Acupuncture for the Treatment of Asthma

By Craig Amrine

Drugs: The Dangerous Solution

The common protocol for asthma is through medication. These medications can be delivered either through an inhaler or in a pill form and include corticosteroids, beta2- agonists, and leukotriene modifiers. Standard treatment is a two-step process. First, you’ll need to take a long-term drug that reduces inflammation and makes the bronchi less sensitive to airborne triggers. Secondly, you’ll have to take quick-relief drugs for acute attacks in the form of fast-acting inhalers. These will be bronchodilators or short acting beta-agonists.

Like all Western drugs, asthma medications include a list of health-risks and side effects. How serious are they? It depends largely who you ask. Doctors and asthma clinics whose treatment protocol involves drugs will emphasize that as long you follow the directions, health-risks are minimal and the benefits far outweigh the side-effects.

A very complete list of side-effects for these drugs can be found at www.rxlist.com. One of the most alarming effects of the beta2-agonists is, ironically, an increased number of asthma-related deaths! This side-effect is common enough that the FDA has required that these drugs include a “BLACK-BOX WARNING”. This label is the most serious warning that drug companies can carry.

The other commonly listed side-effects of asthma medication include: Upper respiratory fungal infections (Thrush), headaches, dizziness, anxiety/nervousness, sinusitis, loss of appetite, liver dysfunction, skin rashes, and hypertension.

Prolonged use of the cortisone-based anti-inflammatory drugs include a host of systemic effects including impaired immune response and would healing, adrenal suppression, truncal obesity, sleep and emotional disorders, nausea, osteoporosis, acne, gastrointestinal disorders, and growth suppression in children.

So the question is, would you use these drugs if you had an alternative? More importantly, would you feed these drugs to your children?