Definition of Asthma:

A lung disorder marked by attacks of breathing difficulty, wheezing, coughing, and thick mucus coming from the lungs.  The episodes may be triggered by breathing foreign substances (allergens) or pollutants, infection, vigorous exercise, or emotional stress.  Extrinsic Asthma is triggered by pollen, chemicals or some other external agent; Intrinsic Asthma is triggered by boggy membranes, congested tissues, or other native causes... even adrenalin stress or exertion.

Also: Asthmatic

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A Low IgE level

...the condition
“...Also, high levels of IgE are found in people who have allergic reactions, asthma, atopic dermatitis, some types of cancer, and certain autoimmune diseases...”


...the condition
“...This can be due to a variety of causes including ... asthma...”
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Acute Bronchitis

...the condition
“...However, a cough that doesn't go away may be a sign of another problem, such as asthma or pneumonia...”

Addison's Disease

...the condition
“...Secondary adrenal insufficiency can result from prolonged or improper use of glucocorticoid hormones, such as prednisone, which are used to treat rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and other inflammatory illnesses...”

Alfalfa a treatment
“...Prostate Disorders; Asthma; The recommended dose is 500 to 1,000mg of the dried leaf per day or 1-2ml of tincture...”

Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever

...the condition
“...The following may increase the risk of having allergic reactions ... Asthma...”

Allergy to Foods (Hidden)

...relationship to Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions
“Food allergies are more common in children than adults, and most common in people with an inherited tendency to develop allergic conditions such as asthma.”

Arjun a treatment
“...In Ayurveda, the bark of Arjun is considered beneficial in the treatment of asthma: a fine powder is made from the bark and stored in a sealed container...”

Aspartame (Nutrasweet) Avoidance a treatment
“...fatigue, depression, insomnia, irritability, panic attacks (common aspartame toxicity reaction), marked personality changes, phobias, rapid heart beat (tachycardia – another frequent reaction), asthma, chest pains, hypertension (high blood pressure), nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, swallowing pain, itching, hives / urticaria, other allergic reactions, blood sugar control...”


...the condition
Asthma is a chronic lung disease which causes wheezing, coughing, and breathing difficulty...”
...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“Slender, older women are more susceptible to various chronic lung problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.”
...relationship to Vitamin B6 Requirement
“Children with asthma have been shown to have a metabolic defect in tryptophan metabolism...”
...relationship to Selenium Requirement
“Dietary consumption of apples and selenium intake (assessed by food frequency questionnaire) were each associated with a reduced risk of asthma in an English study of adults...”
...relationship to Environmental Illness / MCS
“Respiratory complaints among MCS patients include adult-onset "asthma", shortness of breath, and fibrotic lung disease.”
...relationship to Chronic Inflammation
Asthma is simply a chronic inflammatory condition of the airways rather than some other part of the body, such as the joints...”
...relationship to Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)
“...It is noticed that bruxism is more frequent in those experiencing periods of allergic rhinitis or asthma.”
...relationship to Allergy to Foods (Hidden)
Asthma is one of the three manifestations of a pattern of allergy that is called atopy – a genetic tendency to develop allergic diseases...”
...recommendation Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)
“...In one double-blind trial, 500mg of vitamin C per day for two days prevented attacks of exercise-induced asthma.  Both treated and untreated asthmatic patients have been shown to have significantly lower levels of ascorbic acid in both serum and white blood cells...”
...recommendation Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
“...This deficiency may relate to the asthma itself or to certain asthma drugs (such as theophylline and aminophylline) that deplete vitamin B6...”
...recommendation Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine)
“In one clinical trial, weekly 1,000mcg intramuscular injections produced definite improvement in asthmatic children.  Of 20 patients, 18 showed less shortness of breath on exertion, as well as improved appetite, sleep, and general condition...”
...recommendation Tylophora
“One clinical trial with asthma sufferers found that tylophora leaf (150mg of the leaf by weight) chewed and swallowed daily in the early morning for six days led to moderate to complete relief of their asthma symptoms...”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“...In a study of passive smoke exposure, cotinine levels, when tested in asthmatic children, correlated with their bronchial sensitivity...”
...recommendation Molybdenum
“Molybdenum may be useful in the treatment of certain cardiovascular conditions, asthma, allergies and mercury toxicity...”
...recommendation Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)
“An older study showed that 80% of children with asthma had gastric acid secretions below normal levels.”
...recommendation Picrorhiza
“Two open-label, non-placebo, controlled human studies have shown picrorhiza to be of benefit in asthma.  However, a follow-up double-blind study did not confirm these earlier findings...”
...recommendation Selenium
“People with low levels of selenium have a high risk of asthma.  Asthma involves free-radical damage that selenium might protect against...”
...recommendation Magnesium
“...Intravenous injection of magnesium has been reported in most, but not all, double-blind trials to rapidly halt acute asthma attacks.  Magnesium supplements may reduce the bronchoconstriction in asthma by relaxing the muscle around the bronchial tubes...”
...recommendation Alcohol Consumption
“Red wine intake was associated with reduced asthma severity in a study of adults in England...”
...recommendation Bioflavonoids
“Quercetin appears to be important in the prevention of asthma attacks.  It has been shown to inhibit histamine release from mast cells and basophils when stimulated by antigens (triggers)...”
...recommendation Cayenne Pepper
“...Depletion of substance P may be desirable in asthma.”
...recommendation Corticosteroids
“Inhalant forms of corticosteroid drugs will reduce the frequency and severity of asthma attacks when taken every day, but will not relieve an asthma attack once it has started...”
...recommendation Plant-Based Nutrition
“...[Journal of Asthma 1985; 22:44, p.13]”
...recommendation Elimination Diet
“Although most people with asthma do not suffer from food allergies, unrecognized food allergy can be an exacerbating factor...”
...recommendation Licorice Root
“...Glycyrrhiza is an expectorant, which can be useful for relieving asthma.”
...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“Studies conducted at yoga institutions in India have reported impressive success in improving asthma.  For example, one study of 255 asthma patients found that yoga resulted in improvement or cure in 74% of cases...”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“A research team at Johns Hopkins found that individuals with the lowest blood levels of folic acid are at a significantly increased risk of skin and respiratory allergies, wheezing, and asthma.”
...recommendation Test for Food Allergies
“Many studies have indicated that food allergies play an important role in asthma.  Negative reactions to food may be immediate or delayed...”
...recommendation Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“...Its anti-inflammatory activity may decrease the incidence of asthma symptoms.  A large preliminary study has shown that young children with asthma experience significantly less wheezing if they eat a diet high in fruits rich in vitamin C...”
...recommendation Ivy Leaf
“A controlled trial in a group of children with bronchial asthma found that 25 drops of ivy leaf extract given twice per day was effective in improving airflow into the lungs after only three days of use...”
...recommendation Lycopene
“Lycopene helps reduce the symptoms of asthma caused by exercising...”
...recommendation Ephedra (Ma Huang)
“...These components are still widely prescribed and effective drugs in the treatment of asthma, particularly in chronic cases...”

Bayberry a treatment
“...Powdered root bark was an ingredient in what was known as "composition powder", widely used for laryngitis, colds, flu, sinusitis and asthma.  Though still available, it is however no longer in common use...”

Biofeedback a treatment
“...Biofeedback may also be useful for the following health problems ... asthma...”

Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

...relationship to Allergic Rhinitis / Hay Fever
“...It is reported that bruxism is more frequent in those experiencing periods of allergic rhinitis or asthma.”

Carcinoid Cancer

...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“...Examples include various asthma inhalers, nasal decongestants and adrenaline itself.”

Chanca Piedra (Break-Stone) a treatment
“...Chanca Piedra has also traditionally been used for diabetes, prostate disorders, asthma, fever, tumors, bladder infections, as a diuretic, for painful joints, jaundice, indigestion, vaginitis, viruses of the reproductive tract, proctitis, poor circulation, excessive phlegm...”

Chlorophyll a treatment
“...Chlorophyll is also said to benefit obesity, diabetes, gastritis, hemorrhoids, asthma, skin disorders such as eczema, rashes and skin infections...”

Chronic / Hidden Infection

...the condition
“...Evidence is mounting that a variety of common germs long thought to cause only mild, short-lived illnesses such as the flu play a role in causing chronic health problems ranging from allergies, asthma and arthritis to obesity, heart disease and cancer...”

Clubbed Fingers Or Toes

...the condition
“...Asthma does not lead to clubbed fingers...”

Coffee a treatment
“...Short-term alertness, focus, attention, and memory; Long-term cognitive decline; Stroke; Prostate cancer; Depression; Asthma: Caffeine is a chemical cousin to the asthma drug theophylline, and can help calm an asthma attack and stop coughing spasms...”

Collapsed Lung

...relationship to Asthma
Asthma increases the risk of a collapsed lung.”

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

...the condition
“...Patients typically have symptoms of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema, but the classic triad also includes asthma.  COPD is a combination of 3 separate disease processes that together form the complete clinical picture...”
...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“Slender, older women are more susceptible to various chronic lung problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma, according to a long series of studies.”
...recommendation Particulate Matter Avoidance
“Long-term effects of particulate air pollution on the incidence of bronchitis, emphysema and asthma have been documented...”

Corticosteroids a treatment
“...Examples include inhalant corticosteroids that are used to prevent asthma attacks, and corticosteroid ointments, creams and gels that are used to treat skin problems...”

Cysteine / N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) a treatment
“...This is especially important during asthma, bronchitis, and bouts of hay fever...”

Digestive Enzyme Need

...the condition
“...People who lack sugar-digesting enzymes may have problems such as diarrhea or asthma, while those who are deficient in protease, the protein-digesting enzyme, tend to be more anxious, toxic and have low blood sugar...”
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...the condition
“...These families may have allergies such as hay fever and asthma but also have skin eruptions called atopic dermatitis (AD)...”
...recommendation Hydrochloric Acid (Trial)
“...A Dr. Bray, MD, as well as linking asthma to a high rate of HCl deficiency, found that in severe eczema 50% of subjects were hypochlorhydric...”

EFA (Essential Fatty Acid) Requirement

...the condition
“...'quilted' skin ("Alligator skin"); Soft, splitting, peeling or brittle nails; Dull, not shiny nails; Slow-growing nails; Dry, lackluster hair; Brittle hair; Unmanageable hair; Allergies Eczema; Asthma; Hay fever; Hives; Stiff or painful joints; Fatty foods craving; EFA deficiency causes various issues specific to women: Premenstrual breast pain/tenderness; Premenstrual syndrome; Menstrual...”


...the condition
“...Caused by years of bad asthma, tobacco smoking, chemical damage, and other chronic lung disorders, it can be halted but not reversed...”

Ephedra (Ma Huang) a treatment
“...Ephedra has been used in Chinese medicine for at least 5,000 years and is the herb from which scientists have extracted ephedrine, one of the most effective treatments known for the symptoms of asthma, allergies and sinus problems...”

Eucalyptus Blue Gum a treatment
“...Eucalyptus Oil has several medicinal uses, including ... Decongestant: Eucalyptus is most popular for its ability to clear congestion due to colds, coughs, flu, asthma, and sinusitis...”

Excess Sugar Consumption

...the condition
“...When the body undergoes a sugar overload, a number of symptoms can manifest themselves, including: Anxiety; Congestion; Frequent colds; Migraines; Asthma; Constipation; Headaches; Sinus congestion; Backaches; Depression; Hypoglycemia; Skin itch; Bladder/bowel dysfunction; Diarrhea; Hypothyroidism; Sleepiness; Bloating; Dizziness; Immune system...”

Germanium a treatment
“...Dr. Asai reported that germanium sesquioxide benefited patients with a wide variety of conditions, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, asthma, stroke, and stomach ulcers...”

Ginkgo Biloba a treatment
“...Ginkgolide-B is a known inhibitor of Platelet Activating Factor (PAF), which is responsible for platelet aggregation, PAF-induced asthma and various inflammatory and pro-oxidative processes...”

Gluten Sensitivity / Celiac Disease

...the condition
“...diagnosis; A Diabetes type I or II diagnosis; Hypoglycemia; Polycystic Ovary Disease (PCOS); Endometriosis; Immune System Symptoms Chronic urinary tract infections; Chronic respiratory infections; Asthma; Vaginal, oral, or nail bed yeast infections; Skin Symptoms Fever blisters; Mouth ulcers; Skin rash; Eczema; Psoriasis; Dermatitis Herpetiformis (caused by gluten); Vitiligo; Symptoms caused by...”

Gotu Kola a treatment
“...Ear-nose-throat / Respiratory: Asthma; bronchitis; clears upper respiratory tract during infection & chest tightness; whooping cough; tonsillitis; rapid healing of tonsillectomy cavities; promotes healing after radiotherapy of...”

Gulf War Illness

...the condition
“...Memory Loss; Blood In Stools and Urine; Fibromyalgia; Epstein Barr Syndrome; Sinus Diseases; Mycoplasma Fermentans; Incognitis Infections; Unusual Hair Loss; Loss Of Smell; Chemical Sensitivities; Asthma; Vision Problems.”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...the condition
“...This event is similar to the asthmatic response to irritants in the airways...”
...our question about Asthma
“About half of asthmatic patients also have GERD, of which heartburn is a symptom...”

Heparin a treatment
“...Some conditions that appear to be sensitive to heparin include ... Asthma (As for adult respiratory distress syndrome, however it has also been shown to improve lung function in experimental models)...”

Horsetail Grass a treatment
“...Other uses: aging, arthritis, asthma, backaches, breasts, milk secretion, bronchitis, bruises, burns, bursitis, cancer-skin, circulatory problems, cirrhosis, edema, fracture, hair loss, heart disease, inflammation, intertrigo...”

Hot Applications (Thermotherapy) a treatment
“...Asthma; Subacute and chronic pain; Reduction of joint contractures...”

Hydrochloric Acid Deficiency

...the condition
“...A history of stomach surgery; Prolonged use of stomach-acid-reducing medication; Being over the age of 65; Chronic health conditions often associated with hydrochloric acid deficiency include: Asthma; Allergies; Thyroid problems; Acne; Eczema; Lupus; Psoriasis; Gastritis; Osteoporosis; The most common signs and symptoms of HCl deficiency include: Bloating; Nausea and vomiting; Heartburn...”

Hydrotherapy a treatment
“...Contraindicators include acute asthma and acute bladder infections...”

Immunotherapy a treatment
“...This therapy is particularly useful for people with allergic rhinitis or asthma.  The therapy is particularly likely to be successful if it begins early in life or soon after the allergy develops for the first time...”

Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption a treatment
“...Fruit and vegetables also play a preventive role in birth defects, cataract formation, hypertension, asthma, diverticulosis, obesity and diabetes...”

Indian Long Pepper a treatment
“...Unconfirmed uses include: headache; migraine; toothache; indigestion; stomach ache; diarrhea; bronchitis; cough; asthma: prevention recurrent attacks of bronchial asthma; cholera; bacterial infections; coma; epilepsy; fever; stroke; liver toxicity; jaundice; promoting weight loss; reducing body fat; preventing...”

Indoor Allergies

...the condition
“...For those with asthma, an allergic reaction can also trigger an asthma episode...”


...the condition
“...Many common medical problems (and some of the drugs that treat them) can cause insomnia, including allergies, arthritis, heart disease, hypertension, asthma, arthritic conditions, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, hyperthyroidism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)...”

Ivy Leaf a treatment
“...In addition to the use of ivy to treat asthma, clinical reports from Europe suggest that topical cream preparations containing ivy, horsetail, and lady's mantle are beneficial in reducing, although not eliminating, skin stretch marks...”

Kelp a treatment
“...Asthma: 10 tablets daily for 21 days then reducing to 3 a day provides minerals in balanced amounts and proven helpful...”

Magnesium a treatment
“...Magnesium supplements have been found useful for: Angina, Asthma, Gall Stones, Menstrual cramps, High blood pressure, Hyperactivity, Glucose intolerance – diabetes and hypoglycemia, Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Prevention of hearing loss, Kidney stones, Leg...”

Mercury Toxicity (Amalgam Illness)

...recommendation Molybdenum
“Molybdenum may be useful in the treatment of certain cardiovascular conditions, asthma, allergies and mercury toxicity.”

Meyer's Cocktail a treatment
“...The "cocktail" is indicated for chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, depression, muscle spasm, asthma, hives, allergic rhinitis, congestive heart failure, angina, ischemic vascular disease, acute infections, and senile dementia...”

Mullein a treatment
“Mullein is a herbal remedy with a long history of treating respiratory disorders including asthma, coughs, and tuberculosis...”

Nasal Polyps

...the condition
“...Polyps are seen with greater frequency in people with asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), vasomotor rhinitis (may be caused by emotional upset or sexual arousal), and certain kinds of drug use, chronic sinus infections, and cystic fibrosis...”

Negative Ion Generator a treatment
“...Allergy and asthma sufferers are often helped by the removal of solid pollutants such as pollen, down, smoke, chemical fibers and dust since these are effectively removed with Negative Ionizers...”

Noni a treatment
“...The noni fruit is taken, in Indochina especially, for asthma, lumbago, and dysentery...”


...related topic
“...PAF activates platelets to secrete serotonin and other mediators to cause smooth-muscle contraction and vascular permeability, involved in asthma; a PAF antagonist counters these effects.”

Particulate Matter Avoidance a treatment
“...Acute exposure may also elicit a cough or nausea as well as exacerbate asthma.  Chronic exposure in experimental animal inhalation studies have shown a range of dose-dependent lung inflammation and cellular changes in the lung and there are also diesel exhaust...”

Pituitary Tumor

...the condition
“...Before having the injection or drink, it is important to tell the person doing this test if you are allergic to iodine or have asthma.  MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan: This test is similar to a CT scan, but uses magnetism instead of X-rays to build up a detailed picture of areas of your body...”


...our question about Your muscle/body fat composition
“Slender, older women are more susceptible to various chronic lung problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma.  A slim woman's relative lack of estrogen may lead to a weakened immune system.”

Poor Small Intestine Health

...the condition
“...Lactase deficiency can cause gas, nausea, bloating, cramps, diarrhea, asthma, congestion, on ingestion of dairy products...”

Post-Nasal Drip

...related topic
“...This drip can in turn be responsible for the development of a secondary cough due to irritation of the larynx, and bronchospasm in asthmatic individuals.”

Pregnancy-Related Issues

...our question about Smoker/non-smoker status
“...For pregnant women and new mothers, smoking puts their baby at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), poor lung development, asthma and respiratory infections...”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“...In addition, smoking around your new-born increases his/her risk of developing asthma and other respiratory disease.”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...relationship to Asthma
“Being overweight increases the risk of asthma.  Obese people with asthma may improve their lung-function symptoms and overall health status by engaging in a weight-loss program...”
...relationship to Lung Cancer
“...In addition, being overweight puts an added strain on the lungs, reduces lung capacity, and increases asthma risk...”

Propolis a treatment
“...Furthermore, people suffering from bronchial asthma and eczema may be more sensitive to bee products...”

Risk Of Premature Death

...the condition
“...A variety of respiratory diseases from asthma to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are leading causes of death...”

Shortness Of Breath

...the condition
“...Causes of long-term (chronic) shortness of breath include: Severe obesity; Asthma; Lung cancer; Interstitial lung disease; Pulmonary fibrosis (scarred or damaged lungs); Deconditioning due to lack of exercise; Sarcoidosis (abnormal collections of inflammatory cells in the...”


...the condition
“...Selye identified 'diseases of adaptation' which include, amongst others, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, peptic ulcer, hyperthyroidism and asthma.  A hereditary vulnerability and concerns such as economic or political uncertainties, a decreasing quality of life, looming unemployment, and fear of old age or abandonment has led to a general...”

Sulfite Sensitivity

...the condition
“...These potentially toxic and harmful substances can cause nausea or diarrhea and precipitate asthma attacks in sensitive individuals...”
...related topic
“...Sulfites give off the gas sulfur dioxide, which can cause irritation in the lungs and cause a severe asthma attack for those who suffer from asthma...”

Tendency Toward Allergic Reactions

...the condition
“...The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology reports that as many as 1-in-6 people in the United States suffer from some type of allergic disease...”
...recommendation Folic Acid
“A research team at Johns Hopkins found that individuals with the lowest blood levels of folic acid are at a significantly increased risk of skin and respiratory allergies, wheezing, and asthma.”

Tryptophan / 5HTP a treatment
“...Patients with asthma or systemic lupus erythematosus should not take tryptophan.”

Tylophora a treatment
“Tylophora has been used traditionally as a folk remedy in certain regions of India for the treatment of bronchial asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, and dermatitis...”

Ultraviolet Light Therapy a treatment
“...Encephalitis; Myelitis; Mumps; Measles; Mononucleosis; Herpes; Bacterial infections Staph; Strep; E. coli; Salmonella; Pneumonia; Infected wounds; Typhoid fever; Chronic disease Bronchial asthma; Chronic allergic conjunctivitis; Chronic hepatitis; Chronic kidney disease; Chronic eczema and neurodermatitis; Chronic recurrent polyarthritis; Diabetes mellitus; Diabetic retinopathy...”

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamine) a treatment
“...When vitamin B12 is being used for its pharmacological effects, as in the treatment of fatigue, Bell's palsy, diabetic neuropathy, subdeltoid bursitis, or asthma, intramuscular injections appear to be preferable to oral administration...”

Vitamin B3 (Niacin) a treatment
“...Supplements are not recommended for those suffering from peptic (stomach) ulcers, diabetes, colitis, asthma, liver disease, or gout...”

Yeast / Candida Infection

...the condition
“...The symptoms include: muscle aches, sore/stiff joints, fatigue, problems with particular organs, recurrent urinary tract infections, serious illnesses (Asthma, ADHD, Diabetes, MS, Arthritis, CFS, Fibromyalgia)...”

Zeolites a treatment
“...Asthmatic patients are exposed to pollen, dust, molds, air polluted by chemicals and smog – all of which may initiate bronchospasm (wheezing)...”

Zinc Requirement

...the condition
“...It has been observed that those suffering with any of the auto-immune diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis or psoriasis); atopic problems (allergy, eczema, asthma or migraine); or many of the inflammatory diseases (such as osteoarthritis, ME or irritable bowel syndrome), have a consistent, and often severe, zinc deficiency, which is greatly benefited by...”
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