While modern medicine can diagnose asthma very accurately, it offers few effective treatments for those affected. A series of tests (blood test, sputum test, chest x-ray, blood gas measurement, etc.) allows us to know what type of asthma we are dealing with and its degree of severity. However, treatment with corticosteroids and antihistamines only addresses the symptoms and does not resolve the cause of the problem. The pathology persists.
Asthma: what are the symptoms and causes?
Asthma is a chronic lung condition that is linked to inflammation of the airways causing them to be reactive to certain substances. People with asthma are more sensitive to irritants such as pollen, pollution, animal hair, tobacco, stress or chemicals.
The most common symptom of asthma is an acute attack of shortness of breath. But asthma can also result in: a feeling of tightness in the rib cage, difficulty breathing deeply, wheezing, shortness of breath upon exertion or a cough that does not go away.
Asthma can be allergic, genetic or psychological.
It is important to know whether in the past the person has suffered from eczema which would have been treated with cortisone. Eczema is the expression of an inner fire. If we absolutely try not to express it, the body will look for another way out. And often eczema treated by allopathy then transforms into asthma.
Asthma: how to relieve it with naturopathy?
Food side :
- Eat more green, fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.
- Eliminate all acid-forming foods such as red meats, cold meats, coffee, alcohol, dairy products, white sugar and fast sugars, refined cereals, white bread, industrial products in general, fruits and acidic vegetables. Gluten should also be banned.
- Promote an anti-inflammatory diet rich in long-chain omega 3. In the absence of a fish allergy, eating it every other day is enough. Otherwise, use DHA-phospholipid, from chicken eggs (obviously in the absence of an egg allergy) or complete perilla oil.
- Correct deficiencies in essential nutrients such as vitamin A, C and D, magnesium, zinc and flavonoids including quercetin which in addition to its anti-oxidant and antiviral properties has one of the most powerful natural anti-allergic properties.
This dietary rebalancing can hardly be done alone. Seek help from a nutritherapist or naturopath.
Address the cause : chronic inflammation that affects the respiratory tract often affects the rest of the body and primarily the intestinal mucosa where more than half of our immune system is located. To restore the intestinal mucosa, it will be necessary to clean it with chlorophyll, rebuild with glutamine then reinforce probiotics and prebiotics.
The living environment is essential: Moving to the countryside is one of the keys to seeing your asthma reduce or disappear, as well as learning to manage your stress and express your emotions. Practicing sport, under certain conditions, reduces stress levels, strengthens the thoracic muscles and improves cardiac respiratory functions. It should therefore in no case be completely stopped.
More specific support :
- Boswellia is a powerful anti-inflammatory. It would inhibit the synthesis of leukotrienes, chemical mediators of inflammation. His plus? It has a universal action within the body: it restores the integrity and function of the intestinal mucosa, and does the same at the respiratory level.
- The Buteyko breathing technique, created in the 1950s in the USSR, involves breathing at a slower pace. It helps eliminate hyperventilation and restore normal breathing rhythm, reduces asthma attacks in a natural way.
- Manganese and sulfur can be good means of prevention, in the form of cures: 10 days per month, every two months
- Manganese: 1 ampoule every other day on an empty stomach
- Sulfur: 1 ampoule every other day on an empty stomach
- Some essential oils have beneficial effects against asthma such as bergamot ( Citrus bergamia ), khella ( ammi visnaga ) clove ( Eugenia caryophyllata ), fennel eucalyptus ( foeniculum vulgare ), thyme ( thymus vulgaris à carvacrol ).
- In homeopathy, ipecac, blatta orientalis, cuprum metallicum, arsenicum album, crataegus are interesting.
- Shiatsu and acupressure may also be beneficial in improving quality of life if you have asthma.
Take a deep breath. Take care of yourself.