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.
Diet is very important: Quercetin, a bioflavonoid with strong antioxidant, anti-histamine, and anti-inflammatory properties. Good dietary sources of quercetin include apples, yellow and red onions, red grapes, cherries, citrus fruits, and tea. Green foods such as kale, broccoli, spinach, dark lettuce, dandelion greens and asparagus are natural detoxifiers. Eliminate dairy, wheat and soy as they typically increase mucus production and allergy reactions.
There are many supplements we utilize in our practice which are highly beneficial for preventing and treating asthma. They are not intended as a replacement for current medication, rather improve lung function potentially decreasing the need for medication over time.
- 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.
- Magnesium: Asthma exacerbation has 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. Adults start with a minimum dose 150 mg 1 or 2 x day and slowly increase the dosage. Decrease the dose if the stools become too soft. For children’s dose seek advice from your Naturopath.
- Calm Breath (Herb Pharm) Herbal liquid combination : is a non-stimulating bronchial dilator and reduces inflammation/ swollen bronchial membranes. Use as directed on label.
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 with less medication side effects!
Jane Jansen Naturopath Tree of Life Wellness Center Inc.
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