Asthma is a common, chronic disease involving bronchial inflammation. The characteristics of asthma are recurring, and include 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. Asthma can be carried on genetically, and also caused by external factors. External allergens like dust, smoke, drugs, and air pollution contribute highly to the development of asthma. Non-allergic causes are found to be fear, anxiety, stress, extremely processed food, high salt intake, and genetic factors.
An asthmatic can only rely on improving the symptoms of asthma. This includes reducing exposure to irritants and allergens that could trigger an asthma attack. Quite often, these triggers are cigarette smoke, pets, or even aspirin, and so they should be avoided. Pharmaceutical drugs are available for asthmatics depending on the severity and frequency of the symptoms, and also in quick action or long term acting types.
There is no long term cure for asthma: there are only preventions and methods to avoid triggering an asthma attack. Natural asthma treatment is also available, and can really ease up the airway passages when you’re expecting an episode or suffering from one. Ayurvedic treatment for childhood asthma is also available since an individual can develop this disease at a very young age, too.
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 an Indian herb which is known to treat asthma, bronchitis, and excessive mucus secretion. It is a very powerful herb. A teaspoon of vasaka juice along with two teaspoons of honey twice in a day is suggested.
Also known as licorice, yashtimadhu is a woody root and has numerous 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 prove to bring about relief for asthmatics.
Rubbing brown mustard oil on the chest can help ease the severity of an attack. Additionally, consuming a bit of mustard oil with a spoonful of jaggery two times a day helps on the long term basis.
To reduce congestion in the chest, 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 cause the breathing problem to get worse. 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 that you have can help keep your bronchi functioning better, because they form phlegm in excess and can clog up the airway passages.
Therapy for a healthy mind
Looking above and beyond social stigma, 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. Not only does it keep one fit, but it also improves on the digestion and the health of the mind. For asthmatics, exercises like swimming are extremely beneficial. Unless the person with asthma is allergic to chlorine, this exercise is ideal for their condition.
When stepping outdoors, an asthmatic has to be cautious of what their respiratory system is being exposed to. Wearing a scarf over the nose and mouth in cold weather helps because the scarf warms up the air you breathe in. It also filters some amount of dust and pollution, thus reducing the chances of a dust-induced attack.
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Even though asthma cannot be completely cured, one must not be disheartened by it. With natural asthma treatment and Ayurvedic treatment for childhood asthma, there is hope to live with the condition without feeling crippled by it.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Archana Singh
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd