Asthma: Causes and Natural Treatment Options

Asthma: Causes and Natural Treatment Options

Here is a brief overview of what you will learn in this article:

  • Common symptoms of asthma include trouble breathing, wheezing, coughing, and chest pain/tightness, all of which make routine physical activities and exercise difficult and overly fatiguing
  • In susceptible individuals, allergies can exacerbate the symptoms of asthma.
  • Asthma may be caused by several factors, including genetics (i.e. it’s inherited), allergies, exposure to environmental irritants or viruses, smoking, and early childhood respiratory infections.
  • Asthma attacks are usually triggered by air pollutants, cold air, strenuous exercise, airborne substances, and respiratory infections.
  • Conventional treatment of allergies involves indefinite use of steroid and/or beta-2-agonist inhalers. In extreme asthmatics, oxygen therapy (not to be confused with ozone therapy) may be necessary.
  • Natural asthma treatment options may include nutritional supplements that support the immune system, gut, and adrenal glands, as well as the use of allergy elimination technique.

 

Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects nearly 10% of the United States population. There is no known cure for asthma, but with proper diagnosis and treatment, the condition is very manageable and your quality of life will improve.

In many cases, people who have asthma also have seasonal allergies. The coexistence of allergies and asthma is known as allergic asthma. Therefore, allergy testing and verifying proper immune function are essential to treating asthma.

Read on to learn more about what the symptoms of asthma are, what causes this disease, how it’s conventionally treated, and how LifeWorks can provide natural asthma relief so you can breathe freely and enjoy the activities you love most.

What are the Symptoms of Asthma?

The bronchiole tubes (airways) are perpetually inflamed in those who have asthma.

In response to certain stimuli and offending chemical stressors in the environment, these airways swell up even more and the surrounding muscle tissue constricts them, resulting in shortness of breath, lightheadedness, wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness. In extreme cases, asthma can lead to hypoxia - a dangerous condition in which the body’s tissues lack oxygen.

In certain people, the symptoms of asthma are only apparent during exercise - a condition known as exercise-induced asthma. Most asthmatics find that physical activity also triggers their symptoms, which may cause them to avoid exercise altogether.

Staying active is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, so asthma shouldn’t stop you from doing that.

What Causes Asthma?

There is no single, definitive cause of asthma, but it’s more likely to develop in people with a family history of either asthma or allergies.

Other suspected causes of asthma include chronic exposure to dust, gases, fumes, pollen, mold spores, and other potentially harmful airborne substances.

Note that many of these substances are also likely to initiate an allergic response in susceptible individuals.

Moreover, viruses, particularly respiratory infections, are a major risk factor for childhood asthma. In fact, most children who develop asthma do so before the age of five.

Conventional Asthma Treatment Options

There is no cure for asthma. This is why conventional asthma treatments target the symptoms of asthma and not the underlying causes. The most common conventional treatments are prescription inhalers and oral steroids, such as albuterol and methylprednisone. While these medications help reduce inflammation in the airways in the short-term, they often have side effects that make them impractical (and possibly unsafe) as a long-term solution.

Asthma Natural Treatment Options

Identifying any potential underlying causes is imperative for naturally treating asthma in the long run. A physician with a strong grasp of functional medicine and nutrition is the best medical professional for diagnosing and treating asthma.

LifeWorks Wellness Center uses a proactive approach to treat asthma. Rather than simply giving you medication that treats the symptoms of asthma, we address and rectify any potential physiological issues that can exacerbate inflammation of the airways, namely compromised immune function, gut dysbiosis, and/or adrenal fatigue.

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In many cases, natural asthma treatment includes the use of targeted nutritional supplements and dietary modifications that help restore and maintain the function of the gut, immune system, and adrenal glands. Ozone therapy can also be very beneficial in helping to correct the underlying issues to ensure that your asthma remains under control without the need to rely on prescription drugs.

Allergy Elimination Technique for Asthma

If you have seasonal allergies and symptoms of asthma, then Allergy elimination technique (AET) is a prudent option for naturally treating both conditions. AET is completely painless and non-invasive. Instead, this technique uses gentle muscle testing (think acupuncture without the needles) that allows us to assess the sensitivity of your immune system to certain substances. Once those substances are identified we can systematically desensitize the body to them, thereby controlling allergy flare-ups and associated asthma symptoms.

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“Let me just start by saying I feel amazing! When I first came to LifeWorks I felt sluggish, stuffy, my lungs were tight and I was doing asthma breathing treatments 2-4 times a day just to breath normally! I came to LifeWorks and they immediately found a huge problem.  I switched my diet and started taking the supplements they recommended. A couple of weeks later, I noticed I didn’t have to rely on my nebulizer to help me breathe that day.”
- Arron M. (Patient Testimonial)

 

Contact Us Today about Natural Asthma Treatments

Asthma is a common disease that prevents many people from enjoying their life to the fullest. Sadly, conventional medicine doesn’t provide much of a long-term solution to asthma since prescription inhalers and drugs merely treat the symptoms (meaning you need to take them indefinitely).

LifeWorks has helped many patients take back the freedom and control of their lives through natural asthma treatments that are designed specifically for their body.

We don’t use any cookie-cutter formulas for treating asthma because everyone is unique. We identify what’s causing your asthma and then we provide the necessary support to keep you breathing freely each and every day.

Give us a call at 727-466-6789 or submit a confidential online inquiry to learn more about how LifeWorks can help you get back to doing the things you enjoy most without the need for inhalers or other asthma drugs!
Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

       *Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.

 

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