Question : I WOULD like to know more
about asthma management. My
nine-year-old son has had two
asthma attacks in the past six
months. He is sensitive to dust
mites and often sneezes in the
Answer : ASTHMA is a chronic condition characterised by recurrent attacks
of breathlessness and wheezing.
During an asthma attack, the
lining of the bronchial tubes swells,
causing the airways to narrow and
reduce the flow of air into and out
of the lungs.
These episodes may be
triggered by both hereditary and
Certain foods and allergens such
as dust mites, animal danders
and pollen may trigger asthma.
Therefore, it is important to
minimise contact and avoid these
For this reason, wash sheets,
blankets and pillows frequently and
at the same time, keep your pet
out of the house and bedroom. He
can still take part in normal school
activities but do avoid long-term
strenuous physical activities that
may trigger flare-ups.
Your child is encouraged to take
wholesome and well-balanced
meals. Include plenty of fresh
fruits and vegetables that are rich
in vitamin C, vitamin B12, vitamin
B6 and antioxidants as well as
omega-3 fatty acids.
Omega-3 fatty acids have
been shown to improve airway
responsiveness to allergens,
respiratory and lung functions.
The traditional herb adhatoda helps to protect
bronchospasm and promotes
the coughing up of phlegm from
the respiratory tract.
Albizzia has anti-allergy and
anti-microbial properties. The
combination of these herbs with
marshmallow and ribwort aids
in respiratory congestion and
soothe mucous membranes.