Asthma: Causes, Symptoms and Prevention

Did you know Asthma is a chronic illness just like diabetes and cancer. Roughly 334 million people worldwide are suffering from asthma. Many persons have family members or friends who are suffering severely from Asthma, some individuals may have died as a result of a serious Asthma Attack.
Are you experiencing frequent wheezing and tightening of the chest? Then you may need to see a physician and to check if you are Asthmatic.

What is Asthma?


Asthma is a disease of the bronchial tubes in the lungs (the “airways”). People with asthma typically experience “wheezing”, a high-pitched whistling sound heard during breathing, especially when breathing out. However, wheezing does not always occur, and asthma can also involve breathlessness, chest tightness or coughing. The underlying process includes chronic inflammation of the airways, which causes tightening of the muscles wrapped around the bronchial tubes and extra mucus to be present in the airways. An obstruction of the flow of air in and out of the airways occurs  as the airways to overreact to stimuli and the air gets trapped within the Alveoli.

Asthma most commonly develops in early childhood, and some of the children who develop asthma symptoms before age 7 no longer have symptoms by age 16. However, asthma can develop at any stage in life, including adulthood.

What Happens During an Asthma Attack?


An asthma attack is exactly that – the muscles around the airways and the lining of the air passages tighten. Swelling reduces the amount of air that can pass through the airways and leads to a high-pitched, wheezing sound.

Asthma attacks can become life-threatening if the airflow in the lungs becomes severely blocked.

Therefore,it is necessary to avoid triggers (stimuli or allergens) that may get into the airways. An alternative method is to use herbal remedies that can remove the mucus that continues to build up in the airways.


What are the triggers of an Asthma Attack ?

Breathing in allergy-causing substances (called allergens or triggers) can start asthma symptoms specifically because they irritates the bronchial tubes and causes inflammation . Family history and the environment seem to play a role for most, but not all, people.


Triggers include pet dander, dust mites, cockroach allergens, molds, or pollen. Respiratory infections, exercise, cold air, stress, food sulfates, tobacco smoke, and other air pollutants can also trigger asthma symptoms.

What do we know about the Symptoms of Asthma?

Asthma symptoms may persist regularly or come and go with the season or asthma triggers. In the fall or spring asthma symptoms may worsen, especially in patients with mold or pollen allergies.

Asthma prevention is the mainstay of therapy – when I was a child was diagnosed with childhood bronchial Asthma .I grew up using inhaled corticosteroids like fluticasone ( Flovent Diskus) and also a long-acting beta2-agonist like salmeterol (Advair) to control my asthmatic condition. However these are not necessary since Asthma can be completely cured using various herbal remedies.

While growing up I always heard about many individuals who were cured of Asthma using herbal remedies and wonder why my mom would always buy  inhalers. I experienced asthmatic attacks at night  while sleeping. I would usually be hospitalized and admitted for several days while undergoing nebulisation, this only increased my heartbeat and then all my symptoms would return in a few days. This brings me back to the herbal remedy, immediately when I heard about it I just knew I wanted to be cured and that my life would have been so relaxing once I finally got rid of the ailment that has plagued my lungs ever since I was born.

How  is Asthma diagnosed?

Visiting a herbal physician or a Naturopath is necessary if you are experiencing asthma symptoms. Asthma is diagnosed based on your medical and family history of asthma and allergies, physical exam and or Asthma test. The herbal physician or regular doctor will use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs and look for signs of asthma such as wheezing, swollen nasal passages, and runny nose.

Asthma tests may include a lung function test called spirometry that measures how much and how fast you can blow air in and out. Your doctor might recommend allergy testing, too.

Can Asthma be cured?

Herbal Remedies  that cures Asthma targets the underlying cause of the Asthmatic condition, the excess mucus that cause the bronchiole to be inflamed. With traditional herbal remedies the excess mucus  that is rooted to the bronchial tube is purged and expelled from the body using herbs. Once the tough mucus is removed patient can go on to live active, normal and fulfilling lives, without ever having to depend on a  inhaler again.
I tried the herbal cure and was relieved of my childhood bronchial asthma. Patients will now be able to sleep at nights without Asthmatic symptoms.

Read our blog on Traditional Natural Remedies used to cure Asthma to get the full insight of what are the benefits of using natural remedies over drugs.

Why Asthma Treatments are not effective?

Asthma treatments is aimed at controlling airway inflammation and avoiding known allergy triggers, like pet dander and pollen. The main goals are to restore normal breathing, prevent asthma attacks and restore daily activities.

Daily asthma treatment using inhaler, pills or injection helps to prevent symptoms.  Asthma is treated and controlled primarily with three major types of artificial medications: inhaled corticosteroids (examples: Flovent, Pulmicort) are used to only control lung swelling over the long-term, and quick-relief beta2-agonists like albuterol (examples:ventolin) are used as “rescue” inhalers when symptoms occur.Other treatments include leukotriene modifiers, such as montelukast (Singulair) block chemicals that cause inflammation and airway narrowing in asthma. However none of the Asthma treatment actually targets the underlying problem of the excess mucus in the bronchioles or actually get rid of the Asthmatic condition permanently.

What are Common Side Effects with artificial Asthma Medications?
Inhaled corticosteroids can cause thrush, a fungal infection of the mouth, white patches in your mouth, usually indicates a thrush.

Inhaled quick-acting medicines like albuterol can also cause shakiness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping or a fast heartbeat.

How is Exercise-Induced Asthma Different From Regular Asthma?
Exercise-induced asthma (EIA) is a swelling of the airways during exercise. EIA can occur in people with or without asthma. EIA may happen during or after physical activity, especially in cold weather, with asthma triggers, and during an illness.

Symptoms like coughing, wheezing, fatigue, chest tightness, or headache may occur. To cure EIA is similar to curing regular asthma, once excess mucus is removed from the bronchial tubes using herbal remedies, inflammation will desist.

What is a Peak Flow Meter? Should I Use One If I have Asthma?
A peak flow meter is a small handheld device you can keep at home that measures how well your lungs are working. It measures how much and how fast you exhale after taking a deep breath in and blowing out hard. The numbers tell you and your healthcare provider if asthma preset .

Your peak flow number can help you predict times when your asthma may worsen; the numbers may decrease a few hours or days before an asthma attack. Your doctor can show you how to use a peak flow meter or you can read about it here.

Are Asthma Medicines Expensive?
Asthma treatments are expensive, even the cheapest inhaler will seem costly if one plans to live on asthma medication for the rest of their live.

Goals of Managing Asthma
Your goal in managing asthma is to:

-Get an accurate asthma diagnosis.
-Work with your doctor to develop an asthma action plan.
-Monitor your peak flow rate daily and take appropriate measures when it drops.
-Keep an asthma diary so you can track all your symptoms .
-Avoid asthma triggers or causes of asthma, including outdoor irritants such as smog.
-Seek medical advice and treatment for coexisting problems that can worsen asthma symptoms, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), allergic rhinitis, and sinusitis.
-Exercise daily to maximize your aerobic fitness.
-Prevent exercise-induced asthma by not overdoing an exercise.
-Eat nutritious foods to maximize your immune defenses against viral and bacterial infections.
-Maintain a normal weight.
-Get plenty of restful sleep.
-Call your healthcare provider at the first sign of asthma symptoms.
-Check in with your healthcare provider regularly for breathing tests to make sure your asthma is managed

-Ultimately visit a herbal physician to get cured of Asthma permanently
You hold the key to living well with asthma. Trust your health care provider to give you guidance, and then take daily responsibility for your breathing with proven self-care measures.

Asthma Facts
Have you suffered with asthma for a while? Maybe you’re recently diagnosed, or a caregiver to someone with asthma. Learn more about this increasingly common breathing problem, including asthma causes, risk factors, and prevention using herbal remedies. We want you to cure your asthma symptoms and go on to live a active life.

Status Asthmaticus: Severe Asthma Attack
A severe asthma attack (called status asthmaticus) can be life-threatening. Make sure you have an emergency plan established, so you can get immediate treatment for severe asthma attacks.

Allergies and Asthma

An allergy can make you sneeze, cough, itch, and wheeze. Most people with asthma also have allergies.

Sinusitis and Asthma
Do you suffer with sinusitis or postnasal drip? Many times, these problems trigger asthma symptoms, such as coughing and wheezing.

Food Allergies and Asthma
Discover which foods are most likely to cause a serious breathing problem, and take preventive steps to avoid these asthma triggers.

Heartburn and Asthma
About 75% of patients with asthma also have frequent heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Smoking and Asthma
Smoking is a powerful trigger of asthma symptoms. Even secondhand smoke is associated with asthma.
If you have asthma, even the slightest respiratory tract infection can trigger an asthma attack.

Aspirin and Other Medications That May Trigger Asthma
Do you know which medications may trigger a life-threatening asthma attack? Aspirin and other medications can cause wheezing and increased mucus in sensitive people.

Are You at Risk?
Asthma Risk Factors
Does asthma run in your family?  Do you have other illnesses  such as head cold that are associated with Asthma and can trigger attacks.

Asthma Prevention
Asthma Prevention When You Have Allergies
If you have allergies, avoid allergens to reduce the chance of coughing and wheezing.

Asthma Prevention using herbal remedies

There are various herbs that will relieve asthma symptoms which can be used in remedies and eaten daily as a part of one’s diet.

Published by Kimberly Bowen

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