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Asthma - Alternative Remedies

Asthma is a chronic but treatable condition. You can manage your condition much like someone manages diabetes or heart disease. You and your doctor can work together to control asthma, reduce the severity and frequency of attacks and help maintain a normal, active life.

Asthma is a chronic but treatable condition. You can manage your condition much like someone manages diabetes or heart disease. You and your doctor can work together to control asthma, reduce the severity and frequency of attacks and help maintain a normal, active life.

Causes:

1.       Asthma occurs when the main air passages of your lungs, the bronchial tubes, become inflamed. The muscles of the bronchial walls tighten, and cells in the lungs produce extra mucus further narrowing your airways. This can cause minor wheezing to severe difficulty in breathing. In some cases, your breathing may be so labored that an asthma attack becomes life-threatening;

2.       The most common cause is allergic;

3.       Damage to lungs from smoking or inhaling smoke;

4.       Psychological factors (like anxiety and emotional stress) are often considered to be the sole cause of some asthma attacks, but it is still not certain whether it can be the sole cause or is only a precipitating factor;

5.       Occupational asthma - This type can occur in certain industries in which there is exposure to metallic dusts (especially platinum salts), biological detergents, toluene diisocyanate, polyurethane, flour and dust from grains;

6.       Regular use of the painkiller acetaminophen, also known as paracetamol, is associated with higher rates of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and reduced lung function;

Asthma Prevention and Relief

 

The following precautions are recommended for asthmatics:

 

1.       Use hypoallergenic supplements;

2.       Avoid magnesium or vitamin C in excess of 3 g per day if kidney disease or dysfunction is present;

3.       Avoid fish, fish oil or shark-liver oil if fish allergies are suspected;

4.       Be cautious when supplementing medicinal herbs if fruits, vegetables, condiments, culinary herbs and spices or flower pollens trigger allergic reactions;

5.       Use one product at a time, and take one caspule daily, to slowly build up the dosage;

Recommended Supplementation:

1.       Antioxidants-including 400 IU vitamin E and 100 mcg selenium-counter the free radical damage incurred during inflammatory responses. Vitamin C is a powerful antihistamine without side effects, and it enhances immune response. Take at least 1 g with bioflavonoids three times per day. For exercise-induced asthma, take 2 g 20 to 30 minutes before exercise;

2.       Fish oil is another anti-inflammatory. Dosage: 2 to 4 g;

3.       Glutamine powder is indicated for patients with candidiasis and for food allergy recovery. Take 10 to 20 g;

4.       Magnesium levels are chronically low in asthmatics, and the mineral helps relax the bronchial tubes and smooth muscle of the esophagus. A therapeutic dose is 400 to 800 mg;

5.       Multivitamins/minerals that include 25 to 75 mg B complex, 400 to 800 mcg folic acid, 15 to 20 mg zinc and 400 mcg chromium picolinate can be helpful. Vitamins B6 and B12 are especially important and are most likely to be deficient;

6.       N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is an antioxidant that increases glutathione levels and thins bronchial mucus. Take 200 to 500 mg three times per day;

7.       Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), helps form antibodies. Take 250 mg;

8.       Quercetin, a bioflavonoid, is antihistaminic and antiallergenic. It is known to inhibit mast cells from releasing inflammatory compounds. Take 500 mg twice daily;

Herbal Remedies

1.       Turmeric: Helps relieve asthmatic inflammation 2.       Boswellia:  Lessens the recurrence of acute asthma attacks 3.       Saibodu-to: Breathing treatment for asthmatics 4.       Parsley Leaf: Helps relieve coughing during asthma attacks 5.       Mullein: Helps relax acute asthmatic spasms 6.       Ginkgo Biloba: Reduces the mechanism that causes wheezing 7.       Reishi Mushroom: Helps strengthen the lungs 8.       Lobelia: Remarkable cure for asthmatics 9.       Butterbur: Helps reduce muscle spasms (source: http://www.naturalnews.com/035601_asthma_herbal_remedies_boswellia.html)

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