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    Natural Home Remedies for Asthma Treatment

    What is Asthma?

    Asthma is a disease of the respiratory system in which the airways become inflamed and lined with mucus, making breathing more difficult by constricting the natural flow of air through your airwaves. 

    This can cause frequent coughing, or a wheezing sound when you breathe out. 

    Living with Asthma can often result in the need to carry an inhaler with you at all times, and frequent trips to the doctor resulting in often difficult expenses to bare. In some cases, asthma can lead to potentially life-threatening asthma attacks. 

    What causes Asthma

    Asthma is usually developed during childhood but can also occur at any point during life. 

    It is not clear why people get asthma, where others don’t. But environmental and genetic factors play a role in the development of this respiratory illness [source].

    Asthma cases are often the cause of allergies. Exposure to irritants such as smoke, chemicals, mould or dust might trigger asthma symptoms in an individual. Other causes which can trigger asthma include: 

    • Respiratory infections such as a cold
    • Cold air
    • Smoke and other air pollutants
    • Exercise
    • Medication
    • Foods and additives
    • Allergies to grass, weed pollens, mould, dust and animals

    For more information, visit our Asthma content.

    Symptom of Asthma

    People with Asthma experience typical symptoms one would associate with impaired lung function and a tightening of airways including:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Coughing
    • Wheezing
    • Chest pain or tightness

    These symptoms can be made worse depending on the severity of the exposure to the underlying trigger. 

    Typically, symptoms of asthma may last for a few minutes to a few hours, and there maybe weeks where you don’t suffer any symptoms, or you may only have a few triggers such as when exercising or breathing cold air. 

    An Asthma Attack will show more aggressive symptoms including tightness around your neck and back, severe chest pain and severe wheezing. 

    Who’s at Risk of Asthma

    There are several factors thought to increases the likelihood of you developing asthma, including

    • Genetics, or having a family member which history of asthma
    • Allergies to pets, dust, smoke
    • Smoking
    • Overweight
    • Exposure to passive smoke, exhausts and other toxic chemicals/fumes
    • Exposure to chemical inhalation 

    Is it possible to cure Asthma 

    Asthma is a controllable illness (https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/can-asthma-be-cured-what/).

    However, modern day science has no cure for asthma. Control treatments are often so effective, many people who do control this illness often suffer from zero to little symptoms. 

    As we bridge modern science with traditional remedies, using the first principles method of understanding what Asthma is (an inflammation and constriction of our air passages which makes breathing difficult), there maybe some natural control measures to treat asthma, using our diet.

    Environmental changes you can make to remedy Asthma triggers

    By avoiding known triggers such as cigarette smoke, fumes, dust, and by ensuring your environment is well ventilated and maybe using de-humidifiers or humidifiers depending on your environment, you may be able to control the day-to-day management of your triggers. 

    Swapping carpet for laminate, wooden or tiled flooring can help manage the level of dust and dampness which may reduce triggers in your environment. 

    But you don’t always control your environment at work or public places. In cases like this, adapting your diet is important.

    Natural food-based remedies for Asthma

    Our modern diet is the cause for a lot of illness in this generation.

    From waking up and eating a high-carb breakfast, spiking your insulin and inhibiting your body from using the natural energy reserves, to then stuffing in sugar and other processed foods – our natural immunity is depleting. 

    As Asthma is an inflammation, there are several methods you can use to reduce inflammation to ease the symptoms and effects of asthma using natural foods.

    Garlic – Garlic is a natural anti-inflammatory which can be useful to relieve asthma symptoms. Anti-inflammatories help to reduce or inhibit airway contraction and reduce airway inflammation. It may help in relax to relax the muscle tissues in the airways, which is constricted during the Asthma attack. 

    Ginger – like Garlic, ginger is also an anti-inflammatory and could have positive improvement of asthma symptoms. 

    Recipe tip:

    • A good way to incorporate ginger into your daily routine would be to have a piece of ginger after dinner and have it with some water. Ideally, boil fresh ginger in water and let it cool down. Drink this beverage at regular intervals to reduce the risk of Asthma
    • Take 1 teaspoon of Pomegranate juice, 1 teaspoon of Honey and 1 tea-spoon of Ginger Juice. Mix these ingredients together and take a spoonful 3 or 4 times daily.

    Turmeric – another natural ingredient with anti inflammatory properties, turmeric has been linked to several natural health benefits and can be supplemented with in a drink or capsules. This powerhouse of a natural ingredient can not only treat asthma, but help eliminate free radicals and host many other benefits.

    Recipe tip:

    • Try mixing a teaspoon of turmeric powder into a cup of alternative milk and drink. 

    Omega-3 fatty acids – are documented in being natural remedies to prevent heart disease as they help decrease inflammation.

    Other natural remedies for Asthma

    Acupressure – acupressure involves stimulating your body’s pressure points which can help re-energise and awaken your internal energy and healing mechanisms.

    Steam Showers – steam opens up your nasal passages and airways which can provide a temporary relief against asthma.

    Mustard Oil – by heating mustard oil with Camphor and massaging it onto your chest, you can get quick natural relief from asthma and help clear your respiratory passage, making it easier to breath. 

    Eucalyptus Oil – this can break up the mucus membrane and help make it easier to breathe. 

    Tip: Take 3 drops of Eucalyptus oil and put it on a towel and keep it on your head while sleeping. Follow this method for a week 

    Meditation & Yoga – stress releases cortisol and can have impact in the proper functioning of your immune system. By adopting a daily meditation and yoga routine, you can help your mind and body relieve stress and in doing so, potentially relieve the inflammation inside which can help with asthma.

    Breathing Exercises – taking deep breaths in a controlled pace is beneficial to improve air passage by opening up your lungs and could help reduce the long term need for asthma medication.

    Summary

    Using natural remedies and natural herbs / spices to alleviate the symptoms of asthma can be an effective way of temporary relief without any side-effects if done properly. 

    Ultimately, the goal is to understand what is triggering your asthma and avoiding those triggers. If you can identify this, and take preventative measures, then combining the above natural steps with a properly managed diet should see you have long term relief and management of asthma. 

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    Please note, individuals with impaired lung functioning or severe / acute asthma should get the advice of a trained medical professional. We do not recommend replacing your asthma medications (if you have any) unless advised to do so and this article is designed to provide you with a holistic approach to your health, not substitute medical advice.

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