Asthma is a persistent condition that causes narrowing of the bronchial tubes, inflammation and produce extra mucus — the airways that allow air to enter and leave the lungs. Asthma symptoms affect an estimated 235 million people worldwide according to 2011 data. There are two types of asthma: allergic, which is caused by exposure to an allergen, and nonallergic, which is caused by illnesses like a cold or the flu, exercise, and stress.
Many people are having no knowledge that they have asthma because their symptoms aren’t severe. if left untreated any asthma symptoms can become dangerous.
The most common signs of asthma are:
Coughing at night
Shortness of breath
Tightness in the chest
Coughing when laughing
Coughing during exercise
Certain drugs and food additives
Colds, the flu or other illnesses
Outdoor allergens such as pollen from grass, trees and weeds
Exercise (Although some people with asthma can benefit from exercise)
Indoor allergens such as pet dander, dust mites and mold
Weather conditions such as cold air, or dry, wet or windy weather
Irritants in the air such as smoke, chemical fumes and strong odors
PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
If you see any of above symptoms or you suffer from asthma, identify your triggers and try to prevent them as this is the best strategy. If your symptoms are unpredictable, severe, or if they occur more than twice a week its better to visit an allergist. Living with asthma can be difficult, but it is entirely possible to live a healthy life despite it.
IF YOU’RE SEARCHING FOR A NATURAL WAY TO TREAT YOUR ASTHMA, GIVE A FEW OF THESE HOME REMEDIES A TRY:
Ginger is used as a natural treatment for many illnesses, including asthma. It helps to reduce inflammation in the airways and relax the muscles.
Mix equal parts ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey and
Consume one tablespoon of this mixture 2-3 times a day.
2. MUSTARD OIL
Mustard oil can help clear the respiratory passages during an asthma attack and allow breathing to normalize.
Heat some mustard oil and camphor.
When it is warm, gently rub it on your chest and upper back and massage.
Use this remedy several times a day until the symptoms subside.
Figs help to relieve cough and excess mucus to promote easier breathing.
Wash 3 dried figs and soak them in a cup of water overnight.
In the morning, eat the soaked figs and drink the fig water on an empty stomach.
Use this remedy for a few months until you notice improvement.
Garlic is a powerful anti-inflammatory that can help clear congestion in the lungs during the early stages of asthma.
Boil 2-3 cloves in one-quarter cup of milk.
Allow it to cool to room temperature and drink.
The caffeine in coffee can help control asthma attacks by acting as a bronchodilator. Hot coffee helps to relax and clear the airway for easier breathing. For those who don’t like the taste of coffee, hot black tea will have similar effects.
6. EUCALYPTUS OIL
Pure eucalyptus oil has decongestant properties that can help break up mucus.
Put 2-3 drops in a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam for soothing effects.
Honey can relieve asthma symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and tightness in the chest.
Mix 1 teaspoon of honey into a glass of hot water and drink it up to three times a day.
Onions work as an anti-inflammatory to help reduce airway restriction that asthma causes. The quercetin in onions helps to dissolve mucus. Eat onions regularly to promote easier breathing.
Lemons are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants that help to reduce asthma symptoms.
Squeeze the juice of half a lemon in a glass of water and drink regularly to reduce asthma attacks.
10. CAROM SEEDS
Carom seeds can be used to treat mild asthma by acting as a bronchodilator. They help to clear congestion and get rid of mucus build up.
Boil 1 teaspoon of carom seeds in water and inhale the steam or drink it.