WHAT IT IS: Elderflower is, as you might guess, a flower of the elder tree. The flower can be used in tea either fresh or dried.
WHAT IS IN IT: Essential fatty acids; calcium; vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C; phytochemicals.
A 2008 study of 91,462 children from birth to age 17 found that children born in the US had significantly higher odds of asthma, eczema, hay fever, and food allergies. Children born outside the US experienced fewer allergies. Kids born outside the US who immigrated and stayed for 10 years had higher odds of eczema and hay fever, though their odds of asthma and food allergies did not increase.
A recent study showed that house dust from homes with dogs appears to protect against infection with a common respiratory virus that is associated with the development of asthma in children.
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco, recently presented their findings at the 2012 General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
Is there a way to get back to a normal life when you have asthma?
Is it possible to give the inhaler a little rest? Is it likely to get a full night’s sleep without waking from an attack? Can you (or your child) actually get back to playing sports again? The answer is yes—all of these things are possible.Knock Out Asthma Using the Seven "P" Principlesby Stephen Apaliski, MD
Natural medicine has a lot to offer when it comes to managing asthma long term, but don’t ditch your corticosteroid inhaler just yet. During a severe attack, it’s often the only thing that can help you. Natural remedies can reduce the overall severity of asthma, however, and decrease or eventually eliminate your dependence on meds like corticosteroids and bronchodilators.I have asthma and use an inhaler regularly. Are there any long-term effects, and is there anything I can do to use it less?By Rob Ayoup
Parents wishing to swim with their new baby may need to take a deep breath before plunging into the kiddie pool. Studies by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health reveal that babies who participate in infant swimming lessons are more likely to suffer from asthma and other lung-related ailments later in life.By Lindsey Galloway