Back in 2006, researchers from Cornell and Stanford Universities stated that three common asthma inhalers, containing the drugs salmeterol and formoterol, should be taken off the market because they were responsible for causing four out of five asthma-related deaths each year. The drugs cited were Serevent, Advair, and Foradil.
Many medications for asthma have unwanted side effects. Asthma inhalers for instance include jitteriness, nervousness and upset stomach. Inhaled corticosteroids are also linked to sleep apnea in some asthma patients, according to a study at the University Of Wisconsin School of Medicine. In sleep apnea, breathing periodically stops during sleep, for a few seconds or even minutes at a time which is not a great thing in asthma patients.
We see numerous asthma patients and parents who are concerned about the long term health issues related to these side effects and looking how to improve lung function and reduce their medications and thus side effects.
Although there are many supplements we utilize in our practice which are highly beneficial for preventing and treating asthma, two in particular come to mind. The first is Ivy leaf Extract (Bronchial Soothe liq. or Ivy Extract tabs). Ivy reduces bronchial spasms, relaxes and opens the airways for better inhalation/oxygenation, reduces cough frequency and is appropriate for both wet and dry asthma. In one double-blind study, 25 children ages 10 to 15 years with asthma demonstrated improvements in lung capacity after 10 days of treatment with ivy extract.
Asthma exacerbations have also been related to magnesium deficiency. One study review identified 40 asthma patients between the ages of 2 months and 15 years that were admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit in Florida. Before the use of magnesium, 15 of the 40 patients with severe asthma needed intubation. After magnesium was used, no patients required additional ventilation.
Best of all both of these supplements can be taken in conjunction with medications. Of course seeking guidance from your Naturopath is best for appropriate dosing levels.
We have also found at the Tree of Life Wellness Center, asthma has a strong emotional and physical component with many triggers. These include stress (physical and emotional), sleep, food allergies, environmental allergies etc., identifying them is a huge aspect of treating Asthma successfully. If you want to know more about how to safely treat asthma naturally call our office and make an appointment 508-336-4242 (in-office and telephone appointments available). You can breathe easier again!
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