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Posted 01 July 2012 - 08:06 AM
The first, (dated Jan 2009), talks of broccoli, containing something called sulforaphane, apparently conveniently contained in something called BroccoMax. The article then goes on to educate us with ordering info.
The second, (dated May 2012), concerns something called Resprin, apparently a mixture of herbs, which suggests that we could do away with inhalers by using these capsules. (Ordering info is supplied).
I'm reading claims which appear quite fantastic, but the one thing which caught my attention was the suggestion that our traditional inhalers can cause voice loss, which is something which has (and is) happening to me. I find this loss of voice both embarrassing and worrying. I'm also concerned that I'm finding that mucus seems to be forming in my throat rather than in my lungs. So my tertiary query would be, is this loss of vocal ability, plus the production of mucus (apparently) in the throat, a normal experience with the use of (say) Seretide.
Sometimes my voice is quite normal - other times it comes out as a squeak and requires a lot of throat clearing to get to where I feel able to carry on a conversation. Needless to say, if the ambient noise level is high, then I find myself quite unable to shout.
Posted 02 July 2012 - 09:18 AM
Since I have no valid information about Resprin, I am skeptical about it's effectiveness. I do believe that often herbs can be quite helpful for different things.
I know the throat clearing issue can be annoying at times, and maybe someone will have some helpful suggestions for it. I hope I've been of some help.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:28 AM
I use some complimentary medicine techniques myself (Acupuncture, TCM prescribed herbal solutions) but only as adjuncts to my regular prescriptions and only when herbal preparations are okayed with my Doc for contraindications or conflicts with my meds.
For all of the bad press, FDA approved medications are tested and usually effective and are the cornerstone of disease management.
My experience is that herbal or "underground" compounds are mild in effect at best, and may add a degree of improvement for some patients. Switching away from traditional meds is fraught with peril, as is adding herbal compounds to prescription meds w/o an extensive eval of interactions between all meds. The oft stated line of "If it comes from nature it is safe" is simply not true. There are a multitude of toxic compounds found in nature.
My best advice is to discuss any changes with your doc, be skeptical of any claims not FDA evaluated. That said, there are many organic compounds that have been used effectively for hundreds of years. Many have mild effects similar to prescription meds, and therein lies the problem in mixing or replacing prescription meds in disease management. Strength and purity are often variable in production of herbal meds, and interactions can be a serious problem. In my case I have a practitioner of TCM who works with my MD on any supplements I consider. A internet info / sales site is not a substitute.
Regarding your hoarseness; Using a spacer and proper inhalation techniques (available elsewhere on this site) and a mouthwash after treatment(gargle and spit) will reduce most irritation of the throat and vocal cords, and reduce the incidence of thrush if using a steroid inhaler. Coughing or hacking up sputum is quite irritating to the vocal cords without any medicine interactions. A regular lozenge with a small aneth. is helpful
Good luck. I do not want to "Poo-Poo" herbal medicine, but I urge considerable caution in its use. I am on record as being against replacing prescribed medications with herbal substitutes with out physician supervision. It is tough enough finding an individualized therapeutic dose with a known compound strength...adding a variable to that equation is looking for trouble.
Posted 03 July 2012 - 08:32 PM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 11:12 PM
I do agree, though, that alternative medication requires an enquiring mind and considerable research.
I don't know if a spacer exists for my Seretide delivery med. It's basically a circular unit with a lever on the side which opens and primes it. The mouthpiece, as you'd expect, fits nicely between the lips. I can't see a way of improving my inhalation technique, but I'll certainly increase the gargling (perhaps with salt water, d'you think?), and do some research on Thrush, its effects and cure. Once again, you appreciate that I'm out in the boonies with no credible health care facility nearby.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 02:18 AM
Hope that helps.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 08:31 AM
I use the same type of inhaler as you (Advair) - a round discus with no way to use a spacer, and rarely need my rescue inhaler (Proventil) for which a spacer is recommended for better delivery to the lungs.
It is an enjoyable and healthy "fix" and for myself a much needed calorie booster - I eat the low fat variety with 220 calories per 8 oz. serving. Most would go for the less caloric type...but I desperately need those calories!
Hope this helps.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 10:25 AM
I also do yoghurt - in fact I often make my own and I do find some relief from froggy throat, but the effects don't last long. I toss my yoghurt in the blender with banana, which also helps with maintaining my potassium levels - it's great over my home made oven baked granola, (coconut, raisins, oats, cashews, sesame seeds, a dash of salt, some maple syrup and cinnamon and/or allspice. Full recipe available on application). FOC, of course!
To help with those calories, try Uncle Richard's baked potato with a blue cheese, sour cream, mayo and spring onion sauce seasoned with black pepper and a little sea salt, fried chicken fillets marinated in salt, pepper and any spice of your choice, (curry powder works well), and a nice side salad with a home made mayo. I prick the potato, rub with olive oil and sprinkle with some sea salt and bake for about an hour. Mmm...I - had it last night and now want it again.
A couple of glasses of red or white wine makes it perfect.
Posted 06 July 2012 - 09:08 AM
Definitely, after taking any inhaled medicine containing a corticosteroid - alone or in combination - you should brush your teeth and tongue, then rinse and spit.
Richard, the baked potato sounds yummy! For our readers who can tolerate a bit of extra salt and are looking for added calories......what a great meal!
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