About the Illness

Asthma attacks are most commonly triggered by allergies to things in the atmosphere and are generally worse during certain months of the year (during the cold months of June, July and August and the hot, dusty months of December, January and February) or during times of high humidity.


Common Symptoms

During an attack a patient will experience spasms of the lung muscles with symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, restlessness or insomnia.


Children’s Issues

Asthma often begins in childhood and may be a problem for life.
It is not contagious, but is more common in children with relatives who suffer from it as it is hereditary.


Important Information

The first time you experience an asthma attack, seek medical attention.
Asthma is a chronic condition and can be quite serious if not treated properly.
A suffocating feeling that makes it difficult to talk, flaring nostrils, the skin between the ribs appearing sucked in and lips or skin under the nails looking greyish or bluish are all signs of extreme oxygen deprivation. In any of these cases get immediate emergency treatment.


Herbal Therapy

Warburgia ugandensis Bark Solution good for adults only

Dissolve a pinch of bark in 1/4 glass warm water.
Take 2x daily before meals for 2 weeks.
You may vomit mucus when you take it.

Bean Ash Solution good for kids

Dissolve 1 tbsp bean ash in 1 glass water and drink 3x daily for 2 weeks.
(All children – dissolve 1 tsp bean ash in 1 glass water.)

Sonchus schweinfurthii Tea good for kids

Boil the whole plant in a saucepan of water.
Drink 1 glass 2x daily for 2 months.
(10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 2x daily; 2-6 yrs: 2 tbsp 2x daily; up to 2 yrs: do not use.)

Zanthoxylum macrophylla Bark Solution good for all

Crush bark and dissolve 1/2 tsp in 1 glass water and drink 1 glass 2x daily for 2 months.
(10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 2 x daily; up to 6 yrs: 1 tsp 2x daily).

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Eat plenty of garlic and onion – these contain an enzyme that helps release anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body.

  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.

  • Avoid mucus forming foods such as dairy products, meat and eggs.

Body Work and General Advice

  • Stay in sitting position during an attack. Do not lie down.
  • Drink warm rather than cold water.
  • If treatment doesn’t work then consider moving or changing your environment.

To help prevent attacks from starting, try to:

  • NOT smoke cigarettes.

  • Avoid sources of allergy like dust, smoke, pollution, pollen, dusty blankets, feathers, pets and household chemicals (soaps, wash powders and perfumes).

  • Keep bedding clean.

  • Use non-chemical soaps e.g. Sunlight, Ushindi, Gun Soap, clinically proven baby soap or neem soap.

  • Use non-chemical washing powder Sunlight, Toss, Gental or bar soap

  • Take exercise when not having an attack to help build up your lung tissue.


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