Top 10 Natural Home Remedies for Asthma
Asthma causes difficulty in breathing. It is triggered when there is an obstruction in the flow of air in the lungs. It is caused by allergies, air pollution, respiratory infections, weather conditions, food and specific medications.
Home Remedies For Asthma :
While there are many medical treatments for asthma, here are some natural remedies for asthma that can provide some relief:
Mustard oil mixed with camphor is a potent combination for asthma treatment. Massage the mixture all over the chest, till you get relief from the asthma. Warming the oil before massaging it ensures you feel the warmth which provides quick relief.
One handy measure to keep asthma at bay is through eucalyptus oil. Drip a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil in a bowl of boiling water and take its steam. This helps in opening up any nasal blockages to facilitate easy breathing.
When it comes to an effective home remedy against asthma, figs is up there among the best. Soak dried figs overnight in water. Eat them first thing in the morning. Drink the residual water.
Often instant noodles contain monosodium glutamate (MSG) as also tertiary-butyl hydroquinone (TBHQ) – a chemical preservative derived from the petroleum industry for their taste enhancing and preserving properties. Although, intake of these ingredients is allowed upto a limit, regular intake can lead to health problems.
Given the multiple benefits for your heath and body, it is hardly surprising that ginger is considered a super food. It is also very effective against asthma. Prepare a potion with equal quantities of ginger, honey and pomegranate – consume it 2-3 times a day.
Caffeine in coffee helps in asthma treatment. It clears the nasal passage allowing you to breathe easily. If you do not prefer coffee go for black tea. But, limit intake to 3 cups a day.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Omega-3 fatty acids are very useful in managing inflammatory conditions. It is helpful to treat just about every condition including heart disease, depression, seasonal affective disorder, in addition to asthma.
Evening primrose oil
The oil contains a fatty acid (GLA), which can have a positive anti-inflammatory effect. In some cultures, it forms part of traditional treatment for asthma.
Belly breathing technique
This technique maximizes air distribution in your lungs. You can lie down or sit up. Concentrate on your breathing. Preferably breathe slowly through your nose. When you inhale your abdomen should go out as opposed to your chest. Exhale slowly with your abdomen pushing inward. Ideally exhalation should be twice as long as inhalation
Butyeko breathing exercise
This technique aims at consciously reducing either breathing rate or breathing volume. The method involves sitting upright with relaxed chest and belly muscles while breathing. Focus, close your eyes and look up. Breathe through your nose gently with closed mouth. Breathe slow and shallow. Exhale slowly until it seems there is no air left in the lungs. Hold breath as long as possible and then revert to gentle breathing.
Pursed lip breathing technique
This technique is helpful during an asthma attack. Since during an attack air is trapped in your lungs, this helps get more air out and make breathing easier. This involves inhaling slowly through the nose and then exhaling through pursed lips, or exhaling slowly as if whistling.