About the Illness

Asthma attacks are most commonly triggered by allergies to things in the atmosphere and are generally worse during certain months of the year  (during the cold months of June, July and August and the hot, dusty months of December, January and February) or during times of high humidity.

Common Symptoms

During an attack a patient will experience spasms of the lung muscles with symptoms that include coughing, wheezing, tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing and shortness of breath, restlessness or insomnia.

Children's Issues

Asthma often begins in childhood and may be a problem for life.
It is not contagious, but is more common in children with relatives who suffer from it as it is hereditary.

Important Information

The first time you experience an asthma attack, seek medical attention.
Asthma is a chronic condition and can be quite serious if not treated properly.
A suffocating feeling that makes it difficult to talk, flaring nostrils, the skin between the ribs appearing sucked in and lips or skin under the nails looking greyish or bluish are all signs of extreme oxygen deprivation. In any of these cases get immediate emergency treatment.

Herbal Therapy

Warburgia ugandensis Bark Solution Dissolve a pinch of bark in 1/4 glass warm water. Take 2x daily before meals for 2 weeks. You may vomit mucus when you take it.

  • This means preparing a powder from a part of the plant which is then dissolved in water.

Good for:Adults Only
Bean Ash Solution Dissolve 1 tbsp bean ash in 1 glass water and drink 3x daily for 2 weeks. (All children - dissolve 1 tsp bean ash in 1 glass water.)     

The ash of different plants is used for many different medical applications.
Follow these instructions for preparing each kind of ash:
  • Banana Ash - Dry banana skin then put it in a clean, dry saucepan and place this over the heat. Leave it in the saucepan until it burns to ash.
  • Maize Cob Ash - Place the maize cob in the fire and allow it to catch alight. Take it out while still aflame and leave it to burn on a clean metal surface (or in a saucepan). Once it has burned, crush it to ash.
  • Bean Ash - Use the dried remains of any part of the bean plant (the pods or husks are particularly good for this). Put the dried remains in a clean,    dry saucepan and place it over the heat until the contents burn to ash.  As these burn, add more of the dried bean plant until these too burn to ash.

Good for:Kids
Sonchus schweinfurthii Tea Boil the whole plant in a saucepan of water.  Drink 1 glass 2x daily for 2 months. (10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 2x daily; 2-6 yrs: 2 tbsp 2x daily; up to 2 yrs: do not use.) 

This is a good method for extracting substances from thick leaves, roots or bark.  
  • Boil 1 handful of plant material together with 1 ltr of water for about 20 minutes.  
  • Try to use a clay pot or stainless steel saucepan. Do NOT use aluminium saucepans as they can react adversely with the medicine.
  • Prepare a fresh decoction every day.  
  • If you need to sweeten the decoction, use honey instead of sugar because honey has more medicinal value than sugar.

Good for:Kids
Zanthoxylum macrophylla Bark Solution Crush bark and dissolve 1/2 tsp in 1 glass water and drink 1 glass 2x daily for 2 months. (10-16 yrs: 1 glass 2x daily; 6-10 yrs: 1/4 glass 2 x daily; up to 6 yrs: 1 tsp 2x daily).

  • This means preparing a powder from a part of the plant which is then dissolved in water.

Good for:All

Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Eat plenty of garlic and onion - these contain an enzyme that helps release anti-inflammatory chemicals in the body.
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • Avoid mucus forming foods such as dairy products, meat and eggs.

Body Work and General Advice

  • Stay in sitting position during an attack. Do not lie down.
  • Drink warm rather than cold water.
  • If treatment doesn't work then consider moving or changing your environment.

To help prevent attacks from starting, try to:
  • NOT smoke cigarettes.
  • Avoid sources of allergy like dust, smoke, pollution, pollen, dusty blankets, feathers, pets and household chemicals (soaps, wash powders and perfumes).
  • Keep bedding clean.
  • Use non-chemical soaps e.g. Sunlight, Ushindi, Gun Soap, clinically proven baby soap or neem soap.
  • Use non-chemical washing powder Sunlight, Toss, Gental or bar soap
  • Take exercise when not having an attack to help build up your lung tissue.