It is estimated that asthma affects between 5% to 6% of the US population. This translates to between 12 to 15 million cases per year. This breathing ailment most commonly occurs in children under age 10 years and in males more often than females. In the elderly, bronchial-asthma is now increasingly associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Asthma attacks can vary in intensity and severity. It is often present with spasms of the bronchial tubes, excessive secretion of mucus, difficulty moving air in and out of the lungs, and anxiety. At their worst stage, the patient can progress to asthmaticus, a sudden shutting down of the airways, which can be life threatening.

The public utilizes natural therapies for the relief of asthma more than ever before. This lends credence to its safety and efficacy. It is not unusual for patients to turn to “home remedies” for the treatment of asthma before seeking medical attention. Many of these therapies include; exposure to onions and garlic, increasing hydrochloric acid and red pepper.

Afflicted persons 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.

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This article is authored by Dr Kruzel for the AANP at the request of Senator Dan Burton for his hearings on alternative and complementary medicine. The article reviews the evidence on how naturopathic medicine can not only treat this breathing disease but cut health care costs as well.