More young people under the age of 17 suffer from asthma than from any other medical condition. In adults, asthma is in the top ten leading causes of disease and hospitalization. Each year more than 5,000 Americans die from asthmarelated suffocation. Symptoms include difficulty breathing, feelings of suffocation, tightness in the chest, wheezing, and increased mucus in the lungs. Asthma attacks may also cause heart palpitations. Asthma may be either chronic or acute. Acute asthma causes severely restricted breathing and can appear suddenly, with little or no warning. These acute attacks often last only a few hours. Chronic asthma is often less severe than acute asthma, but it has constant symptoms.
What Causes Asthma?
There are two main reasons why the the bronchial passages may spasm and seize up. First, airborne allergens may enter the lungs (generally through the mouth, not the nose), and cause a systematic reaction. In concert with this, a poor immune system or hypersensitivity to certain allergens increases the chances that these allergens will affect the lungs. The specific causes listed below are all variations of these two ideas:
- Exertion: Heavy breathing through the mouth due to exertion can trigger the allergic reactions the cause asthma.
- Poor Nutrition: Without proper nutrition, the immune system cannot defend the body from allergens and other antigens that enter the body—especially through the mouth.
- Cold Air: Especially when breathed through the mouth, cold air can cause constriction of the bronchial passageways.
- Stress: Another enemy of immune system, stress causes hormone imbalances that make us more susceptible to allergens and antigens that enter our bodies.
- Food Allergies: Specific foods can trigger allergic reactions, especially in the mucus membranes of the body.
Asthma treatments take many forms, but they all tend to work in these basic areas:
- Strengthen the immune system: Since asthma is a type of allergy, a healthy immune system helps minimize its hold on the body. Try olive leaf extract, Spirulina, Echinacea, and nutrientrich foods.
- Support the adrenal glands: Depleted adrenal glands throw the entire system out of balance—from hormone imbalances to general immune system functions. Supporting the adrenals is a key step in restoring health. Add 150 mg of adrenal tissue with pantothenic acid twice daily.
- Take oxygenating supplements: Herbs and supplements that stimulate the amount of oxygen in the bloodstream help minimize asthma symptoms. Aloe vera gel (nonrind variety) is a great drink, as it contains more oxygen than any other plant. Add dimethylglycine (50 mg 3 times a day). B vitamins, vitamin A, betacarotene, and Ginkgo biloba all help with circulation and opening tiny blood vessels, allowing oxygen to be carried to all parts of the body. Many have gotten relief by drinking carbon activated water (CAW).
- Avoid irritating foods: Dairy and wheat products are two common food groups that exacerbate allergies, including asthma. The longstanding mainstream medical belief is that dairy products such as cow’s milk worsen asthma by increasing the body’s production of mucus, which then congests the nasal passages.
- Get relief with natural bronchodilators: Herbs, essential oils, and other substances can be used to open up the bronchial passageways, providing relief from asthma symptoms. Add a healthy dose of skullcap herb. Herbal teas containing theophyllinelike compounds are potent bronchodilators. Other natural bronchodilators include peppermint, spearmint, and pine essential oils. Chamomile essential oil may also help to relax bronchial spasms.
Many people have gotten positive results from a white powder from Africa called yamoa, which is taken in honey or in capsule form. It takes about ten days of use to take effect and thousands of sufferers have reported remarkable results with improved breathing and diminished symptoms. It is also beneficial for bronchitis and hay fever.
Other remedies can be added to a regimen already set by your doctor. The combination of vitamin C and B15 (pangamic acid) is purported to increase oxygen in the bloodstream. Play with the dosage. When you get relief with the B15, cut back slightly. Work at improving by using less of the supplements so that your body gets stronger on its own.
Many people report that concentrated breathing techniques can help with asthma. These techniques focus on deep, relaxed breaths and an increased awareness of your breathing. In other words, pay attention to your breathing and use the power of the mind to help relax and breathe easier.