It is estimated that asthma affects between 5% to 6% of the US population, which translates to between 12 to 15 million cases per year. Asthma most commonly occurs in children under age 10 years and in males more often than females. In the elderly, one of the fastest growing populations in America, bronchial asthma is now increasingly associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Asthma attacks can vary in intensity and severity and often present with spasm of the bronchial tubes, excessive secretion of mucus, difficulty moving air in and out of the lungs, and anxiety and fearfulness. At their worst stage, the patient can progress to status asthmaticus, a sudden shutting down of the airways, which is a potentially life threatening condition.
That the public utilizes natural therapies at a higher rate for the relief of asthma than ever before lends credence to its safety and efficacy. It is not unusual, and in fact is often the rule, that patients will turn to “home remedies” for the treatment of asthma before seeking medical attention. Many of these therapies such as exposure to onions and garlic, increasing hydrochloric acid and giving red pepper, have been proven to be effective when subjected to clinical trials.
Persons afflicted with asthma respond best to a comprehensive program of diet, homeopathic medicine, specific macronutrients, and hydrotherapy. The goal of all asthma therapy is for the patient to be completely free of medicines that control symptoms while being able to perform their normal activities of daily living.