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|Asthma is an ancient Greek word meaning 'panting' or 'short-drawn breath'. It is an allergic condition resulting from the
reaction of the body to one or more allergens, and is the most troublesome of respiratory diseases.
An asthma patient gets frequent attacks of breathlessness, in between which he may even be completely normal.
Patients suffering from asthma appear to be gasping for breath, Actually, they have more difficulty in breathing out than
breathing m, and this is caused by spasms or sudden involuntary muscular contractions of the smaller air passages in the
lungs. The effect is to blow the lungs up because the patient cannot drive the air properly out of the lungs before he has to
take another breath. Most asthmatics have more difficulty at night or early morning.
|Asthma is caused by a variety of factors. It may be due to an allergy caused by weather conditions, food, drugs, perfumes,
and other irritants. Allergies to dust are the must common. Foods which generally cause allergic reactions are wheat, eggs,
milk, chocolates, beans, fish, and sea foods. The disease may also result from psychological factors. According to some
studies, about twenty-five percent of young asthmatics have a deep-seated emotional insecurity and an intense need for
parental love and protection. Heredity also plays an important role.
Modem medical system has not been able to find a cure for this crippling disease. Drugs and vaccines have only limited value
in alleviating the symptoms. Most of these are habit forming and the dose has to be increased from time to time to give the
same amount of relief. The frequent introduction of drugs in the system, while giving only temporary relief, tends to make
asthma chronic and incurable. Allergy, which is the immediate cause of asthma, itself is an indication of lowered resistance and
internal disharmony caused by faulty eating and bad habits. This is the root cause and the real cure lies in a return to nature.
Asthma Home Remedies with Irish Moss
Mix 1 tablespoon each of boneset, Irish moss, coltsfoot, mullein, thyme, rosemary, valerian, and lobelia. Add 1 teaspoon of
the herbal mixture to 1 cup of boiling water. Cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Peppermint or cherry oil may be added
for flavoring if desired. Drink 4 cups daily to obtain relief.
Asthma Home Remedies with Mullein Root
Clean the root of mullein very carefully. Add 1 cup of the chopped root to 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil and simmer until the
liquid is reduced by half Strain well and add 1 cup of honey. Give 2 tablespoons as needed. This is also good to use during
colds, as it helps to remove phlegm.
Asthma Home Remedies with Honey
Honey is one of the most common home remedies for asthma. It is said that if a jug of honey is held under the nose of ail
asthma patient and he inhales the air that comes into contact with it, he starts breathing easier and deeper. The effect lasts for
an hour or so. One to two teaspoon fills of honey provide relief. Honey can also be taken in a cup of milk or water. Honey thins
out accumulated mucus and helps its elimination from the respiratory passages. It also tones up the pulmonary lining and
thereby prevents the production of mucus in future Some authorities recommend one-year old honey for asthma and
Natural Asthma Remedies with Aloe Vera
If you suffer from asthma, boil some of the aloe Vera leaves in a pan of water and inhale the vapors. Put a towel over the
head and pan to get the full effects of the vapors.
Natural Asthma Remedies with Coltsfoot
Add 1 tablespoon each of coltsfoot, mullein, thyme, and lobelia to 2 cups of water. Simmer at least half hour, covered. Strain
and add 2 cups of honey. Take by the tablespoon until relief is obtained. Flavoring, such as oil of peppermint, may be added if
Asthma Home Remedies with Cranberry Juice
Cranberry juice is very good for treating asthma attacks, as it contains an ingredient that dilates the bronchial tubes. Cook
and mash cranberries. Place in a tightly closed glass container and refrigerate. When needed during an attack, add 3
teaspoons of the mashed cranberries to a cup of hot water. Sip while the water is hot.
Asthma Home Remedies with Honeysuckle Tea
Many people drink honeysuckle tea to help with chronic asthma. Put 1 tablespoon of the grated root of honeysuckle in 1 cup of
water. Boil gently for 10 minutes. Strain and sweeten. Drink daily.
Asthma Home Remedies with Horseradish
Add several tablespoons of freshly grated horseradish to 1 cup of milk. Simmer for 10 minutes and strain. Drink as necessary
to obtain relief.
Home Remedies for Asthma with Turmeric
Turmeric is also regarded as an effective remedy for bronchial asthma. The patient should be given a teaspoon of turmeric
powder with a glass of milk two or three times daily. It acts best when taken on an empty stomach.
Asthma Home Remedies with Figs
Among fruits, figs have, proved very valuable in asthma. They give comfort to the patient by draining off the phlegm. Three
or four dry figs should he cleaned thoroughly with warm water and soaked overnight They should be taken first thing in the
morning, along with the water in which they were soaked. This treatment may be continued for about two months.
Asthma Remedies with Lemon
Lemon is another fruit found beneficial in the treatment of asthma. The juice of one lemon, dilated in a glass of water and
taken with meals, will bring good results.
Home Remedies for Asthma with Ginger
A teaspoon of fresh ginger juice, mixed with a cup of fenugreek decoction and honey to taste, acts as an excellent expectorant
m cases of asthma. The decoction of fenugreek can be made by mixing one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cupful of
water. This remedy should be taken once in the morning and once in the evening.
Natural Asthma Home Remedies with Garlic
Garlic is another effective home remedy for asthma. Ten garlic cloves, boiled in 30 ml of milk, make an excellent medicine for
the early stages of asthma. This mixture should be taken once daily by the patient. Steaming ginger tea with two minced garlic
cloves in it, can also help to keep the problem under control, and should be taken in the morning and evening.
Asthma Home Remedies with Copper
One of the preventive measures to stop attacks of asthma is to drink water which has been kept overnight in a copper vessel.
This water, with traces of copper in it, is believed to change one's constitutional tendency to get respiratory problems.
|Aids Breathing for Asthmatics at Bedtime
Take 1 tablespoon of sunflower or corn oil before retiring for the night. Helps you to breathe easier during the night.
Special Asthma Remedies with Onions
Make fresh daily. Cut an onion into very thin slices and place in a bowl. Cover the onion slices with honey and let sit
overnight. The next day; scrape the honey from the onion slices and take 1 teaspoon 3-4 times daily.
Potato Remedy for Asthma
Boil several potatoes. Place in a basin and cover the head and basin with a towel to get the most from the steam.
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