Asthma Relief Naturally without Drugs or Inhalers
The incidence of asthma is reaching epidemic proportions around the world and children make up a large percentage of those who are hardest hit.
No one knows for certain what causes asthma, but it is generally believed that genetics, an abnormal nervous system response to certain stimuli, and environmental factors play key roles. There is no known “cure” for asthma, therefore, it is considered to be a life-long chronic illness. But there is hope. Read on!
An estimated 300 million people suffer with asthma worldwide, and that number is climbing. According to the World Health Organization, asthma accounts for more than 180, 000 deaths worldwide every year, and it is the most common chronic illness among the world’s children.
What is Asthma?
According to the Asthma Society of Canada, doctors define asthma as “chronic inflammatory disease of the airways.” With asthma, the airways in your lungs (bronchial tubes) overreact to allergens or irritants (triggers), causing them to become inflamed and constricted. These airways carry oxygen and air to and from your body. When they become constricted or tighten, breathing becomes difficult and they begin to make more mucous, which causes even more constriction.
Long-term asthma medications can control the onset of asthma symptoms and short-term “rescue” medications rush in to alleviate asthma symptoms when there is a flare-up. Uncontrolled asthma is the most common reason for school absences, missed work or reduced productivity while at work because of the severity of asthma symptoms on any given day.
What are Typical Asthma Symptoms?
When bronchial airways tighten and become narrow as a reaction to some type of trigger, asthma symptoms are likely to occur. They can be moderate to severe, depending on the trigger and the person. Symptoms might occur only during acute asthma attacks or you may have mild symptoms all the time, only at night, or only after a strenuous workout routine (exercise-induced asthma).
Typical symptoms of asthma include:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Wheezing when you exhale
- Tightness in the chest
- Inability to sleep because of breathing/wheezing/coughing symptoms
In an acute asthma attack, these symptoms rapidly become even more severe and, as the airways get even tighter and more inflamed, along with increased mucous production, you might also experience:
- Problems speaking or focusing
- Extreme anxiety or panic symptoms
- The inability to “catch” your breath
- Lips and fingernails that turn blue
- Severe wheezing when you inhale and exhale
- Extreme sweating of the face, paleness
Having an asthma attack plan of action helps you to recognize the early symptoms of an attack so you can prevent a full-blown and far more serious and severe asthma attack. It is especially important for a child with asthma to be able to monitor his or her own symptoms and to be able to let a teacher or caregiver know when urgent help is required so that appropriate action can be taken.
What Causes Asthma?
Unlike some conditions or illnesses, asthma isn’t something you catch, like a cold, and it’s not contagious.
While it’s not really clear why some people get asthma and others do not, many health care professionals believe that asthma has its roots in genetic and environmental influences. Asthma symptoms usually occur as a reaction to certain triggers that set the symptoms in motion. Triggers are generally classified as allergens or irritants, and may include:
- Second-hand cigarette smoke
- Air pollutants (smog)
- Airborne allergens, such as dust, molds, pollens, pet dander and dust mites (allergic asthma)
- Colds or viruses
- Strenuous physical activity (exercise-induced asthma)
- Foods (nuts, shellfish) or food additives and preservatives (MSG)
- Menstrual cycle for women
- Certain medications, including beta-blockers, aspirin and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Emotional stress
- Household chemicals or odors (cooking)
- Weather – cold temperatures, wet weather
Asthma Diagnosis and Classification
How is an asthma diagnosis made? Are there any specific tests for it? To diagnose asthma, a health care professional will usually take a full health history, including family medical history, and inquire about the presence of any symptoms that appear to be asthma-related and what might be triggering those symptoms (allergies, pets, smoke in the home, foods, etc.).
Next, he or she also will conduct a physical examination and perform certain tests to determine the presence of:
- Wheezing while exhaling
- Nasal inflammation (swelling) and an increase in mucous production
- Other types of allergic conditions (i.e., skin rashes, eczema, hives)
- Breathing difficulties, by using lung function testing to see if and how well air is expelled from the lungs
After the health care practitioner has rendered an asthma diagnosis, he or she must then go about classifying the severity level of the asthma. Depending on the frequency and severity of the individual’s asthma symptoms, a classification that ranges from mild intermittent to severe persistent is applied. That classification is then used to decide the specific course of asthma treatment that is required.
Asthma Medications and Treatment
The goal of traditional asthma treatment is to control the asthma symptoms and to prevent full-blown flare-ups that can be scary (to both the sufferer and those around him or her) and life threatening.
Traditionally, the asthma sufferer is prescribed preventive asthma medication and is asked to be vigilant about avoiding specific asthma triggers that will aggravate his or her asthma symptoms. Allergy testing and treatment may also be advised.
The asthma sufferer will also be advised on what to do if he or she notices a sudden dangerous shift in the severity of their symptoms and how to respond to acute asthma emergencies.
Medications to treat asthma generally fall into several categories, including:
- Inhaled corticosteroids are the most often prescribed long-term use asthma medications, to reduce inflammation in bronchial airways.
- Long-acting beta-2 agonists (LABAs) are inhaled long-acting bronchodilators that open up the constricted airways and reduce inflammation. They are often prescribed with inhaled corticosteroids to treat asthma.
- Leukotriene modifiers, also inhaled, open bronchial airways and reduce inflammation and mucous production.
- Cromolyn and nedocromil (Tilade) are inhaled to reduce asthma symptoms by decreasing allergic reactions.
- Theophylline, an oral daily bronchodilator that opens bronchial airways and relaxes muscles that line the outside of the airways.
- Allergy injections to desensitize against asthma allergens, particularly dust mites.
For more information on the medications used to treat asthma, please see the side bar to this article and a related article “Asthma Medications: Are the Rewards Really Worth the Risks?”
Worried About the Risks? Try An All-Natural Approach To Deal With Asthma
Many people worry about the side effects of asthma medication. And… if you’re a parent, you also worry about your children’s asthma symptoms, feeling as though you are caught between a rock and a hard place. To medicate or not to medicate, that is your question and your concern, and neither choice seems to be preferable, because possible outcomes for either choice could prove disastrous.
So, what if you knew about a natural solution that has shown exceptional results in research testing on patients with asthma? Would you be interested in it, either for your child or for yourself? Would you like to know more?
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How Does Chiropractic Care Affect Asthma?
Chiropractors believe that most illnesses and conditions can be traced back to a problem with the central nervous system. Since you live your life through your nervous system, if something is out of whack, then symptoms begin to appear, symptoms that never would have appeared if your nervous system was functioning at an optimal level.
What causes your nervous system to get out of whack? A misaligned spine, and that’s the reason why chiropractors move bones – to put spines back into proper alignment so that nerves can function correctly.
How does your spine get misaligned? Generally, through some type of head trauma that occurred at some time in your life. Maybe it happened during the birth process, when incredible pressure was exerted on your neck and spine as you came through the birth canal. Maybe it happened when you fell off your tricycle when you were three. Or, when you were hit in the head with a baseball when you were 10.
“It really doesn’t matter when or where you were hurt, but nearly everyone suffers some type of head trauma in their lives as the result of an accident or injury,” explains this chiropractor in Covington, WA. And, it is these types of accidents and injuries that cause the spinal misalignments that result in nerve dysfunction. When nerves malfunction, the areas that they control become weakened and sick because the communication between that body part and the brain is severely diminished, or maybe even cut off entirely.
Think about it: what happens to your cell phone when you hit a “dead spot” between towers with no reception? It usually has a very weak signal or… it doesn’t work at all. Why is that? Because the communication link between the phone (body) and the cell tower (brain) is being interfered with by a mountain or a valley (spinal misalignment) that makes communication impossible!
The same scenario happens with your body when interference prevents your nervous system from carrying messages back and forth between your brain and your body! Chiropractors receive special advanced education and training to be able to locate and correct this interference (spinal misalignment) to restore proper brain-body communication.
Pretty impressive, right? And, plenty of former asthma sufferers will tell you that chiropractic works! Because, you see, once the interference is removed, the body heals itself and many of the symptoms of asthma are either reduced or even eliminated! Then, you aren’t forced to choose between two potentially risky options!
True Healing Rather Than Simple Symptom Relief
That’s another thing about chiropractors – they aren’t interested in only treating symptoms. They want to find causes of conditions so they can help to eliminate symptoms. They want them gone, not simply masked and covered up by medications that have some pretty scary side effects.
Research into the benefits of chiropractic care for treating asthma has shown favorable results. One such study, conducted among 16 asthma treatment facilities and involving 420 patients in Australia, concluded that patients who received chiropractic adjustments displayed a significant improvement in asthma symptoms, along with an increase in immune system function that researchers expected would be influential in preventing future asthma attacks. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) cites numerous studies in the following conclusion that validates the benefits of chiropractic for children with asthma:
“76.5% of patients with bronchial asthma said they benefited from chiropractic treatment. Peak flow rate and vital capacity increased after the third treatment. Significantly lower quality of life impairment rating scores were reported for 90.1% of children after 60 days of chiropractic care. During this same time period the average number of asthma attacks decreased an average of 44.9%, and asthma medication usage was decreased an average of 66.5%. Among parents of asthmatic children who had received chiropractic treatment, 92% considered this treatment beneficial.”
Impressive results to be sure, and these same types of results are repeated in our sponsors’ practices every day. Although no one can guarantee specific results, our sponsors will show you testimonials from patients that indicate marked improvement in asthma symptoms after receiving chiropractic adjustments.
Please, give yourself the gift of knowledge and call one of our sponsors to talk about your asthma, or that of a loved one. Then agree to visit the sponsor’s practice for an examination and consultation. You’ll be relieved to have finally found a compassionate health care professional who wants to help you to help your body find release from the cause of your asthma, once and for all.
Asthma Medications: The Side Effects Are Risky and Potentially Dangerous!
Traditional healthcare advocates the administration of several different types of asthma medication for long-term use and rescue use for an asthma attack. We’ve listed some of the more frequently prescribed asthma medications and the potential side effects of each:
|Asthma Medication||Health Risks|
|GlaxoSmithKline (ADVAIR, Serevent, fluticasone and salmeterol [generics]) Inhaled corticosteroids or ICS for short, have become the mainstay of asthma treatment for persistent asthma in children and adults. These medications work in various ways on the immune system to prevent inflammation of the airways and airway spasms (broncospasms/asthma attacks) in people with asthma.||Side effects include upper respiratory tract infections, headaches, sore throat, bronchitis, coughing, nausea/vomiting, sinus infections, hoarseness or voice changes, muscle pain or bone pain, fever, runny nose, sneezing, conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), tooth pain, constipation, joint pain or arthritis, shakiness (tremors), sleeping problems, increased sweating, underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), vaginal yeast infection, irregular menstrual cycle or menstrual problems, thrush, abdominal pain (or stomach pain), diarrhea, bloody nose, dizziness, muscle cramps or spasms, breathing problems that become worse, irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia), rapid heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), high blood sugar, agitation, aggression, anxiety, restlessness, depression, osteoporosis, eye problems, including glaucoma or cataracts, frequent or severe infection of any type, allergic reaction ( unexplained rash, hives, itching), unexplained swelling, wheezing, difficulty breathing or swallowing and increased risk of asthma-related death.|
|Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Schering-Plough (FORADIL AEROLIZER, formoterol [generic]) DEY Pharma (Perforomist, formoterol [generic]) Used as a maintenance treatment for asthma and to prevent bronchospasm (asthma attack) in adults and children 5 years of age and older. Also used in the treatment of exercise-induced asthma.||Side effects include viral infection, bronchitis, chest infection, dizziness, anxiety, headache, sleep problems (insomnia), back pain, muscle cramps, sore throat, dry mouth, cough, stuffy nose, skin rash, itching, voice changes, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, shaking, restless feeling, wheezing, choking, breathing problems, increased thirst or hunger, urinating more than usual, worsening in asthma symptoms.|
|DEY Pharma (AccuNeb), DAVA Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Vospire), Astra-Zeneca Pharmaceuticals (Arm-A-Med), Teva Pharmaceuticals (ProAir HFA), SHERING CORPORATION (Proventil, Proventil HFA), GLAXOSMITHKLINE (Ventolin and Ventolin HFA), albuterol [generic] Used for prevention and relief of bronchospasm (asthma attack) in individuals with asthma and exercise-induced asthma.||Side effects include cough, nausea/vomiting, nervousness, tremor, headache, sinus inflammation, trouble sleeping, unusual taste in mouth, palpitations, fast heart rate, elevated blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, heartburn, throat irritation, sore or dry throat, nosebleeds, severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, itching), difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, chest pain, ear pain, fast or irregular heartbeat, new or worse trouble breathing, pounding in the chest, severe headache or dizziness, unusual hoarseness, wheezing, increased risk of asthma-related death.|
|Prometheus Laboratories Inc (Entocort EC), AstraZeneca LP (Pulmicort, Rhinocort, Entocort EC), budesonide [generic] Corticosteroid used to decrease inflammation in the lungs as a treatment for the symptoms of asthma.||Side effects include coughing, hoarseness, dry mouth, loss of taste or unpleasant taste, stomach upset, allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue, breathing problems, changes in vision, white patches or sores in the mouth or throat, unusual swelling.|
|AstraZeneca LP (Symbicort, budesonide/formoterol fumarate dehydrate [generic]) Budesonide is a steroid that reduces inflammation in the body. Formoterol is a long-acting bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to improve breathing. The combination of the two is used to prevent bronchospasm in people with asthma.||Side effects include headache, back pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, back pain, muscle cramps, sore throat, stuffy nose, joint or muscle pain, changes in voice, chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats, tremors, nervousness, wheezing, choking, breathing problems, fever, flu symptoms, white patches or sores in your mouth or throat, worsening asthma symptoms.|