The belief that you can cure or get rid of asthma is, unfortunately for sufferers, a fallacy with no basis in truth. There are some other inaccurate beliefs surrounding the condition too – for example the belief that you can ‘outgrow’ asthma is incorrect and while 50% (roughly) of young children with asthma will find their symptoms deteriorate and become ‘inactive’ in their teenage years, the condition will not completely disappear and can reoccur in adulthood at anytime. Another fallacy held by a few individuals is that asthma is a psychosomatic disease or ‘all in the head’. This belief is fairly destructive as it encourages attempts to ignore the symptoms which can of course be fatal if it leads you to inadvertently trigger an attack or to fail to deal with an attack once it occurs.
So if you have asthma then you are stuck with it for life. However there are many ways you can control the condition and a lot of things you can do to make sure it is not as bad as it could be and that it can be managed.
For those with more serious cases of asthma the treatments are of course inhalers which should be taken regularly, and in other cases during context specific attacks. These are called ‘preventer’ and ‘reliever’ inhalers respectively and include steroids to prevent or bronchodilator drugs as relievers which relaxes the muscles in the airways. They are inhaled so that they reach the airways directly, which also means a smaller dosage should be used to.
So inhalers can act as a ‘cure’ of sorts by permanently controlling the situation and if you have only mild asthma then a preventer inhaler might be enough for a while. Furthermore by using a reliever you can ‘cure’ your instances of an asthma attack. This is called an asthma management plan, and will be provided to you by your doctor.
Another way to help manage your asthma is to move locations. Simply moving to another location can sometimes be enough to help lessen the symptoms too, especially if you move somewhere warm that has fresh unpolluted air (and no allergens) and that does not have lots of smokers, traffic or steep hills to climb. This way you can will have far few triggers for the condition and will suffer less as a result. Again, not a cure, but something that will make a significant difference.
Other ways to lessen the impacts of asthma are to learn relaxation methods and breathing techniques that can help you regain control of your breathing and relax the muscles in your neck more (just as the reliever inhaler would do). Exercise is also a good way to improve your bodies ability to use the oxygen in the air and to pump it around your body (your ‘VO2’ max) and so can make you less susceptible to attack. Swimming is a particularly effective (or ‘optimal’) exercise for asthma sufferers.
So with dedication and hard work you can manage and lessen cases of asthma. However do not be taken in by promises of ‘cures’, naturalistic or otherwise. This is something that unfortunately you are stuck with for life or at least until they manage to discover a new technique or medication. Do not waste your money, but do look into good ways to improve your management of what can be a dangerous and damaging condition.