Do you suffer from Asthma?
Asthma is a long-term respiratory condition caused by hypersensitivity (over-reacting to things) and inflammation (swelling and redness) of the airways.
Asthma is a complex condition involving immune system dysfunction and characterized by airway inflammation and hyper-reactivity.
Asthma is considered an allergic reaction but infections, psychological and emotional factors are frequently involved as well. The bronchial muscles go into spasm and there is increased mucous production by the mucous glands. This narrowing of the air passages, congested with mucus, makes breathing difficult. Air is easier to draw in than out and the air trapped in the lungs makes oxygenation more difficult. If the disease starts in early childhood, there is 20 – 30 per cent chance of spontaneous recovery.
Symptoms include a cough, wheezing, chest tightness and breathlessness, and can vary in severity from person to person.
Call triple zero (000) to seek immediate help if you or someone else has severe symptoms of asthma.
A trigger is anything that irritates the airways and brings on the symptoms of asthma. These differ from person to person, and people with asthma may have several triggers. Common triggers include house dust mites, animal fur, pollen, tobacco smoke, exercise, cold air and chest infections.(1)
Know the four steps of asthma first aid
It’s important for everyone in the community to know the four steps of asthma first aid.
To use asthma first aid:
- Sit the person upright.
- Give four puffs of blue or grey reliever puffer. (Check the date on the puffer)
- Make sure you shake the puffer, put one puff into a spacer and get the person to take four breaths from the spacer.
- If you don’t have a spacer simply give the person four puffs of their reliever directly by mouth.
- Repeat this until the person has taken four puffs.
- Remember: shake, one puff, four breaths.
- Wait four minutes.
- If there is no improvement, give four more separate puffs as in step 2. Remember: shake, one puff, four breaths.
- If there is still no improvement, call triple zero (000) for an ambulance.
- Tell the operator that someone is having an asthma emergency.
- Keep giving the person four separate puffs of reliever medication, taking four breaths for each puff, every four minutes until the ambulance arrives.
- If you are not sure if someone is having an asthma attack, you can still use asthma reliever medication because it is unlikely to cause harm.
Call triple zero (000) immediately if the person is not breathing, if their asthma suddenly becomes worse, or if the person is having an asthma attack and there’s no blue or grey reliever available.
We use various naturopathic principles to treat the cause and look for the disharmony in your body and mind to bring your body back to balance. Please see below a brief treatment (Rx) protocol and reference guide, with choices to help improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the headings and links within for more treatment information.
Extrinsic or atopic asthma is mediated by the immune system while intrinsic asthma is mediated by environmental factors.
Environmental factors may include allergens, pollutants, respiratory infections, cold air, exercise, emotional stress or excitability.
Family history is a predisposing factor.
Aims of Treatment
Regulate immune function.
Strengthen airways and reduce hypersensitivity.
Reduce excessive mucous production and bronchospasm.
Treat any underlying causative or sustaining factors such as airway inflammation, allergy, respiratory infections, gastric reflux and sinusitis.
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Tissue Salt Rx
To build resistance – Choose one or more of the following and have the child take them twice daily for at least two weeks.
Clear, tough expectoration.
Hay asthma, starts with itching and tingling in the nose with discharge.
Nutritional Medicine Rx
Use Food as Medicine! Nourish your body and mind with fresh seasonal, whole foods. Clean unprocessed & unadulterated foods like nature intended. Support a back to the basic natural approach to eating. Visit your local farmer markets and buy organic produce where possible. Go vegetable crazy! Love your greens.
Food Sensitivity Testing is an easy way to take the guess work out of what may be contributing to you feeling unwell, suffering digestive problems, inflammation, bloating, skin conditions, asthma etc. A whole food natural diet is excellent to follow but what some people don’t realise is one man's food can be another man’s poison. Give your digestive tract a break and feed your body with food that heals. A stressed and inflamed digestive tract (gut) suffering dysbiosis needs help to build up a good microbiome balance. It is not only important for your ability to absorb and utilise nutrients but your gut health and immune system are inextricably linked. Seventy to eighty percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system and ninety percent of serotonin is made in the digestive tract. Serotonin is a key player in mood, anxiety, fear, and the general sense of happiness and wellbeing.
The intestinal microbiota (gut flora) helps in proper development of the host immune system, which in turn regulates the homeostasis of the microbiota. Good nutrition promoting good gut health microbiome promotes a healthy immune system.
The gastrointestinal tract is also sensitive to emotion. A troubled intestine can send signals to the brain, just as a troubled brain can send signals to the gut. Therefore, a person's stomach or intestinal distress can be the cause or the product of anxiety, stress, or depression.
Don’t diet! Listen to your body. Eat mindfully in a relaxed environment and choose quality, not quantity. Enjoy fuelling your body and treating it well.
Flower Essence Rx
- Bach Flower Essences
- Australian Flower Essences
Lifestyle Medicine Rx
Exercise and Fitness Management:Select an exercise activity or sport you enjoy. Choose something that works for you and aim for the 80/20 % approach and always listen to your body.
- Walking is a wonderful activity for all ages, shapes and sizes.
- Build up slowly but aim for 10,000 steps a day.
- I recommend investing in a motivational health monitor like ‘Fitbit’ and or an app like ‘MyFitnessPal’ to motivate you to have a go and strive to improve your fitness and maintain a healthy weight.
Hydration:Aim for 2 – 4 litres of clean, filtered water a day. One of the easiest ways to improve your health is to stay hydrated as your body is made up of 60% water and it needed by every cell of the body. Sugar, Salt and Coffee is dehydrating for the body. Often if you feel thirsty this is an early sign of dehydration. Make it a habit and drink throughout the day. Benefits include:
- Natural Detox – a naturally hydrated body purges the cells, eliminating stored toxins and bodily wastes.
- Digestion and Elimination – eliminates constipation, boating and helps improve general digestive disorders.
- Speeds Metabolism and helps with weight loss.
- Combats Fatigue – water is an important source of energy for your body.
- Reduces High Blood Pressure and Lowers Cholesterol.
- Speeds up Joint and Cartilage repair.
- Skin Health – improves Acne, Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis and Premature Skin Ageing.
- Slows the Ageing Process.
- Aim for 7 – 8 hours quality sleep.
- Turn off all electronic devices and avoid technology and hour before bed as this allows your brain to switch off and make it easier to fall asleep.
- Keep your bedroom just for sleeping & loving. Fresh Air – open a window. Light can make or break a good sleep cycle. Darken your room as much as possible.
- Don’t eat late in the night. Avoid caffeine and stimulants.
- Set your alarm to get to bed and wake at the same time every day.
- Night Cap: – Drink a warm lemon drink, herbal green tea or Golden Milk (Almond & Coconut Milk with beneficial spices) – “Turmeric Latte”, before bed.
- Create a nice environment with indoor plants, aromatherapy diffuser, soft relaxing music and anything that helps you promote a routine to wind yourself down to get much-needed sleep.