Natural Remedies For Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease that needs to be managed in the long run. While a patient has to depend on medical advice and prescription medicines, there are important precautions that can be extremely helpful. In addition, there are some harmless natural remedies that strengthen the body and facilitate its ability to keep asthma at bay, and are hence, worth giving a try.
Natural Remedies for Asthma
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Asthma is a condition that cannot be cured, and instead has to be managed with multiple tools that target improving the ability of the body to cope with it, avoiding triggers that precipitate it and helping the body in recovering from its episodes. In addition to prescribed, certain natural remedies and lifestyle modifications can also help in dealing with it.

 

Asthma is a serious disease, which often requires long term medicines for asthma control taken with proper consultations with your physician and her prescriptions. However, like all other ailments, control of asthma can also be improved by using the natural remedies.

Most

natural remedies help by improving body resilience to disease. In case of asthma too, improvement of overall fitness, body immunity, breathing techniques and control of anxiety help in alleviating symptoms as well as lowering the frequency of attacks. There are many remedies that are suggested and can be considered.

1.  Tea – Tea has theobromine and caffeine, both of which have properties that are similar to bronchodilators. Brewing of tea with other herbs to prepare a therapeutic concoction is practiced in many cultures for alleviating cough, flu and other infections. Coffee to has similar properties, but is supposed to be less effective than tea.
2. Ginger – Ginger is said to have properties that improve body immunity and prevent exacerbation of cough and other illnesses of lungs and throat. It can help in asthma by preventing airways infections that precipitate the asthma attack.

3. Ginseng – Ginseng is said to improve overall  feeling of well-being and has many effects mimicking those of steroids. In oriental cultures, it has a strong tradition of being used as medicine, and so far no serious side effects have been documented. Thus it can be an optional remedy even during attack

of asthma.

4. Fruits rich in vitamin C – There is some evidence, and a lot of belief that vitamin C helps improve body immunity, and thereby leads to better health. Eating fruits rich in vitamin C should be a normal practice and not only for asthma. However, for asthmatics, it is important to include these fruits, like lemon, orange, goose-berry and aronia berries in their diet.

5. Proteins in diet – Asthma puts a lot of strain on the body and to take care of it, the nutrition must provide adequate content of protein. This is also important, as often, during an attack, appetite also falls and the diet is affected. It must be remembered that nutrition must not be compromised.

6. Breathing techniques – The distress in asthma arises from inability to breath properly. Yoga exercises for controlled breathing called ‘Pranayam’ help both by keeping airways clean and healthy and also help the person breath even during attacks. It can help by reducing the need for medicines.

These are some of the natural remedies one can try in Asthma control and management. Their effects and benefits are not very well documented till now, neither is there any way of standardizing them. Hence, one must not rely on them as sole treatment, especially in acute attack. However, they can be considered as additional remedies which may reduce the reliance on medicines, or sometimes even help to control asthma without medicines.
 



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