toms, and psychological well-being after six months.

In another study, patients were taught

breathing exercises known as the Buteyko Breathing Method named after the Russian physician who developed the technique. Buteyko breathing exercises increased asthma control 40 percent to 79 percent and significantly reduced the use of corti- costeroid inhalers compared with a control group.

In addition, yoga breathing exercises

are therapeutic for asthma sufferers. In a study of 60 patients, half were randomized to receive yoga breathing instructions. After two months the yoga group showed a statistically significant improvement in lung function as well as improved quality of life.

In another study of 17 university stu- dents half the subjects were taught a set of yogic breathing exercises, physical pos- tures, and meditation three times per week. After 16 weeks, data showed that the yoga significantly improved relaxation, led to a more positive attitude, and re- duced use of inhalers. The researchers concluded that yoga techniques seem beneficial as an adjunct to the medical management of asthma.

2. Turmeric Studies show that one of the active components in the spice turmeric, cur- cumin, inhibits the allergic response. Other research suggests that curcumin works by preventing or modulating inflam- mation and oxidative stress in the airways. [iii]

In one study 77 patients with mild to

moderate bronchial asthma were ran- domly assigned to two groups. One group received standard asthma treatment while the other group received the standard therapy plus 500 mg per day of curcumin. After 30 days researchers concluded that curcumin significantly helped improve airway obstruction and suggested that curcumin is effective and safe as an add-on therapy for the treatment of bronchial asthma.

3. Magnesium Researchers from Brown University

School of Medicine tested intravenous magnesium on pediatric patients with moderate to severe asthma. Thirty patients were randomly assigned to receive either 40 mg/kg of magnesium sulfate or a saline

Gina Davis, FNP-C Gina Davis is a Board-Certified

solution. Just twenty minutes later the magnesium group showed remarkable improvement in short-term lung function. Taking magnesium orally is also effec-

tive for asthma control. In a study pub- lished in the Journal of Asthma, 55 patients were randomly assigned to take 340 mg (170 mg twice a day) of magnesium or a placebo. After 6.5 months the magnesium group had better bronchial reactivity, and better subjective measures of asthma con- trol and quality of life. In another study from Brazil 37 pa- tients all received inhaled fluticasone (brand name Flonase) twice a day and the asthma drug salbutamol as needed. Half the group also took 300 mg per day of magnesium. After two months bronchial reactivity improved significantly in the magnesium group only. The magnesium group also had fewer instances of worsen- ing asthma and used less salbutamol compared to the placebo group.

4. Vitamin D Asthma has been linked to lower

levels of vitamin D. In a study of 483 asth- matics under 15 years of age and 483 matched controls, researchers found that vitamin D deficiency was more prevalent in asthmatics.

A review of vitamin D studies found

vitamin D and its deficiency have a num- ber of effects in the body which could affect the development and severity of asthma. Researchers concluded that vita- min D may improve lung function and response to steroids, and reduce airway

remodeling. And in a double blind, randomized,

comparative study, 140 patients received standard treatment for asthma while half also received 1000 mg per day of vitamin D3. After six months researchers found that the vitamin D3 significantly improved the quality of life for severe asthmatics.

5. Diet

Many people find their asthma symp- toms disappear on a dairy elimination diet. A meta-analysis of data from more

than 30 studies in the journal Nutrition Reviews found high intake of fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of asthma and wheezing in adults and children. Researchers concluded that eating more fruit and vegetables could reduce the risk of asthma in adults and children by 46 percent. Another study found tomatoes par-

ticularly powerful. Researchers in Australia had asthmatic adults eat a low antioxidant diet for 10 days. Measures of asthma sever- ity worsened. Then for seven days the patients were randomized to receive either a placebo, tomato extract (45 mg lyco- pene/day), or tomato juice (45 mg lyco- pene/day). Patients receiving tomato ex- tract or tomato juice reduced their signs of asthma. The researchers suggested that lycopene-rich supplements should be further investigated as an asthma therapy. And research from Johns Hopkins

University found that sulforaphane, or foods rich in sulforaphane like broccoli, may be adjuvant treatments for asthma. Gina Davis, FNP-C

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