September 3, 2013 | Posted in Inflammations / Infections, Men's Health, Pediatrics, Respiratory, Women's Health

Asthma is one of the chronic diseases of our time that has invaded childhood with a high frequency of occurrence never before seen. Children may carry it lifelong as well.

Asthma is a disease of exhaustion often with fewer symptoms in the early part of the day, and more in evening and nighttime, when the person’s vitality (etheric body) is depleted.  See Etheric body.

Description

Asthma is in the family of allergies (see Allergies – hay fever). The person prone to allergy-related problems is termed ‘atopic.’

Allergies are known to be less frequent in families who use fermented foods in their diet consistently.

The good bacteria administered as probiotic supplements are of known value for the skin problems of allergic people (atopic dermatitis), and possibly the nasal symptoms (rhinitis).

Asthma needs more studies to determine if it can be benefitted by probiotics or not. But since a person eats daily, choosing healthy foods of high quality including lactic-acid fermented foods, is a common sense decision. Science will catch up in time.

Inflammation is known to be a factor in asthma, so steroids are frequently prescribed by inhalation or orally.
Bronchospasm is the other factor identified in asthma.
Look for complicating factors: nasal congestion, ear infection, sinusitis, fever with rapid respiration and shortness of breath (need chest listened to b/c may indicate pneumonia); each of these requires its own treatment. Ask your doctor for accurate diagnosis. See Diagnosis, Sinusitis -ETDCough.

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Treatments

Severe asthma requires immediate medical attention. 
Mild asthma can be lessened with natural treatments.

Keep a person with acute asthma warm all over, especially the feet.   See Warmth and health.

Rest helps rebuilding, including mental and eye rest (avoid TV and reading!  but read to the person who is ill).

Hydration is important. Avoid constipation (see Constipation.)

Some asthma patients respond well to inhalations, such as with thyme, or to mustard packs on calves or chest. Watch for individual variability when using herbs and steam, in case there is a sensitive reaction to them. For example, chamomile is in the goldenrod family, and a chamomile inhalation might be problematic for a person who is sensitive to goldenrod.  For those not sensitive, it can be of value.  Chamomile steam inhalation treatment.

Ancient Minerals provides topical magnesium in the form of magnesium chloride as bath salts, gel, lotion, and spray. Magnesium is the body’s natural tranquilizer, and we are commonly deficient in it. Adequate magnesium helps relieve the bronchospasm component of asthma. Magnesium is poorly absorbed orally, and better absorbed through the skin. Epsom salts are another source of magnesium, magnesium sulfate, which is not quite as pure or well-absorbed as magnesium chloride. Epsom salts are still a valuable source of magnesium. Baths with either one should include generous amounts of magnesium in the tub water (3-4 cups for adults) and be moderate temperature, 15-30 minutes in length.  Magnesium baths are not a treatment for acute asthma, but can be helpful to strengthen and prevent asthma attacks for the person known to have asthma.

True Botanica Cinis Radis powder for adults 1/8 tsp twice daily orally strengthens the exhausted nervous system.
True Botanica AKBA Plus for adults one capsule 1-3 times per day orally is a natural anti-inflammatory derived from frankincense.

Supportive remedies for mild asthma can be used for a maintenance program as outlined below. These may be used in conjunction with conventional prescription remedies for asthma. This may allow the person to use less of the conventional prescriptions. Ask your doctor for guidance in this regard.

  • Morning: Uriel Petasites with Quercus for adults 10 pellets each morning orally
  • Midday: Uriel Prunus Spinosa et summ 10% or Weleda Pharmacy Prunus spinosa 2x for adults 10 drops in ½ teaspoon of water midday orally.  Asthma is a disease of exhaustion. Prunus builds vitality, to carry the patient through the rest of the day.
  • Evening: Uriel Petasites with Veronica for adults use ten pellets orally in the evening.

Uriel Rose Copper Ointment for adults a small amount applied in a sideways figure 8, at the level of the waist (kidney) at bedtime, is support for the kidney-adrenal system, which is under stress in asthma patients.  It is not a treatment for acute asthma but contributes to long-term improvement.

Weleda Pharmacy Lobelia compound for adults 7 drops in ½ teaspoon water four times daily orally as needed for mild shortness of breath.

ASK YOUR DOCTOR:  Practitioners may recommend for children one pellet per year of age up to 10 (10 is the dose for this age through adulthood.). If a patient has symptoms, practitioners may recommend giving a dose hourly during the appropriate time of day. In addition, remedies can be used in the nebulizer, or by injection with a medical provider’s supervision.

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**Cautions**

Asthma can be life-threatening.

Always work with a medical provider.

Call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room if symptoms are severe.

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Resources

True Botanica www.truebotanica.com +1 800 315 TRUE (8783) (in USA)  +1 262 912 0970 (outside USA)

Uriel Pharmacy www.urielpharmacy.com +1 866 642 2858 (in USA)  +1 262 642 2858 (outside USA)

Weleda www.weleda.com  +1 800 241  1030 (in USA and to obtain contact info outside USA)

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