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Natural Alternative Strategies to the Top Ten Prescription Drugs – Part 12

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 8:57 AM

Material provided by:
Kerry Bone
Co-Founder and Director Research & Development, MediHerb Associate Professor, University of New England, Australia 

ASTHMA

Effective Herbal Protocols for Asthma: New Insights –
• Incidence is increasing worldwide. 
• This may be due to changing patterns of childhood infections and excessive antibiotic use. 
• Exposure to certain pathogens in early childhood may cause suppression of various responses (such as IgE production) against allergens. 
• The pathogenic processes in asthma lead to chronic inflammation 
Warrel DA, Cos TM , Firth JD (eds). Oxford Textbook of Medicine, Volume 2. Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2003, p 1324. 

Factors Associated with Asthma  
• Not changeable 
o Atopy (sensitive to allergens), not breastfed. 
• Possibly changeable 
o Allergens, air quality 
• Can be changed. 
o Sinusitis (inflammation of the sinuses), diet, poor digestion, infection, salt intake, poor immunity, stress, antioxidant status 
Allergens 
- Allergens produced by the house dust mites are probably the single most important allergens associated with asthma worldwide. If exposure to these allergens in houses could be sufficiently reduced, then asthma symptoms may be markedly reduced and even prevented from being initiated. 
Tover ER. Exp Appl Acoral 1992; 16:181-202 

Sinusitis 
- In patients with sinus disease and asthma, sinusitis precedes asthma in more than 90 %. 
- More than half were aspirin sensitive. 
- More than 90% were prescribed steroids.
- Treatment of sinusitis (e.g. surgery, antibiotics) results in substantial long-term clinical improvement 
Tosca MA et al. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2003; 91(1): 71-78

Poor Digestion 
- Hurst (1930) found low HCl (Hydrochloric Acid or stomach acid) in 36% of asthmatic patients. 
- Bray (1931) found the same in 80% of asthmatic patients. 
- Adam (1931) reported 60% with reduced HCl output.
- Gillespie (1935) found 52% of asthmatics were low HCl.
- The incident of low HCl in normal subjects was at most 20%.
Bray GW.Quart J Med 1931; 24: 181-187

Infection and Infestation 
- Viral infection may be more important in development of asthma in children e.g. 37% of children with viral LRT infection subsequently develop asthma.
- Bacterial infection, especially Chlamydia pneumoniae, has been linked to adult onset asthma. 
Sly PD, Hibbert ME. Pediatr Pulmonol 1989; 7(3): 153-158 
Liu WJ et al. Zhonghua Min Guo Xiao Er Ke Yi Xue Hui Za Zhi 1991: 32(6): 348-357 
Hahn DL et al. JAMA 1991; 266(2): 225-230 

Suggested Natural Supplements 
1. Boswellia 
2. Turmeric 
3. Adhatoda 
4. PulmaCo
5. Albizia 
6. Catalyn 
7. Drenamin 
8. Pneumotrophin 
9. Antronex
10 Cataplex C 
11 Betacol
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