is a disorder affecting the airways of the lungs. People with asthma have very sensitive airways that narrow in response to certain "triggers", leading to difficulty in breathing. The airway narrowing is caused by inflammation and swelling of the airway lining, the tightening of the airway muscles, and the production of excess mucus. This results in a reduced airflow in and out of the lungs. Our clinician will show you how to manage/control Asthma for a  finer quality of life. 

 

The prevalence of asthma in Australia is among the highest in the world: between 10% and 15% of children and between 10% and 12% of adults have asthma. Although it is not a major cause of death, asthma is one of the most common problems managed by doctors and is a frequent reason for the hospitalisation of children, especially boys. (Source: Asthma in Australia: [Australian Institute of Health and Welfare] ).

 

Definition: Asthma is a chronic lung condition that has two main components that can be brought about by environmental and genetic factors. When you have asthma, two things happen inside your lungs:

• Constriction, the tightening of the muscles surrounding the airwaysasthma__sure_difficult_breathing
• Inflammation, the swelling and irritation of the airways.

 

Such narrowing of the airways usually result in symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, or shortness of breath, particularly at night or in the early morning.


Asthma symptoms are characteristically worse during sleep and may be intensified by emotion. In severe asthma there may be no wheezing due to insufficient air movement.


Furthermore, there is increasing evidence that, if left untreated, asthma can cause long-term loss of lung function.

Possible Risk Factors and Triggers
•   Hypersensitivity to aero-allergens (including dust mites, cockroaches, dog, cat, or other animal proteins, fungal spores, pollens, dusts and fumes)
•   Respiratory infections
•   Exposure to cold or dry air
•   Air pollutants, such as tobacco, aerosols, perfumes, fresh newsprint, diesel particles, sulphur dioxide, elevated ozone levels, and fumes from chemical-cleaning agents and gas stoves
•   Meteorological changes in temperature and humidity
•   Emotional behaviours that alter breathing such as laughing, shouting, or crying
•   Oesophageal
•   Aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAIDs) and beta blockers
•   Family history of allergies or asthma

Symptoms & Signs
•   Shortness of breath or dyspnoea
•   Wheezing
•   Chest tightness or constriction
•   Cough (can be the only symptom)
•   Cyanosis (a bluish discolouration of the skin; a sign that oxygen in the blood is dangerously diminished)
•   Flattened diaphragm and hyper-inflated chest
•   In severe asthma there may be no wheezing due to insufficient air movement
 

Our REAL THERAPIES CLINIC Practitioner will Recommend: A special, individual treatment program to suit each client's personal lifestyle. Working together with your nutritionist, triggers are identified and each program is carefully adjusted according to changes/improvements in symptoms and severity. The program will include:

•   Elimination of food allergens from the diet
•   Maintaining an allergen-free environment
•   Reduction of pro-inflammatory foods in the diet including saturated fats refined foods, and sugar. 
•   Herbs or nutritional supplements from herbs to prevent and alleviate disease.
•  Regular, appropriate exercise.