Holistic Treatments for Asthma Support
25 million Americans struggle with asthma. That’s 8% of adults and 7% of children. The rise asthma is attributed largely to the “hygiene hypothesis” which state that over-sanitizing a child’s environment can lead to decreased disease resistance and immune function. The result: increased incidence of asthma and allergies. Other potential culprits include poor nutrition as a result of the Standard American Diet, an increase in urban air pollution, airborne pollens, energy-proofing of indoor home/work/school spaces, and overuse of antibiotics.
Asthma can be treated in many ways, the most common of which is through the use of conventional medicines and therapies, both short term and/or long term.
Short term asthma treatments involve instant relief from asthma attacks through the administration of inhalers and orally administered drugs, or nebulizer therapy.
Long term asthma treatments involve parallel treatments where environmental components and surrounding analysis is done to minimize the factors that lead to asthma attacks. Pollen grains, allergens, and the like are minimized from the patient’s surroundings to reduce the chances of an asthma attack. Techniques include thorough cleaning of the patient’s home, little to no contact with pets with fur or feathers, weekly washing of bedding in hot water, and avoiding synthetic materials, upholstery, and carpet in the home when possible. The point is to reduce dust particles that could cause problems to the asthma patient. Parallel asthma treatment may also include the use of medicines like bronchodilators and corticosteroids are administered.
While keeping a clean home and minimizing dust and allergens can be helpful, this doesn’t address the imbalances in the body itself - and many of the traditional asthma medications used to manage symptoms come with negative side effects.
Potential negative side effects of asthma medications include:
Increased heart rate
Lower resistance to infection
Nervousness or tremors
Changes in mood
Increased growth of body hair
Fungal infections of the throat
This is where alternative medicines and holistic alternatives come in!