This is a disease of the lungs characterized by attacks of respiratory distress, shortness of breath, coughing and wheezing. The signs of asthma are due to a constriction of the bronchi, the tubes that transfer the air from the trachea to the inside of the lungs.
Chronic asthma is primarily due to allergic reactions to pollens and other airborne particles. It may also be due to the inhalation of irritating substances such as perfumes, household cleansers, air fresheners et cetera. Asthma is more common in cats and horses than in dogs.
Conventional therapy for asthma involves the use of steroids to suppress the immune reaction and bronchodilators to reduce the construction of the bronchi.
Holistic treatment of asthma includes constitutional homeopathic treatment to regulate the immune hyper reaction that is at the root of asthma. Acupuncture may be used to help reduce the intensity of attacks.