Asthma is often a type of allergic reaction, which attacks the respiratory system and is characterized by laboured breathing, coughing, wheezing and sometimes a feeling of suffocation. The allergens that can cause asthma generally include such things as dust, pollen, animal hairs, foods and various chemical substances found in both processed foods and air. However, asthmatic attacks may also be set off by emotional stress, as this lessens the body’s resistance and increases its sensitivity to allergens in the environment. During an asthma attack, a muscle spasm causes the bands of involuntary muscles, which surround the bronchioles (small air passages in the lungs), to constrict. Consequently, the flow of air to the alveoli (tiny air sacs within the lungs) is also restricted. This is often accompanied by the simultaneous swelling of the lining of the air passages, with excessive secretion of mucus into these passages. All these combine to cause even more difficulty. In an effort to expel mucus from the air passages, the body initiates asthmatic coughing, while the wheezing sound comes from air traveling over pockets of mucus in the passages causing them to resonate. Chronic wheezing, not accompanied by asthmatic attacks, could indicate a dietary problem involving excessive amounts of mucus-forming foods and is often accompanied by a mild nervous condition. There is also clinical evidence linking asthma to hypoglycemia.
For acute attacks take a cup of Elder flower or Elderberry tea. Follow this with a 1/4 tsp. of Lobelia Extract and/or Ma Huang tea or extract, as it is also beneficial in relaxing the bronchial muscles. In order to obtain long-term relief it is necessary to remove all mucus-forming foods from the diet. The following supplements are also extremely beneficial:
1. Vitamin A for healthy lungs.
2. B complex to strengthen the nervous system.
3. Vitamin C to combat stress factors.
4. Calcium to relax and rebuild the nerves.
5. Potassium to inhibit mucus production.
It is also helpful to use relaxant herbs to prevent constriction of the bronchial muscles, and expectorant herbs to help release and expel mucus. Ephedrine is often used in medical treatment as a bronchiodilator (opens up air passages), as is adrenalin. It is also beneficial to keep the living area, and especially the sleeping area, quite humid. A vaporizer or humidifier is good and will act as a mild bronchiodilator if you put a few drops of eucalyptus, or black spruce oil in it.
Single Herbs: Ma Huang (bronchiodilator); Cat’s Claw, Licorice root (expectorant and adrenal stimulant); Slippery Elm, Comfrey, Mullein (demulcents, expectorants, specifics for lungs); Elderberry Extract (potassium, anti-mucus); Lobelia Extract (relaxant, emetic and expectorant); Bee Pollen (see Allergies); Garlic (expectorant), Green tea.
Combinations: Reishi/Cordyceps, Reishi Extract.
Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin A, B complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese, Essential Fatty Acids, Quercetin.
Start the program with a 12 day D-Tox Diet or a 7-14 day Inner Cleanse Diet, while avoiding all mucus-forming foods. Diet should emphasize garlic, green vegetables and fresh fruits. Manganese-rich foods are also advisable, some of which are peas, beans, blueberries, nuts and buckwheat. Alternating hot and cold showers has been found quite successful. Take a 3-5 minute hot shower, switching immediately to a cold shower (as cold as possible) for 10-15 seconds. Repeat three times, always ending with a cold shower. Of course plenty of aerobic exercise in clean, non-smoggy air is beneficial.