on anxiety and stress that

eventually leads to an asthma attack. These would be known as

symptom triggers.