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Asthma has natural treatment with herbs, vitamins, and supplements.

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that affects 15 million people in the United States. An estimated 5 million children have this airway disease, which makes it the most common chronic disease of childhood. You will find more information about the causes and symptoms and commonly used medications later, but for now I want to discuss some natural remedies the medical profession has yet to address.

Natural treatment for asthma research studies
There is little doubt that diet and lifestyle, along with herbal and nutritional methods can have an influence on asthma symptoms and severity. However, research is still too early to make any firm recommendations. In the meantime, I want to share with you some of the preliminary research I have come across. This information is not meant to replace your doctor's advice, however, you could inform your doctor about these natural asthma treatment options and he or she could learn more about them to see if they would be helpful to you.

Diet and food
Children who eat three or more burgers a week are at a higher risk of asthma and wheezing, but a healthy diet rich in fruit and fish seems to stave off the risk. A meat-heavy diet itself has no bearing on the prevalence of asthma. Yet, frequent burger eating could be a signal for other lifestyle factors which raise the risk. Could it be the white bread, fries, and sodas associated with eating burgers?

Eat more cold water fish with high content of fish oils. Eating oily fish like salmon, halibut, sardines (packed in mustard or tomato sauce, not oil), or tuna regularly may reduce the risk of asthma symptoms. Children who eat lots of amounts of whole grain products and fish seem to have a reduced risk of developing asthma. The rise in the prevalence of asthma in western societies may be related to changed dietary habits. Studies of children have shown that asthma is less likely with increasing intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and fish. Teens who don't eat enough fruit and vegetables and omega-3 fatty acids are more likely to suffer from bronchitis, wheezing and asthma.
Mothers who have a higher intake of fish and fish oils in pregnancy are likely to have children with a lower incidence of asthma symptoms. Infants who begin fish consumption after the age of 6 months may fare better.

Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Have a wide variety of produce, preferably organic. People who eat plenty of tomatoes, carrots, leafy greens and other vegetables appear less likely to have asthma. Though it's uncertain whether the foods are the reason, the findings suggest that some or many vegetables may protect against adulthood asthma. A number of studies have suggested that antioxidants or certain other nutrients in plant foods may help prevent or ameliorate asthma and other allergic conditions. Carrots, tomato juice, spinach and other vegetables contain nutrients called carotenoids and flavonoids.
A key ingredient in the aroma from citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons appears to protect rats from the symptoms of asthma. The citrus ingredient is called limonene, and it likely protects by "burning" inhaled ozone, which can increase inflammation in the lungs. Other scents - such as those emitted from pine trees, geraniums and roses - contain similar ingredients to limonene, which may help explain why asthma is much more common in urban areas that lack vegetation. Squeezing an orange peel releases liquid that contains a high concentration of limonene.

Reduce hydrogenated and trans fats which are often found in pastries, cookies, cakes, etc.
Reduce omega-6 oils such as corn, safflower, and sunflower. Substitute a little bit of flax or olive oil.
Have hot soup and tea -- warm liquids lessen severity
Obese adults with asthma are at risk for having more severe, persistent disease relative to their leaner counterparts, therefore weight loss could help.
While exercise can trigger symptoms in some people, there is also evidence that physically active asthmatics tend to have better overall control than their sedentary counterparts. European Respiratory Journal, online June 7, 2010.

Supplements that may be helpful:
Vitamin C or ascorbic acid, make sure you have at least 100 mg to 500 mg a day.
Vitamin D is suggested at a dose of 400 to 2000 iu a day depending on your sun exposure.
Flavonoids may be helpful, including Genistein and Quercetin. These are available as supplements. Flavonoids are found in vegetables, fruits, and herbs. They have anti-inflammatory activity. See study on genistein below.
Boswellia is an Ayurvedic herb that has been found to be helpful for asthma. It can also be combined with curcumin and licorice.
Butterbur extract could be helpful in many people.
Curcumin and turmeric are of benefit.
Forskolin has been evaluated in some clinical trials.
Ginkgo biloba herb may help.
Sylimarin may protect against histamine-induced bronchoconstriction. Sylimarin is found in milk thistle.
Magnesium mineral may help some individuals.
Alpha Lipoic Acid has been found to be helpful in one mouse study.
Pycnogenol is a good option to try, it has natural anti-inflammatory properties, Yoga is helpful.

Again, the research in this area is still scant, and I will update this page as more information becomes available. If you plan to take supplements for asthma, discuss with your doctor, and learn as much about each one before you take them.

Antioxidants may help you breathe easier
Antioxidant supplements could ease asthma symptoms
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 2003.
Indian scientists who conducted an extensive chemical analysis of blood samples say that beefing up levels of antioxidants may help thwart symptoms of the lung disease. Previous research has shown that a disturbance in the balance between the body's oxidant production--the formation of molecules such as free radicals that can damage tissue but are a normal byproduct of body processes--and natural antioxidant defenses is involved in asthmatics' inflammation response. Antioxidants are a class of chemicals that neutralize oxidants, and include vitamins C and E and certain substances found in fruits and vegetables. In the present study, researchers measured the levels of antioxidants and oxidants in the blood of 38 men and women with asthma and compared them to levels in blood samples from 23 healthy people. Dr. Ahmad Nadeem of the University of Delhi and colleagues write that asthmatic patients showed "alterations in a wide array of oxidants and antioxidants, with balance shifting toward increased oxidative stress in asthma." The findings suggest, the authors conclude, that boosting the antioxidant defenses of asthma patients could be "beneficial." (read more)

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Romans 14: 2 (For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs).

Genesis 1: 29 (And one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered thereof wild gourds his lap full, and came and shred them into the pot of pottage: for they knew them not).

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Ezekiel 47: 12 (And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine).