Asthma history

The word "asthma" appeared in ancient Greece. Homer, in his IIliad describing respiratory status of Hector which chest had  been pierced the with a spear by Achilles (it apparently was not breathing at all), introduced for the first time the term "asthma". It was in the 19th century BC ...



It is known that being familiar with the history, we can learn and build this future.

The history of bronchial asthma is a fascinating detective story.


Our partners


Today it is the associations of patients who make history
Friendly Association of Respiratory Insufficiency

AAIRN of Normandy,

Association of Respiratory Insufficiency Coast Jade Coast D 'Amour-Country Retz.

Thank you very much for
Marc Sanders,
who gave us the pieces of the exhibition

Expertise Asthmologie

They suffered of asthma:
Ludwig van Beethoven - deaf composer who wrote 9 symphonies
Leonard Bernstein - Jewish-American composer and pianist
Antonio Vivaldi - Italian composer of Four Seasons

... The list is long ...

It teaches us

Dr. Building "- What we're going to treat Mr. Asthmige?"
Mr. Asthmige:
-" Well, bronchi, they respire bad. It is bronchial asthma at last. It is as if something is closed from the inside ..."
-" You are right. The problem is in the bronchi."

We are

International Association (currently this is France, Russia and Ukraine) of patients who speak different languages ​​- RESPIRLIBRE.

We want to ensure a historical, human, fun approach of asthma for people of different countries.

We found much information, but we have just launched . We need a time and a help.

We are sorry, that for a moment (lack of finances) we haven't  english translated information and we are limited by the page number.

News : Bronchial Thermoplasty:
An Additional Option for Managing Patients with Severe Asthma



In the last World Congress of Asthma-INTERASMA 2014 Mexico City, the 2014 update GINA guideline was launched during a special GINA session. The potential role of Bronchial Thermoplasty (BT) was mentioned as it is included in this last update (Evidence B).

Studies seeking the efficacy and safety of BT have been performed and have shown a significant reduction in severe exacerbations, ER visits, and days missed from work or school during the post-treatment follow-up period (6 to 52 weeks post BT). The safety of the procedure was good and adverse events including airway inflammation, upper respiratory infections, among others, were short in duration and patients responded well to therapy. The benefit of BT persisted for at least 1 year. Moreover, a 5-year period post BT follow-up showed the absence of relevant clinical complications and the maintenance of stable lung function. In addition, BT met TA (Technology Assessment) criterion 1 through 5 for safety, effectiveness, and improvement in health outcomes according to CTAF (California Technology Assessment Forum).

BT is an innovative concept for the treatment of severe asthma that is opening a new avenue in the management of patients with uncontrolled refractory symptoms. BT can offer an excellent alternative as an add-on therapy in severe asthma patients carefully selected. In this context, BT should not be considered as “experimental”. On the contrary, it should be considered an important option for patients suffering this condition and should be covered and paid by the social security system and/or private insurances to facilitate the accessibility to this treatment for this special group of patients.

Asthma was always


In Egyptian papyri we found the description of tools to help in case of violation of breathing (eg, heat the medicine from herbs and inhale the vapors.)

At the very beginning of our era  Arete de Kapados from Greece  was the first who described the lack of breathe , he described it as an unquenchable thirst for air.

To him we owe the isolation of this disease from others, also associated with respiratory failure. 17 centuries later, we read his definition of disease with delighted surprise, "These patients straighten the chest to breathe, they wander down the street, wanting to quench the thirst of the air, which compels them to eagerly open mouth as wide as possible, but with no result ... inflates their wheezing chest, shaking their painful cough, phlegm coming off bad threads of. "

Arete even associated how some types of dyspnea with certain professions: the production of wool, gypsum, blacksmiths, those who fanned the flames in the public baths.

Benefits of aerobic exercise among people with asthma

Researchers have found that doing aerobic exercise can help to manage asthma symptoms and improve the quality of life of those with the condition.

The findings are particularly interesting, since people with asthma often avoid exercise as they are worried about triggering their symptoms.

The study, published in the journal, Thorax, involved 58 people with moderate to severe asthma aged between 20 and 59. Participants were randomly separated into two groups.

The first group was asked to perform a 30-minute yoga breathing exercise twice a week for 12 weeks, while the second group was asked to do this breathing exercise alongside a 35-minute indoor treadmill session twice a week for 12 weeks.

At the beginning and the end of the study, the participants were physically assessed. They also recorded their symptoms, inhaler use and any unscheduled visits to hospital or their doctor in a diary, and filled in a questionnaire about their quality of life. 

The researchers found that the group of participants that completed treadmill sessions as well as breathing exercises had more symptom-free days, better quality of life, were able to take in more oxygen and had greater aerobic power. This was most noticeable among people with more severe symptoms at the start of the study.

The researchers recommend that healthcare professionals prescribe an exercise programme alongside drug

treatment for people with moderate to severe asthma.

Andrezza França-Pinto, Felipe A R Mendes, Regina Maria de Carvalho-Pinto, Rosana Câmara Agondi,