Natural Remedies for Asthma
Almost 235 million people currently suffer from asthma - says a 2011 review by the World Health Organization. Asthma is a chronic condition that inflames and narrows the airways that go to your lungs, causing tightness and mucus buildup in the bronchial tubes.
The function of the bronchioles is to carry air within the lungs. But when these tubes get inflamed, the airways get constricted making your breathing difficult. Not only that, there could be tightening and pain in the chest. The triggering factor of asthma is usually an allergy or an irritant.
Asthma could be allergic or non-allergic, based on what is causing it. As a matter of fact, 6 out of 10 people have allergic asthma, which is triggered by allergens such as dust, pollen, animals, smoking or air pollution. The triggers of a non-allergic asthma could be anything from an exercise activity, stress /intense emotional reaction, respiratory infection to a medication. Whichever may be the reason, the symptoms are pretty much the same.
Symptoms of Asthma
- 1. Continuous coughing (more at night)
- 2. Shortness of birth
- 3. Wheezing – breathing with a whistling sound
- 4. Tightening/pain in the chest
- 5. Rapid breathing
- 6. Trouble sleeping
- 7. Fatigue
Natural remedies for Asthma
If you have asthma, be sure to approach every new remedy with caution, because there is a possibility for an item to trigger off a new allergy. Also be sure to follow these suggestions in addition to proper treatment and medication.
- 1. Pranayama is a deep breathing exercise that helps to strengthen the bronchial muscles and maximize your lung capacity. Consult a meditation/Yoga teacher to learn this.
- 2. Jean Rose, Chairperson for national Association for Holistic Aromatherapy and author of Aromatherapy: Application and Inhalation, is asthmatic and created this to treat her own asthma.
- Mix 4 parts of Eucalyptus oil, 2 parts of lavender oil , 2 parts of Myrrh oil and 3 parts of RomanChamomile oil. Mix the above and store it in a bottle; use it in a diffuser to inhale the aroma. (Stay away from the diffuser once it is switched off.)
- Another way to use is as a chest rub. Mix 10 drops of each essential oil mentioned above and blend it with 1/8 oz. of olive oil, and use it as a chest rub at bed time.
- 3. Dr. Michael Murray, a naturopathic suggests in his book The Complete Book of Juicing,
blending 2 oz. of each – onion, carrot and parsley juices, and drinking it twice every day. It is supposed to relax the bronchial muscles and give relief to asthma.
- 4. Eve Campanelli PhD, a Holistic family practitioner suggests an emergency relief formula for asthma that is sold in brand names such as Calming essence, Rescue Remedy and Five Flower formula.
Asthma is a chronic condition and you have to find ways to manage it. Maintain a journal to record the severity of each attack, this way you could review your progress or seek specialized medical help if you think you are not progressing.