Cayce Health Database
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory
disorder of the airways. Environmental and other factors provoke
the airway inflammation in people with asthma. This inflammation
is always present to some degree, regardless of the level of asthma
Asthma is a major public health problem in the United
States. The disease affects approximately 13 million people, nearly 5
million of whom are under the age of 18. People with asthma experience
well over 100 million days of restricted activity annually, and the total
annual costs of the disease are estimated at $6.2 billion. Asthma
is the third leading cause of preventable hospitalizations in the United
States. There are about 470,000 hospitalizations and more than 5,000
deaths a year from asthma. (National Institutes of Health Publication
From a medical perspective, the basic cause of asthma
is unknown. Heredity plays some role; asthma often runs in families,
especially in families who have a lot of allergies. Asthmatic attacks
may be triggered by a wide variety of factors including:
- Allergens (pollen, mold, house dust/dust mites, cockroaches, certain
- Viral Infections
- Irritants (strong odors, air pollutants, tobacco smoke, etc.)
- Gastroespohageal Reflux (heartburn, belching, or spitting up)
- Sensitivity to Medications (such as aspirin and sulfites)
- Emotional Anxiety
Standard medical treatment for asthma relies primarily
on medications intended to relax the airways and reduce the inflammation
and production of mucus in the lungs. Steroids are commonly prescribed
for the treatment of asthma.
Some children "outgrow" the disease as they enter
their middle teens. Otherwise, asthma is considered an incurable
illness. The condition of a patient's asthma will change depending
on the environment, patient activities, management practices, and other
factors. Thus, even when patients have their asthma under control,
monitoring and treatment are needed to maintain control.
EDGAR CAYCE'S PERSPECTIVE
Edgar Cayce discussed the causes and treatment of
asthma in over 160 readings. While recognizing the variability of
the illness as it manifests in each individual, several patterns were
noted with regard to etiology (causation) and treatment.
Pressure on spinal nerve centers was a common etiological
factor in the Cayce readings on asthma. In particular, the upper
thoracic (dorsal) and lower cervical nerve plexuses were implicated.
Nerve supply to the respiratory system is derived from these nerve centers.
Impairment to nerve supply can compromise respiratory functioning leading
to increased vulnerability to other factors as described below.
Disturbed circulation was noted as a factor in asthma. Primarily,
increased circulation to the lungs was cited in numerous readings.
This was often linked to pressure on the spinal nerve centers which regulate
blood flow to the lungs.
Poor eliminations were cited as a causative factor
in several readings. Presumably, circulating toxins can irritate
the lungs triggering an asthma attack. Specifically, problems with
the hepatic system were noted in several readings on asthma. Edgar
Cayce's description of the hepatic system includes the liver, heart, and
lungs as organs of the "upper hepatic circulation." According to
the Cayce readings, the lungs represent one of the channels of elimination
by which the liver can eliminate toxins from the system. Thus the
lungs may react to increased toxicity resulting in respiratory illness.
Certain foods were emphasized as causative factors.
Sugar, starches, and pork were mentioned as contributing to asthma.
Generally speaking, acid-producing foods were viewed as problematic.
Glandular dysfunction was sometimes noted in readings
on asthma. The lymphatic system was also occasionally mentioned
in cases of asthma.
Environmental factors such as climate, pollen, and
pollutants were mentioned as causative factors in numerous readings on
asthma. With the increase in environmental pollution, perhaps this
factor is even significant for persons who now suffer from asthma.
Psychological factors such as attitudes and emotions
were mentioned as contributing causes in some cases of asthma. Heredity
was mentioned in one reading on asthma.
From a therapeutic standpoint, Edgar Cayce's treatment
recommendations were varied depending upon the unique needs of each individual.
However, several therapies stand out as important in the treatment of
Osteopathic or chiropractic treatment to relieve pressure
on nerve centers in the upper portion of the back was a common therapeutic
recommendation. Corrective diet was suggested in many readings for
asthma. Restricting sugars and starches, and fried foods while increasing
fruits and vegetables were common recommendations. Various formulas
for inhalants were commonly recommended as antiseptics for the respiratory
system in cases of asthma.
Several medicines were recommended by Edgar Cayce
for persons with asthma. Calcidin (calcium iodate) is particularly
noteworthy. During Edgar Cayce's era, Calcidin was available as
an over-the-counter medicine for the treatment of respiratory problems.
Most often, it was prescribed for relief during asthmatic exacerbations.
Currently, Calcidin is not generally available and must be prescribed
by a doctor.
Improving eliminations to decrease toxicity was recommended
in several cases of asthma. Hydrotherapy (such as colonic irrigation)
can be used for internal cleansing. Mild exercise was recommended
for some individuals with asthma.
Here is a example from the Cayce readings which illustrates
how various causative factors can work together to produce asthma.
Note that a "subluxation" (pressure on a nerve center) disturbed the circulation
through the respiratory system making the individual vulnerable to an
infectious disorder which settled in the system. Thereafter, stressors
(such as heat or digestive problems) could trigger asthmatic attacks.
Also note the diverse therapeutic interventions to address the various
aspects of the condition.
As to the NERVE SYSTEM, here we find what may be
termed the cause or the seat of the disorder. In times back - seventeen,
sixteen, seventeen (this winter) - there was a distress that was brought
on by a germ, or "flu", or deep cold, that with a subluxation already
existent which made a tendency in the direction produced a slowing of
the circulation through the bronchi and through the larynx. This,
then, through the slowed circulation, tended to make for a plethora there,
when there were almost those reactions of a form of pneumonia, or inflammation
of the lung itself; but the high temperature, the slow blood supply, formed
a lesion or a clot, or a thickening of the tissue in the bronchi itself.
Hence we have with excess of heat, or with a pressure from even disagreeing
properties for digestion, or that requiring the circulation to be drawn
to other portions of the body, that which produces spasmodic asthmatic
conditions in the bronchi itself. This makes for a filling of the
tubes and a shortening of the breath, and slowing still farther the circulation
through the lungs in the lower portions (and upper portion on the right
side), and - causing the distresses and the deep circulation in attempting
to fill - makes for a breath that makes for panting, requiring that something
will allow the passages for the air into the lungs to be excited to such
an extent as to reduce this plethora or fullness that is caused there.
When there is an asthmatic spasmodic reaction, we
will find that the inhalation of properties combined in this manner would
be MOST beneficial:
To 4 ounces of pure grain alcohol, add - in this
order and quantity:
Eucalyptol, Oil of.............20 minims,
Rectified Creosote..............3 minims,
Tincture of Benzoin..........15 minims,
Rectified Oil of Turp.........10 minims,
Tincture of Tolu in solution...20 minims.
Keep this in a container at least twice the size
of the quantity, or a 6 to 8 ounce container with a glass cork, you see.
Inhale the fumes, when this solution is shaken together, deep into the
lungs and bronchi 2, 3, 4 times each day. Of course, this - as any
condition - might be overdone, but take 3 to 4 deep inhalations whenever
it is necessary - 3 to 4 times a day.
We would also take at such periods a grain Calcidin tablet, which will
alleviate the lung activity and make for better conditions in the system.
Also at times, not always - but when the condition
especially is bad in the evenings, or when there is damp weather, or when
there is the tendency or the approach of storms or the like - we would
use the pure APPLE brandy; not Apple Jack nor cider, but BRANDY - apple
brandy. A small quantity of it. Or, to 4 to 6 ounces of same
add 1/2 ounce of Rock Candy. Shake this together until it is dissolved.
Do not take at a dose more than a teaspoonful, or a good swallow - which
would be 2 teaspoonsful. Never more than that much, and let it go
down VERY slowly, see?
Now, as to the CORRECTIVE measures that will alleviate
There should be about ten or twelve chiropractic
adjustments made in the cerebrospinal system, especially in the 3rd and
4th dorsal center; and make the adjustment from the RIGHT side.
Necessary, of course, that a little massage be given through the cervical
area at such an adjustment.
After these treatments; that is, several months
afterwards, or until the condition begins to improve; we would use the
electrically driven vibrator, using the cup applicator directly on the
body over the whole of the cerebrospinal system. Then take the ball
or the little hard applicator and apply from the 9th dorsal to the base
of the brain on either side of the cerebrospinal system itself.
Go down on the one side, then go down on the other; but let these come
FROM the head toward the central portion of the body, bearing rather hard
- or making a DEEP vibration, see?
Be mindful with the diet, that there are not those
things that will tend to make for irritation to the respiratory system
or the bronchi itself; that is, never too much of the tuberous nature
of vegetables, and no hog meat - save there may be taken a little crisp
bacon of mornings at times, but NO hog meat! If meat at all is to
be taken, it would be principally fish, fowl, mutton or the like.
Never fried meats. If beef is to be taken, let it rather be in the
form of the juices of same - that is, with stews and the like, see?
More of the leafy vegetables, and not too much of those that are of the
too great quantity of starch; though corn may be taken in moderation,
especially the roasting ears if they are BOILED - not fried, but boiled!
Then the corn may be cut off the cob and prepared in that manner for the
body, or it may be eaten off the cob. But the mastication of the
food for this body should be the greater principle. Chew any mouthful
of food at least fourteen times. Even in drinking water, CHEW it
- or masticate it at least three or four times. That is, sip it
- let the activity of the glands in the mouth mingle well with the water;
not gulping it but sipping it gently.
And this will bring very great relief to the body.
With the end of the chiropractic adjustments given in the area specifically
as outlined, also begin taking Atomidine; never more than three minims
in a glass of water, and sip this water as well as all the other that
is taken. This dosage may be taken twice each day, before the morning
meal and just before retiring. (595-1)
Based on the causes and treatments discussed above,
here are some general therapeutic guidelines for persons suffering from
- SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE: Osteopathic or chiropractic treatment
is recommended to relieve any pressures on nerves that may be affecting
the respiratory system. The upper portion of the spine should
receive special attention. If osteopathic or chiropractic treatment
is not available, the use of an electric vibrator along the spine
may be helpful. Massage may also be helpful in improving circulation
and producing relaxation.
- DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet is intended to improve assimilation
and elimination. The diet focuses heavily on keeping a proper
alkaline/acid balance while avoiding foods which produce toxicity
and drain the system. Essentially, the diet consists mainly
of fruits and vegetables while avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates
("junk food"). Certain food combinations are emphasized.
- INTERNAL CLEANSING: Hydrotherapy includes drinking six to eight
glasses of pure water daily, using castor oil packs, and colonic irrigation
to cleanse the system. Following the diet should also assist
with internal cleansing.
- MEDICINE: Atomidine is a medicinal product containing 1%
iodine trichloride. Small doses of Atomidine may be helpful
in stimulating the glandular system. For symptomatic relief
during exacerbations, Calcidin (calcium iodate) may be helpful.
CAUTION: ATOMIDINE AND CALCIDIN CONTAIN IODINE. THEY SHOULD
ONLY BE TAKEN UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PHYSICIAN.
- ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: The mental and emotional aspects of healing
are frequently discussed the Cayce readings. Particularly, an
attitude of desiring and expecting to be healed is important.
A positive mental and emotional attitude and can be created and maintained
by focusing on a high purpose (ideal) for being healed.
Note: The above information is not intended for self-diagnosis
or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
for assistance in applying the information contained in the Cayce Health