Asthma

How do I recognise Asthma and how is it treated?

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Asthma Description:

Asthma is a chronic (recurring) disease. Mosby's Medical Dictionary defines Asthma as "a respiratory disorder characterised by recurring episodes of paroxysmal dyspnea, wheezing on expiration and/or inspiration caused by constriction of the bronchi, coughing and viscous mucoid bronchial secretions"

Asthma is caused by a constriction of the muscles in the small air tubes (called bronchi) of the lungs, restricting the flow and generally inhibiting the exhalation activity (although in some cases even inhalation is affected).

Although over ten million Americans suffer from this condition and the disorder has been extensively studied, tested and observed, we are still not sure that we understand what causes this condition and why only certain of us are prone to it. Most Asthma sufferers are able to define what will bring their asthma attacks on and although these vary greatly the common ones are cold or hot air, stress and anxiety, allergens like pollens and chemicals, exercise and some infections.

Prescribed drugs for asthma are often steroid based and typically has drastic side effects over prolonged use. increased or changed hair growth, swelling and weight gain are the more common side effects.

During an asthma attack histamines and leukotrienes are produced. These substances are very potent close the airways rapidly and are often not controllable by antihistamine or other anti-allergic preparations. In many cases leukotriene production is increased by the use of non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs, intensifying rather than relieving the intensity of the attack.

For those looking towards alternative medicine (herbal, aromatherapy etc.) the options are:

Complimentary Alternative Medication (CAM). The alternative medicine is taken with prescription drugs to increase or enhance the effectiveness of the prescription drug. Depending on the efficacy of the alternate medicine over time the prescription drug can be reduced thereby reducing side effects.

Many herbal remedies are effective in preventing asthma attacks or reducing the frequency of asthma attacks. There is anecdotal evidence that some herbal medicine (particularly some Chinese herbal preparations) are effective in the treatment of asthma attacks.

Asthma is a serious condition and any variation to already prescribed treatment must not be attempted without the supervision of your medical practitioner.

Unless it is under strict medical supervision an acute asthma attack should not be treated with alternative medicine. Seek the help of your doctor immediately.

 

Therapeutic solutions by Modality:

Herbal:AromatherapyBach Flower remedies
Primary:
Agrimony

Secondary:

Uncategorized:
Caraway,
Coffee
Eucalypt,
Ginger,
Milk Thistle,
Garlic,
Kola,
Angelica,
Clary Sage,
Onion,
Sundew
Tea Tree

Cajuput,
Clove,
Frankincense,
Lavender,
Litsea Cubeba,
Hyssop,
Melissa,
Tea Tree,
Peppermint
 
Homeopathy: Supplements:Minerals:
Arsenic,
Hypericum Perforatum,
Carbo Vegetabilis,
Coccus Cacti
Cuprum Metallicum
Drosera
Dulcamara
Kalium Carbonicum
Phosphorus
Thuja
  
Vitamins:Ayurvedic: Traditional Chinese:
    

 

 

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