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Childhood Asthma – Published in the Link (May 2010)

My son has asthma.  What can I do?  – L.W. son 3 yrs old

Asthma has many possible triggers. Most commonly: allergies (pollen, dust, animal fur, milk products, wheat, eggs, oranges, artificial colouring, flavouring and preservatives,) irritation (smoke, moist atmosphere or chemicals,) infection, emotional factors (disharmony at home or school or anxiety from having asthma attacks,) inherited disposition or digestive disturbances, which can can irritate the vagus nerve feeding both the stomach and the bronchial tubes leading to constricted chest muscles.

It may take some detective work to root out the cause(s) of your child’s asthma.  Reducing their exposure is key.  The medications that your son is on are important to helping him to breath when he is having an attack – do not discontinue use, as it can be life threatening.  However, until the root problem is discovered, it may be difficult to resolve the asthma.

Treatment of asthma should have a varied approach.  It is important to use herbs that boost the immune system (chamomile, garlic, licorice, wild yam, yarrow), with herbs that relax the bronchi and expel mucous (elecampane, hyssop, mullein, thyme) and herbs that are soothing to the lungs (borage, comfrey, marshmallow, mullein, plantain).  Herbs that support the nervous system are also important (chamomile, hops, linden, skullcap.)

Foods which are an important part of the daily diet are:  High in inulin (unrefined sunflower oil, garlic, onions, leeks, artichokes, bananas, honey), High in Vit. A (carrots, spinach, peas, beets, fish liver oils, watercress, apricots,)  High in calcium (green vegetables, nuts, seeds, dried fruits, beans, bony fish) and High in Vit. C.  It can help to have warm drinks of lemon (or 1 tsp apple cider vinegar), honey and water to clear mucous.  Avoid excess dairy, wheat, sugar and foods with additives.

Asthma is a serious condition.  There are ways to support a child with this illness, however, professional help is advised.

Marianne Beacon, RH, Registered Clinical Herbalist
For Appointment, call 705-775-0255 or  info@elderberryherbals.ca

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