An alternative approach for Asthma
World Asthma Day - 7th May 2019
An Alternative Approach for Asthma
The word asthma derives from the Greek meaning “gasp” or “pant”, and in their Illustrated Medical Dictionary, the British Medical Association defines asthma as, “a lung disease in which there is intermittent narrowing of the bronchi (airways) causing shortness of breath, wheezing and cough.” Additionally, the lungs have an increased sensitivity to certain trigger factors including allergens, which result in the asthmatic response. This condition enjoys the medical label of “bronchial hyper-activity” or the more colloquial description of “twitchy tubes”!
Although, this definition may be humorous, the statistics concerning asthma in the UK are no laughing matter. 5.4 million people (9% of the population) in the UK are currently receiving treatment for asthma. This equates to a person with asthma in one in five households. More alarmingly, one social group particularly and increasingly affected by asthma is children, with 1 in 11 or 9% of children in the UK currently receiving treatment for asthma, and numbers rising. It is the most long-term medical condition in children in the UK, with boys more frequently affected than girls, with marginally more women than men diagnosed.
The theories for causes of asthma are multiple and varied, ranging from family history, environmental pollution, poor nutrition, a rise in caesarean births, overuse of paracetamol (Calpol) in children, and even, as a consequence of vaccination. Diagnosis is generally made as a result of breathing tests and inhalers (preventers and/or relievers) are the most commonly used conventional treatments for asthma. However, surveys show that due to concerns around potential side effects of corticosteroid use, roughly 50% of asthma patients use some form of unconventional therapy including acupuncture, kinesiology, Alexander Technique and/or homeopathy.
As a practicing homeopath in this area, 20% of my clients present with asthmatic symptoms, either, as a sole symptom or as part of a more complex symptom picture. The asthma, eczema, allergy triangle is not uncommon, nor is the association with chronic respiratory problems or a history of respiratory disease. Following a homeopathic prescription, and a personalized treatment plan, 62% of my clients report complete relief of symptoms, 23% report 90-95% improvement of symptoms with remaining clients recording occasional or mild symptoms, kept under control with the use of natural broncho-dilators. Aspidosperma is commonly used to aid those whose asthma gets worse with exertion and Pothos if it is associated with dust or animal hair allergies. The remedies can improve the functioning of the bronchials, lungs and/or reduce susceptibility to allergens, even if those allergens are unknown. Homeopathic remedies are natural, non-toxic and without long term side-effects, and can be used alongside conventional treatments, if and until when their use is no longer required.
There is a small percentage of asthma sufferers who have a more serious asthmatic condition characterized by acute asthma attacks for which professional medical care and hospitalization can be required.
As asthma affects the fundamental and important human function of breathing its’ effective management and treatment is of greatest concern to the asthmatic, which is why professional expert care and support should be sought.
For further information contact Daniela Karsten, RS.Hom. Dip. Hom. ACH. Registered Homeopath. Tel: 07715 538501 or visit www.danielakarsten.co.uk
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