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Asthma

What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic inflammation of the airways that causes them to become constricted and narrowed. Bronchial airways are the tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.

Symptoms:

  • shortness of breath
  • tightness in the chest
  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • What Causes Asthma?
    Although the exact cause of asthma is unknown, studies suggest a strong link between asthma and allergies. This indicates that exposure to environmental allergens can trigger asthma attacks.

    The most common allergens include: microscopic droppings of dust mites and cockroaches, airborne pollens and molds, plants and plant proteins, enzymes, and pet dander.

    Other factors such as stress, pollution, chronic viral infections, medications, exercise, pregnancy, and chemical sensitivities also play a role in the development of asthma symptoms.

    How Can Naturopathic Medicine Help Asthma?
    Asthma is a life-altering and disabling condition that decreases quality of life. Conventional Western medical treatments generally focus on treatment of asthma attacks without addressing the underlying cause of asthma.

    As opposed to treating the asthma attacks, Naturopathic medicine uses natural therapies to address the underlying cause of the asthma. In the specific case of asthma, which has an immune system component, Naturopathic therapies focus on determining which allergens might be triggering the asthmatic condition and simultaneously restoring the balance of the immune system.

    Specific Naturopathic therapies for the breathing difficulties of asthma can include:

  • Allergy testing Dietary supplementation with natural anti-inflammatories such as omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Dietary changes to avoid foods that may lead to an allergic reaction, increased risk of asthma attack, or increased immune response.
  • Homeopathic remedies which can reduce immune response to allergens.
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