R.C. asks from Ridgewood, NY on November 20, 2009
K.H. answers from Utica on November 21, 2009
Busy but had to write.
When mine was about 5, she was diagnosed w/bronchial asthma. We had tried everything when I read in a little natural cures book while in the grocery store line; it said drink 4oz grape juice, if it didn't work try 1 TBSP vinegar. OK that is pretty cheap and natural med, and we were doing prednisone every once in a while, and inhalers. OK so I bought Welch's concord grape juice and our daughter had it instead of orange juice each AM. Some AM's she threw up mucus, but I thought that must be what is causing the problem. By the time she was 15 and needed that diagnosis off her record, MD took it off saying she outgrew it. If she gets sick flu, respiratory, whatever she still does the grape juice but often does TBSP of apple cider vinegar before the MD visit and only once in 4 years did he give her prednisone. We are thankful for such a simple help to our problem, and hope it helps your son as well. I don't call it a cure, but it gave her a fighting chance for her body to help itself.
God bless you and your family
K. SAHM married 39 years---- adult children 38,33 & twins 19.
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J.R. answers from New York on November 20, 2009
Get all of the toxins out of the house! he might be allergic to the chemicals in the household!
There is a section about allergies and asthma
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K.S. answers from New York on November 21, 2009
First, make your home as green as possible. We use so many chemicals daily in our homes, without any understanding (even scientific one) about their interactions with each other. I use a strictly vegetal-based, biodegradable cleaner that does the trick for almost everything, and cleans as well, if not better, than Fantastic and co. Before my cat passed away, he has a chronic nailbed infection - when I cleaned the floors with regular products, the infection stayed. When I started to clean the floors every other day with this natural product (it's called Thieves Cleaner, by the way), my cat's infection disappeared! Other than that, I use white vinegar for windows and mirrors, and the whole house is clean.
Second, we never think about this, but you need to make sure that you have enough plants to renew the oxygen in your home... We often have homes that have poor air quality because they're too airtight and rely on central air and heat, so plants that absorb CO2 and give our oxygen are very necessary. Some of those plants are also known to absorb toxic elements in the air as well. Here's a quick article on the best plants to use to have clean indoors air:
Finally, do follow your Dr's prescriptions for your son, asthma is nothing to be trifled with... My father had asthma as a child before the invention of asthma medication, and his stories are nightmarish. However, several people I know have had great success in reducing the need for asthma medication, or eliminating it altogether, using essential oils. The trick is that you need to use the pure, therapeutic-grade kind to have any effect, and it's hard to find in stores. I use the Young Living brand, which I know is therapeutic-grade and undiluted. If you contact me privately and tell me a little bit more about the origins of your son's asthma, I can give you the names of the best essential oils to help him.
Good luck, and I hope your son's asthma gets better very soon!
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J.C. answers from New York on November 20, 2009
When it comes to something as serious as asthma, you need to follow your doctor's advice and use the medications that he/she tells you to use. Is he on an inhaler/pills? Is it not working? Perhaps you need to go back to the doctor or see a specialist, try different meds, etc.
It's smart to keep things as natural as possible at home. Use green products and things like vinegar and baking soda to clean. No pets (easier said than done but pets are so bad for kids with allergies and asthma) and keep a clean home. Cover mattresses with allergen-proof casings, etc.
R.E. answers from New York on November 21, 2009
get in touch with a homeopathist
J.K. answers from Mansfield on November 20, 2009
This is not medication however my youngest daughter has asthma and several allergies that start in October and run til Spring... the first winter we thought whooping cough but doctor said no.
I starting taking her to a health care (not pain care) chiropractor. One who believes that the body is meant to function at 100% and that includes healing itself without the use of medication. Because the central nerve system controlls your intire body and your spine must be in alignment in order for your spinal cord to not have interference. That way in information from the brain can get to the area of the body that it needs. She started getting adjusted by the chiropractor regularly and the next winter we had less symptoms. Then so far this winter NOTHING! Thank God. She is a normal child without a "health problem".Oh and by the way... as JC mentioned pets can be bad but... we have 3 dogs and a cat in our house and one of them actually sleeps in my daughters bed. I would recommend you find a really good chiropracticor and see what they say! We do try to keep a clean house and eat natural foods, stay away from sugar as much as possible (alot of sugar seems to aggravate her symptoms... although this year she is eating candy from trick or treat and still not having problems). Now I don't have to do anything special for her that I wouldn't normal do any other time of the year.
Hope this helps :)
N.T. answers from New York on November 21, 2009
Natural Medicine of Aromatherapy, Homeopathy and Flower Essences are all very helpful for Asthma. My office offers all three, plus more. You may call the office at ###-###-#### to learn more and schedule an appointment. The webpage is www.wholecreations.com/wombfull.html.
All the best,
Holistic Healthcare Provider
C.M. answers from New York on November 21, 2009
Definitely natural and alternative especially for the little ones who respond best of all to holistic medicine!
My son did too. I brought him to a naturopathic doctor in NYC-Sarah Cimperman, ND and also occassionally to a chiropractor who he did fantastic with. They say although I've only done it for myself w/ success, acupuncture can assist.
THe important thing is to not forgo the pediatrician/medical doctor's advice but to incorporate in diet and environmental factors the naturopathic remedies. Holistic care helps best w/ the preventative measures. The nebulizer - you need if you need it! I keep it on hand. I use eucalyptus oil ( pure essential oil w/ no additives) on a tissue to dab a tiny amount on his shirt chest area so it helps w/ clearing lungs and breathing. Also dab some on a pillow or if you can add it to a humidifier if you use one that lets you add an oil, it helps to keep the air fresh.
The ONE thing that helped my son tremendously, I stopped giving him dairy products (which we all love), I only give him Rice Milk- or Almond Milk -Organic (many are from genetically modified rice- not good) from RICE DREAM. Very occassionally I will give him all natural mac & cheese from Annie's from aged cheddar- aged cheese is supposed to not be so bad in contributing to the congestion.
He does not have the congestion now which for him, contributed to the lung problem. And he has had homeopathic treatments from a homeopath which helped enormously as well. HE was taking calcarea iodata 6x and his tonsils & adenoids went down and no more fluid in his ears - after years of this problem and a recommendation for tonsellictomy & adenoids to be removed which I was going to do as he also had sleep apnea from both enlarged T&A. THe treatment is noted in homeopathy to treat just that- enlarged tonsils & adenoids; but he doesn't have any more obstructive apnea since they both went down. Since surgery is surgery, I thought I would see if there wasn't something else that coudl be tried and it did work. It took some months on it - very small doses- and NO COW's Milk (including our beloved butter)- but keeping w/ the homeopathic practitioner I believe really did the thing.
An allergist can see if your child is allergic to something that would bring on the asthma - sure enough our son is allergic to mold and his problem was always worse in the fall and spring- so a lot can be done environmentally but this fall, fingers crossed, my son has done well!