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Information on Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory response in which:

Another name for your airways are bronchi, so asthma is often called bronchial asthma.

How Common Is Asthma?
What Causes It?
What Are the Risk Factors?
Asthma Symptoms
Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks
How Is It Diagnosed?
Conventional Treatment
Alternative Treatment
Can It Be Prevented?
What Should You Do Next?

How Common Is Asthma?

Asthma is a common - and serious - respiratory disorder:


What Causes Asthma?

The causal mechanisms are complex and vary among population groups and even individuals. Possible causes and factors are:

What Are the Risk Factors for Asthma?

There are multiple risk factors for asthma:


Asthma Symptoms

 

Life-Threatening Asthma Attack

Here's what to look for if you think you may be having an asthma attack:


How Is Asthma Diagnosed?


Conventional Treatment


Alternative Treatment

Any plan to address asthma will use some, but not all, of the following treatment suggestions. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a naturopathic or other nutritionally oriented physician for assistance in determining which treatments are right for you, and what the proper therapeutic doses are.

Address underlying causes

Identify and treat underlying causes such as low stomach acid, GERD, intestinal permeability, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, and candida infection.

Identify and address (control or avoid) underlying triggers of asthma:

Dietary treatments

Nutritional supplements

Nutritional supplements such as vitamin C, vitamin E, carotenes, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, magnesium, zinc, and selenium have been shown to be effective in the treatment of asthma. Studies have shown that low levels of many of these nutrients are associated with asthma.

It is very difficult to get enough Omega 3 essential fatty acids through the diet, particularly because our standard American diet is so heavily weighted toward the Omega 6 EFAs. Supplementation of additional fish oil is an essential component in the long-term treatment.

Botanical Medicine

Herbal medicines are selected based on their action. Herbs might include anti-inflammatory herbs, demulcent herbs, expectorant herbs, and/or“anti-allergic” herbs.

Some specific herbs traditionally used for asthma include: Ephedra sinensis (Ma huang), Lobelia inflata (lobelia),Glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice), Grindelia camporum (grindelia), Euphorbia hirta (euphorbia), Drosera rotundifolia (sundew), Tylophora Indica (Indian Ipecac), Boswellia serrata (frankincense), Petasites hybridus (butterbur), Urtica dioica (Nettle leaf) and Capsicum frutescens (cayenne).

Some herbs, such as ephedra, should only be used after physician evaluation and with physician supervision.

Flavonoids, especially quercetin, appear to be key antioxidants in the treatment of asthma.

Other Therapies to Consider

Supplement Quality Is Important

Our intention when we use nutritional and botanical supplements is for these treatments to have a physiological effect and clinical benefit, meaning that they are effective and your health improves.

The quality of nutritional supplements in the general marketplace is suspect. In order to get the maximum benefit to your health, be sure you purchase the highest quality nutritional supplements.


Can Asthma Be Prevented?

Asthma can be prevented or treated by addressing the modifiable risk factors that are involved in the development of asthma.

What Should You Do Next?

The doctors at The Connecticut Center for Health are very experienced in the treatment of asthma. If you have (or suspect you have) asthma symptoms and want to learn more about natural treatments for this condition, we recommend that you contact one of our clinics for a free consultation about allegies or an appointment.

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