Natural Asthma Treatment Perth
Natural Therapies For Asthma
Does your child use ventolin or steroid sprays for their asthma treatment?
Are you looking for a natural way to help manage Asthma such as an asthma diet?
The Cura clinic helps patients who have been diagnosed by their medical practitioners with asthma and help manage their symptoms naturally. Typically symptoms are improved within weeks with a combination of investigative tests and natural medicines.
The Cura clinic has been treating an increasing number of asthma sufferers in Perth, WA. The number of cases has definitely been increasing in Perth over the past 10 years. Most children or adults who come to the clinic for asthma treatment are already on pharmaceutical medication such as ventolin, seratide, flixitide and other steroids/immunosuppressants and have been experiencing side-effects from the pharmaceuticals and are looking at ways to manage it with natural therapy.
The medical definition of asthma is described as a disease of diffuse airway inflammation caused by a variety of triggering stimuli resulting in partially or completely reversible bronchoconstriction. Symptoms and signs include dyspnea (difficulty breathing), chest tightness, cough, and wheezing. Key diagnosis is based on history, physical examination, and breathing function tests and key symptoms include wheeze, cough, shortness of breath, chest tightness and sputum production.
The naturopathic treatment of this condition addresses these signs and symptoms and down regulates the hypersensitivity of the airways.
Common Asthma Triggers
The following list are the most common triggers for asthma, although there are patients who react to less common ones.
- Changes in weather or room temperature
- Cold air
- Dust, chemicals, fumes, aerosols
- Industrial material such as paints, gases or dust
- Inhaled allergens (animal fur, dust mites, fungal spores or pollen)
- Viral infection
- Hormonal fluctuations
- Food additives, flavouring and colouring
Foods and An Asthma Diet
Diet is being shown to have a greater impact on the treatment of asthma than once thought with clinical studies showing significant improvements in those who changed their diets over those who did not.
Evidence clearly implicates common household allergens and other environmental allergens in disease development in older children and adults but nutritional deficiencies have also been linked to asthma.
The food we eat impacts the function of our lungs and more importantly our immune system. Many triggers such as dairy, soy, eggs, nuts and tropical fruits make asthma worse. Once these foods are identified as being triggers, the symptoms improve over weeks without eating them.
Diets low in vitamins C, vitamin E and in omega–3 fatty acids have been linked to asthma. Digestive health and including probiotics and fermented foods in our diets have also been shown to reduce the severity of asthma symptoms.
Studies indicate that children who had diets that contained a high intake of fruits and vegetables were less likely to develop asthma than those whose diets were less healthy.
Asthma and Being Overweight
People who are overweight or obese have a higher incidence of asthma. It has been shown in many studies food variety for cancer that there is a direct link between severe asthma and obesity. One of the biggest problems here is that often, someone suffering from asthma may have a harder time losing weight as it can be harder to get proper amounts of exercise.
If you are suffering from Asthma and have put on weight, small amounts of yoga, pilates, gentle walking, swimming or bike riding are recommended. The key is to bring in small amounts and build them up over time.
Everyone can benefit from a healthy diet and those with asthma are no exception. A healthy diet can help you lose weight and get in better shape physically. Eating healthier may not completely eliminate asthma attacks but will help make them less frequent and less severe.
Other factors affecting Asthma
Asthma has also been linked to perinatal factors, such as young maternal age, poor maternal nutrition, pre-maturity, low birth weight, and lack of breastfeeding.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a common exacerbating factor among some patients with asthma. Also allergic rhinitis (hay fever) often coexists with asthma; it is unclear whether the two are different manifestations of the same allergic process or whether rhinitis is a discrete asthma trigger.
Yoga and Buteyko breathing
Yoga exercises including the poses, breathing, and relaxation techniques put you in control of your mind and emotions, making you more relaxed and allowing you to breathe easier. This allows the patient to breath deeper and with more control.
The Buteyko (bew-tay-ko) Breathing Technique has been shown in studies to provide significant benefits to asthma sufferers who choose to pursue it and to reduce the overall use of ventolin to control asthma symptoms. Many of these studies showed patients who used the Buteyko method experienced a reduction in the symptoms of their asthma and many of the patients also were able to reduce their use of inhalers by two uses a day after using the method for six months. One key to the technique is the controlled breathing causes the patient to relax. Reduction in stress and increases in calm, controlled breathing reduces the re activeness of the lungs.
Commonly Prescribed Natural Medicine for Asthma
The following nutritional supplements and herbal remedies are often prescribed in asthma. Only some of these recommended for each patient and there is never a generic prescription as the patient is always an individual.
- Personal herbal medicine blend
- Herbal medicine loose teas
- Digestive herbs
- Digestive enzymes
- Therapeutic probiotics
- Dietary changes
Related Pathology Tests
Secretory immunoglobulin A (sIgA) is found in saliva, gastric fluids, plasma and the mucous membranes of the body and provides immune defense at the mucosal level. The sIgA is thought to be representative of the functional status of the entire mucosal immune system and can often be reduced in times of prolonged anxiety and stress.
Anxiety and stress have a major impact on the production of sIgA and when high levels of stress are maintained, sIgA can be shown to be reduced and ultimately resulting in alterations in immune response. It is thought that sIgA may provide a link between gut-related health conditions and systemic illness.
Take a look at a sample sIgA report and hormone profile – sIgA and adrenal-stress-functional-test-example
There are also other recommended tests available such as the
- hair mineral analysis – Hair Mineral Test Sample,
- Complete digestive stool analysis – Parasite and Bacteria Stool Test,
- IgG food sensitivity test – Example Allergy Test,
- Intestinal Permeability – Leaky gut and many more.
Contact the Cura clinic to talk with a naturopath or to make a booking.