Asthma

Sign/Symptoms
Drugs
Treatments
Attributes
Commonality is common
Incidence is approximately 1 in 56 people
Further Tests

Asthma

 

Efficacy of Alternative and Other Treatments According to GRADE* Ranking:

Selenium Supplement [1, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It may mildly help with some of the symptoms, and even then has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present. IMPORTANT: Selenium is toxic in high doses. Massive overdoses can cause kidney failure, breathing difficulty and death. Selenium should only be taken at healthy levels which the body is able to tolerate.

Recommendation: No recommendation (Available evidene does not support claims that selenium helps to prevent or treat asthma)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Pine Bark Extract [1, 36, 37, 38]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It may mildly help with some of the symptoms, and even then has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: Weakly in favor  (Early studies indicate potential for Pine bark extract in the treatment of asthma, but more clinical studies need to be done)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Oleander Leaf (Nerium Oleander) [1, 32, 33, 34, 35]:

WARNING: This plant is toxic! Not to be ingested. Causes nausea, appetite loss, vomiting, drowsiness, bloody diarrhoea, seizures, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, respiratory depression and death. The plant and any of its extracts should be strictly avoided, especially by children and pregnant women.

Recommendation: Strongly against (There is insufficient evidence to prove the effectiveness of Oleander in asthma. Please note, this plant and its extracts are poisonous, even when ingested in dry form. Many people have died of heart or respiratory failure after eating parts of the plant or its extracts.)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Mugwort (Artemisa Vulgaris) [1, 29, 30, 31]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It has been proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support, and even then, has been discounted due life-threatening side effects

Recommendation: No recommendation (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that mugwart helps to treat symptoms of asthma. More research is needed.)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Cannabis (Marijuana, weed, hemp) [1, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It may mildly help with some of the symptoms, and even then has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recommendation (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that cannabis helps to treat asthma. Studies have yielded mixed results.)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Kava (Piper Methysticum) [1, 16, 17, 18, 19]:

WARNING: In rare cases, kava may lead to liver failure and other life threatening problems. The FDA warns that those who have had liver problems, or are on medicacations which may affect the liver, patients should check with their doctors before taking Kava. Other side effects include headache, upset stomach, drowsiness, weight loss, bloody urine, and muscle weakness.

Recommendation: No recommendation (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that Kava helps to treat symptoms of asthma. More research is needed)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Gotu Kola (Centella Asiatica, Hydrocotyle Asiatica)[1, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It may mildly help with some of the symptoms, and even then has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recommendation (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that Gotu Kola helps in the treatment of asthma in any way. More research is needed.)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Germanium (Germanium Sesquioxide, Vitamin O) [1, 7, 8, 9]:

WARNING: Germanium may cause permanent Kidney failure. Even organic supplements, though less toxic than inorganic supplements, have caused kidney and liver damage. NOT TO BE USED.

Recommendation: Strongly against (Evidence shows that Germanium is not effective in treating asthma in any way, and is also toxic, causing severe kidney and liver damage.)

Grade of Evidence: Moderate level of evidence

Evening Primrose Oil  [1, 4, 5, 6]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It may mildly help with some of the symptoms, and even then has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recommendation  (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that Primrose Oil helps to treat asthma any way.)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Enercel [1, 3]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It may mildly help with some of the symptoms, and even then has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recommendation  (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that Enercel helps to treat asthma in any way.)

Grade of Evidence: Moderate level of evidence

Cats Claw (Uncaria Tomentosa) [1, 2]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support, and even then, has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recomendation (insufficient evidence to support claims that Cats Claw can help to treat asthma)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Astragalus (Astragalus Membranaceus):

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support, and even then, has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recommendation (There is insufficient evidence to support claims that Astragalus helps to treat asthma)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Neural Therapy:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as supportive symptomatic support, and even then, has insufficient evidence to back up this claim at present.

Recommendation: No recommendation (Available evidence does not support claims that Moxibustion may help to treat asthma)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Moxibustion:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support.

Recommendation: No recommendation (Available evidence does not support claims that Moxibustion may help to treat asthma)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Acupuncture:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support.

Recommendation: Weakly in favor (Although scientific evidence is not strong, early studies show that Acupuncture may be helpful in treating the symptoms of asthma)

Grade of Evidence: Very low level of evidence

Yoga [48, 49, 50]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support.

Recommendation: Weakly in favor (Studies on the efficacy of yoga for asthmatics have yielded mixed results. More studies are needed)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Osteopathy [51, 52]:

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support.

Recommendation: Weakly in favor (Studies show that osteopathy may be beneficial to those with asthma. More studies are needed)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Buteyko Breathing Method [53, 54, 55]:

 

Please note, this management does NOT treat the condition itself. It is proposed only as a weak supportive symptomatic support.

Recommendation: Weakly in favor (Studies show that the buteyko breathing method may be beneficial to those with asthma. More studies are needed)

Grade of Evidence: Low level of evidence

Summary References

Treatments:

1. Ades T, Alteri R, Gansler T, Yeargin P, "Complete Guide to Complimentary & Alternative Cancer Therapies", American Cancer Society, Atlanta USA, 2009

2. http://www.nutrasanus.com/cats-claw.html

3. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/enercel

4. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/evening-primrose

5. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/eveningprimrose/

6. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/4395826.stm

7. Baselt, R. (2008). Disposition of Toxic Drugs and Chemicals in Man (8 ed.). Foster City, CA: Biomedical Publications. pp. 693–694.

8. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9237323

9. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/germanium

10. Winston, D., Maimes, S., Adaptogens: Herbs For Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, 2007, pp. 226-7

11. "A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study on the Effects of Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) on Acoustic Startle Response in Healthy Subjects". Journal of Clinical Psychopharmacology. 20(6):680-684, December 2000. Bradwejn, Jacques MD, FRCPC *; Zhou, Yueping MD, PhD ++; Koszycki, Diana PhD *; Shlik, Jakov MD, PhD

12.  B. M. Hausen (1993) "Centella asiatica (Indian pennywort), an effective therapeutic but a weak sensitizer." Contact Dermatitis 29 (4), 175–179 doi:10.1111/j.1600-0536.1993.tb03532.x

13. Cataldo, A., Gasbarro, V., et al., "Effectiveness of the Combination of Alpha Tocopherol, Rutin, Melilotus, and Centella asiatica in The Treatment of Patients With Chronic Venous Insufficiency", Minerva Cardioangiology, 2001, Apr; 49(2):159-63

14. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gotu_kola#Medicinal_effects

15. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/gotu-kola

16. http://www.publish.csiro.au/?act=view_file&file_id=SP05005.pdf

17. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/kava

18. http://www.kavazen.com/pages/library.htm#KavaZen and Kava Safety

19. http://nccam.nih.gov/health/kava/index.htm

20. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/marijuana.html

21. http://nccam.nih.gov/research/extramural/awards/2004/

22. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/marijuana

23. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/what-we-know-about-ms/treatments/complementary--alternative-medicine/marijuana/index.aspx

24. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16957511

25. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12965981

26. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17589370

27. http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/6/11/2921.long

28. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2562334/?tool=pmcentrez 

29. Anliker MD, Borelli S, Wüthrich B. Occupational protein contact dermatitis from spices in a butcher: a new presentation of the mugwort-spice syndrome. Contact Dermatitis. 2002;46:72-74.

30. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/mugwort

31. Fetrow CW, Avila JR. Professional's Handbook of Complementary & Alternative Medicines. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2004.

32. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/oleander-leaf

33. http://www.nerium.com/index-2.html

34.http://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/GuidanceComplianceRegulatoryInformation/EnforcementActivitiesbyFDA/WarningLettersandNoticeofViolationLetterstoPharmaceuticalCompanies/UCM165406.pdf

35. http://www.inchem.org/documents/pims/plant/pim366.htm

36. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ct/show/NCT00214032

37. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/pine-bark-extract

38. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-pycnogenol.html

39. http://www.cancer.org/Treatment/TreatmentsandSideEffects/ComplementaryandAlternativeMedicine/HerbsVitaminsandMinerals/selenium?sitearea=ETO

40. http://www.cancer.gov/Templates/doc.aspx?viewid=ED8AD8E8-6AE5-458D-8091-393F4CB73F0D

41. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-selenium.html

42. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9290116

43. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9829869

44. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10335455

45. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2136228

46. http://www.springerlink.com/content/v0r644v4ju5153k2/

47. http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/101/5/283

48. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140602132232.htm

49. http://www.livescience.com/46167-yoga-asthma-symptoms.html

50. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3275836/

51. http://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2093071

52. http://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/Complementary_Therapies.aspx

53. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15907677

54. http://www.asthmaaustralia.org.au/Complementary_Therapies.aspx

55. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0422763812000520








 








 


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