Asthma is one of the largest causes of illness in Australia and affects both children and adults. There is no medical cure for asthma – if the disease does not resolve itself then medicines need to be taken to control the symptoms. So what if there was a solution that could help your own body to rid itself of asthma?

Naturopaths have assisted lots of patients to manage their asthma symptoms and reduce the need for steroids and other medications, or even to stop them all together. There are lots of foods, herbs and nutrients that can help to reduce use of puffers and improve quality of life for patients with asthma.

When you see a naturopath they will prescribe you herbal medicines and nutritional supplements to help negate the allergic reaction which causes the airways to narrow. They will also help to improve the health of lungs so that you can breathe easier.

Asthma occurs due to an over reaction by the immune system, usually triggered by something, most commonly being a cold, exercise, change in temperature or weather conditions or dust. These factors lead to inflammation in the airways which causes a narrowing of the airways, leading to difficulty breathing and wheezing. Asthma can debilitating for some with the difficulty breathing leading to shortness of breath, chest pain and fatigue.

Naturopathic treatment of asthma involves using both herbal medicines and nutritional supplements that help to modulate the immune system and reduce the inflammatory response associated with asthmatic attacks. This type of treatment is very effective, and patients usually will report some reduction in symptoms within two weeks. Patients who have had treatment report that they can breathe easier, have more energy and that their sleep is also improved.

Dietary changes can also help. Reducing dairy and sugars can help to reduce asthmatic symptoms, especially where there is chest tightness and congestion. Ensuring that you eat foods which are high in vitamin C and bio-flavonoids such as berries, kiwifruit, pineapple, capsicum, onions, goji berries, chilli, papaya and citrus fruit and peel.

Naturopathic treatment of asthma is safe in children and babies, who responds very well to treatment within a short period of time. Unlike conventional asthma treatments a naturopath's treatment rarely has any side effects and can be used over a long period of time without adverse effects.

The long term effects of corticosteroids have been well documented. The use of inhaled preventers and relievers over a long period of time can lead to absorption through the airways and lead to local symptoms such as oral thrush, dryness of the airways and a hoarse voice. Naturopathy can help to reduce the use of inhalant medications and therefore reduce the risk of associated symptoms, leading to a better quality of life.

So what are you waiting for? Feel good again and see a naturopath today to help relieve your asthma symptoms, strengthen your natural immunity and get back to living life to the fullest!