Hi folks! I feel compelled for some reason to share a bit of my asthma history as I reckon I've turned a corner in it.
Firstly, I got a diagnosis of asthma aged about 7, am in my mid - late 20's now.
For a long time, I felt my asthma was very difficult to control. I especially noticed this in a holiday home that my family had bought, often having to wake up several times a night to use the blue ventolin inhaler, often finding its main effect was to make me dizzy rather than bringing about predicatble relief Like probably many children with asthma, my respiratory health was potmarked with lung infections and memorable occasions on the salbutamol machine in out of hours doctor centres.
Really looking back on it a lot of my life was affected by my asthma, places I would and wouldn't go, it also kept me from feeling comfortable enough to exercise regularly.
For some unknown reason I enjoyed a patch in my life relatively free from asthma when I started university, however this didn't last long and again I was back on the brown and blue inhalers. Should say I also had recurrent and quite violent migraines to boot as well as an (undiagnosed) anxiety disorder and recurrent ear infections - which didn't help at all!
I started taking exercise and began jogging on roads and noticed that that kind of aerobic exercise was making me clear my throat very regularly - as in, every few steps! I noticed that I was a lot phlegm-yer (!) than perhaps most other runners. At that stage I also got a medicines review and was placed almost by sheer chance on to symbicort after an asthma clinic as the doctor had a friend who was a rep for the company that produces it and an asthmatic who had noticed a great improvement despite being largely sedentary and a smoker.
Huge difference noticed - day before was jogging along to a local town (approx 1.5 miles) and day after beginning symbicort could jog there and back (1.5 miles) of course, could have been psychological - producers warn can take a few weeks for people to notice any difference.
However it wasn't too long before I noticed an increased usage and began to get worried it was ""wearing off"". I also did a pre employment test that suggested I had the lung capacity of the 50+ year old norm group!!
I had never really dabbled too much with ""alternative"" medicine, but had been introduced as part of a series of cursory value added lectures in my pharmacy course.
To cut a long story short, after becoming aware of it via my interest in yoga I decided to search through ayurvedic medicines to see what could help. I had a basic grasp of ayurveda theory which I wasn't quite sure how to apply. In the meantime I came across the local ""salt caves"" via press adverts - tried that weekend and was able to compete in a half marathon in the same area as my childhood nemesis holiday home without using the symbicort once.
I then had a look at a reputable UK ayurveda medicine/supplement producer (if I am allowed to name them, its Pukka - if not please edit and remove ) - of course current ridiculous UK health food legislation meant I had a LOT of research to do as they ARE NOT allowed to tell you what each supplement is used for [only in the UK!!]
Another good thing about the producer is that they are organic and have quite obviously blended each product to cope with a series of specific areas. I tried Tulsi [upper respiratory tract] as well as neem, using chywanaprash jam for a herb called Vacha and noticed an improvement; but it wasn't till I tried Trikatu plus daily ginger and liquorice teas that I really noticed a massive improvement, beyond symbicort usage.
Bear in mind I have no formal ayurvedic training, I believe I have done well. I also do regular sinus irrigations using previously boiled water and salt in a neti pot. I believe this regime really keeps my lungs from kicking out the excessive mucus that clogs my lungs both in the upper and lower tracts. I also rely on some ayurvedic remedies that sound a bit whacky! But help on occasions I get breathless. Of course regular exercise - especially aerobic exercise like ashtanga and jogging helps most.
I would not reccomend this to anyone but I have been able thusly to stop regular symbicort / inhaler use. Of course my asthma isn't completely gone but I can finally get to grips with and control my asthma better than I could when relying solely on prescribed medicine and the ""soft soap"" catch all advice. I also don't think doctors were taking my asthma that seriously despite the massive discomfort it caused me, they were only seemingly concerned with booking me in for ""asthma clinics"" for their figures
I also try and follow dietary advice to reduce foods that increase my propensity to overproduce mucus.
Any ayurveda buffs out there, have I got this right? I believe my problem is an excess of Kapha, particularily Kledaka Kapha in the lungs [salt, trikatu]. I'd be Kapha pakruti bodywise and use these medicines to increase dispersal and for their anti-spasmodic properties to relax the bronchioles.
So that's how I did it! I noticed that coming off symbicort has reduced my migraines significantly and noticed when I do take it it constricts my chest. My stamina is also better - don't have to walk as much when doing 10k distance. I'm not ""free"" but feel a good lot better, I reckon its a monitoring job but pleased I can finally give asthma a what for.
55 min 10k time on a flat course too! Happy to take any questions, thanks for reading :_ )