If only curing asthma was so easy

My miracle medicine – Fiji Times Online.

According to the World Health Organisation estimates, nearly 300 million people around the world suffer from asthma, with nearly 10 per cent of the global population diagnosed with this lifelong respiratory disease.

There is no known medical cure for asthma, with asthmatics enduring a continuous management regime of steroids, inhalers and nebulisers to help reduce its symptoms.

But an 11-year old Australian boy begs to differ with medical science, and claims that a traditional Fijian remedy for asthma has cured him, with no relapse for the past 12 months since he underwent an incredibly moving and traditional Fijian ritual.

At the age of five, Tanner Blessington from Sydney’s north shore in Australia contracted the respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) at the start of winter and ended up being hospitalised and treated with intravenous fluids and ventolin immediately.

The Blessington family visit Fiji every year for holidays but on one visit they learnt from a Fijian working at one of the resorts that his mother claimed to have the gift to cure asthma.

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What is this miracle medicine?

An ancient herbal remedy wrapped up in chants and prayers.

The remedy consisted of the shavings Nuidamu coconuts tree roots mixed with the coconut water. They continued to extract the oils and water from the root, leaving only the dry bark. Tanner drank the herbal water and and later had to swim out in the sea to throw the dry bundle of bark and tree root into it as if to let go of his asthma.

So metaphoric and poetic. But if this remedy or ritual is the cure for asthma, why hasn’t the medical community embraced it? Coconut tree rot mixed with coconut water would be VERY cost effective. Yet, why don’t they? Because it’s implausible and there is no basis for it to work.

The author of the original post is not a doctor or scientific journalist. He’s a chef and a member of the International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association. He does have the decency to make a footnote in his article that the story should not be taken as medical advice and that traditional herbal remedies should not go against your physician’s advice.

Wonder if people make it to the end to read that part.