Asthma is a common, chronic disease involving bronchial inflammation. Asthma as a condition displays the symptoms of excessive air sensitivity, sudden contraction of the air passages – also known as episodes – that cause wheezing, coughing, increased pressure on the lungs, fast heart rate, tightness in the chest, and increased mucus production. It can be a genetic disease, passed on from parents or other predecessors, as well as be induced by external factors regarding the individual. Allergens like dust, smoke, drugs, and air pollution have proven to develop and even further degrade asthma. Non-allergic causes are found to be fear, anxiety, stress, extremely processed food, high salt intake, apart from receiving it genetically. While asthma cannot be cured completely, the patient can, however, work towards improving the symptoms of this disease.
To avoid intense and crippling asthma attacks, there are some environmental and habitual factors that can be controlled. A decreased exposure to irritants and allergens that could trigger an asthma attack will keep the attack at bay. Triggers would include cigarette smoke, pets, and even aspirin. There are pharmaceutical options for various severities and frequencies of these asthma symptoms, which can be prescribed by the doctor.
There are natural asthma treatments available for the asthmatic but it’s important to note that these treatments do not cure asthma, and should be taken along with the doctor’s prescribed asthma medication. Natural asthma treatments help loosen up the airway passages in case you’re expecting an asthma attack or going through one, and provide relief in general to the patient.
Brew some herbal tea using ajwain, tulsi, pepper, and ginger. This tea makes for a natural expectorant and can really help out an asthmatic.
Vasaka is a powerful Indian herb which is known to treat asthma, bronchitis, and excessive mucus secretion. A teaspoon of vasaka juice along with two teaspoons of honey twice in a day is suggested.
Yashtimadhu, also known as licorice, is a woody root and has many health benefits. It cleanses your vocal cords, heals damaged hair, and relieves the symptoms of bronchitis and asthma. A cup of yashtimadhu tea about thrice a day will bring about relief for asthmatics.
Instant relief remedies
Consume a mixture of pepper, honey, and a dash of onion juice. In case of an acute asthma attack, it is advisable to drink hot water mixed with the juice of a clove of garlic. Keeping this mixture for future requirements is better so that you’re not worried about preparing it while having an attack. Placing a hot water towel on the chest relaxes the chest muscles and can help restore regular breathing.
For someone with asthma, poor digestion can lead to further complications. Excess toxins are built up and impurities are trapped within the lungs, which can worsen the breathing problems. Natural asthma treatment must also be supported by monitoring what you eat daily. Drinking plenty of water throughout your day ensures that mucus secretions are thin and loose so that they don’t clog the airway passages. Avoid spicy, pungent foods, and minimize your consumption of ciders, wine, and beer, as these can provoke asthma attacks. In addition, reducing the amount of meat, eggs, fish, dairy products, and lentils helps because they form phlegm in excess and can clog up the airway passages.
Therapy is very beneficial for those who have to deal with anxiety and stress on a regular basis. If the asthmatic opts for physical and mental stress reduction therapies, they are bound to see positive results. Lesser pressure on the mind and more methods to relieve the anxiety can do wonders for anyone’s overall health. Since asthma attacks can often be triggered by fear and stress, finding relaxation at therapy can help the asthmatic avoid episodes.
Activities and precautions
Exercising has multiple benefits, as we all are aware. For asthmatics, swimming is extremely beneficial. Unless the person with asthma is allergic to chlorine, this exercise is ideal for their condition.
Even though having asthma is a troublesome disease, these natural asthma treatments are a blessing for those who are open to Ayurveda and accept its benefits to their health. Employing natural means of achieving relief reduces the chances of developing immunity to medication as well as suffering from side effects, which can only make the condition worse.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Deepali Shastri
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd