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Old 02-12-2005, 11:56 AM   #1
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Question Alternative Treatments

Hi, again--anyone use alternative treatments for allergy related asthma? If so, what supplements, etc. do you take?

Have you tried chiropractic? If so, did it help?

Thanks!

 
Old 02-12-2005, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: Alternative Treatments

Chiropractic did help me. I don't know the status of your asthma, but mine is a vague feeling of shortness of breath with lots of allergies to go with it. Chiropractic helped my immune system a lot which in turn will help with allergic responses. My asthma also acts up when I get a cold, so it's really important to keep my immune system strong. I also take a lot of vitamin C, echinacea, magnesium and a good multi-vitamin. Hope this helps.
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Old 02-18-2005, 05:55 PM   #3
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Re: Alternative Treatments

I have severe allergies to plants so I have to be very careful with alternative therapies. I do recommend extra vitamin C (3x a day) and a multivitamin as did someone else. I haven't tried chiropractic yet but I haven't ruled it out.

 
Old 02-21-2005, 07:31 AM   #4
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Re: Alternative Treatments

Combining several approaches would be the most effective way, however
if you have symptoms such as cough, wheeze and chest tightness or have frequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations, you should focus on reducing the symptoms.
Alternative treatment for asthma falls into two categories.
One is about diet and foods.
This includes anti-candida diet, nutritional supplements (magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta carotene, omega3, zinc), foods which are high in the nutrients I listed above.
The other is about physical therapy.
This includes breathing technique, yoga, qigong and tai chi chuan, but remember, as I said above, you should concentrate on relieving airway inflammation while you have symptoms, frequent emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
Have you read 'Reversing Asthma' by Richard N. Firshein?
This is a very informative and helpful book which details alternative treatments for asthma, but the author stresses the important role which asthma medications play as a life saver.
Also, I believe that peak flow reading would be very helpful for preventing asthma attacks and monitoring your airway conditions.
Good luck.

 
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Re: Alternative Treatments

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Originally Posted by Howitt44
Chiropractic did help me. I don't know the status of your asthma, but mine is a vague feeling of shortness of breath with lots of allergies to go with it. Chiropractic helped my immune system a lot which in turn will help with allergic responses. My asthma also acts up when I get a cold, so it's really important to keep my immune system strong. I also take a lot of vitamin C, echinacea, magnesium and a good multi-vitamin. Hope this helps.
Cindy
Could you please go into some details about what the chiroprator did. This is very interesting. Thanks.

 
Old 02-21-2005, 04:43 PM   #6
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Re: Alternative Treatments

My chiropractor performed spinal manipulation which is basically popping your neck and back. There are literally thousands of nerves which radiate out from our spine and if there is any pinching it can affect all the organs in our body. Some people only go twice a year or so to keep their immune system in check once your back gets back in alignment.

 
Old 02-22-2005, 11:02 PM   #7
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Re: Alternative Treatments

Chiropractic didn't help me at all, I went for almost a year first for back problems and then for asthma problems, and none of the manipulations he made left my asthma better -- if anything, I think I was wheezier than before.

 
Old 02-24-2005, 12:42 PM   #8
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Re: Alternative Treatments

Thanks for the replies! I am now on the mend. I'm taking Magnesium, Vitamin C, and misc other supplements.

 
Old 02-26-2005, 08:48 PM   #9
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Chiropractic did help me because when my back is out of place, loosening any tight areas or pressure areas are relieved which makes it easier to breathe. My hubby also rubs my back when I have a hard time breathing for about 30-45 minutes and it really seems to help me also.

 
Old 09-29-2005, 06:11 PM   #10
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The suggestions here are very good. I would like to add that the book "Brain Allergies", which does not address asthma specifically, has very good information on how to go about finding what foods might be contributing to your symptoms. Any allergies you have to food put more stress on your immune system and make your symptoms worse. Also, my husband has been symptom free most of the time since he discovered that a combination of vitamin C with some form of niacin really help. Most people would probably take 3-5 grams of C with 500 mg of niacinamide both twice a day, but each individual is different, and you need more when you have been exposed to more allergens. For instance, this summer my husband went with our son on a campout and found that the field they used had been mowed the day of the campout...he had to take extra that day to get his symptoms under control. Plus the child of one of our friends was unable to even play with the other children because of his reaction to the grass (not asthma, but it made him sick with dark circles under his eyes), we gave him a lower dose of the C (2 grams) and niacinamide(100mg), and an hour later he was out playing with the other children.

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