What is Asthma?
Asthma is a respiratory condition that consists of wheezing, inflammation and constriction of the lungs.
The condition is often responsive when the person is exposed to cold air, allergies, illness and exercise.
Asthma attacks are usually combined with tightness in the chest, coughing, breathlessness, coughing and wheezing.
In order to treat asthma, you should find out what are the triggers that cause the attacks or inflammation in the lungs and removing these triggers from your lives.
Such triggers could be dust mites and dust within the home.
In some severe cases it may even be essential to even remove carpets from your house to get rid of the dust mites. Another common treatment is the use of inhalers.
Because asthma is a long term inflammatory disease it can be triggered by the individuals own immune system, for example allergies and not being able to cope with the toxins from the environment.
Most people want to reduce the amount of medication they take on a daily basis for asthma and will turn to natural remedies to try and help.
Removing the triggers is the start of a natural remedy for those individuals with asthma.
Asthma sufferers are on the increase and slowly rising over the past 20 years.
Environmental pollution and exposure to a greater variety of chemicals could be the cause of this increase according to The American Lung Association.
A lot of people that use natural ways to reduce the inflammatory response in their lungs believe that they will also reduce their asthmatic symptoms this way.
Arachidonic acid is an acid that is present in certain foods such as eggs, meat and shellfish and this is known to be one of the main causes of inflammation in our diets.
A study by German individuals showed that out of 524 children, asthma was more prevalent than those children that had high levels of arachidonic acid.
Another option to try and help is to increase beneficial fats like EPA and GLA which are found in omega-3 fatty acid supplements. These can be purchased in health food stores. (1)
Although it’s hard to believe, we are what we eat. A study of 68,000 women showed that those that ate a lot more green leafy vegetables, carrots and tomatoes had a lower occurrence of asthma.
It is also shown in research that if you eat a lot of apples this can help protect against asthma and kids that eat fruit and vegetables every day also have a reduced risk of asthma. (2,3)
Butterbur, which is a perennial shrub that grows in Asia, Europe and North America, has been shown by researchers from the University of Dundee, Scotland to have added to the anti-inflammatory effects of asthma for those who are using inhalers and have allergic asthma.
Another study that took place over 4 months using 80 individuals found that 40% of the individuals were able to reduce their medications by the time the study ended. (4)
There are however a few side effects of butterbur and these include fatigue, nausea, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion and headaches.
It is not advisable for people with liver & kidney disease, pregnant or nursing women and children to use butterbur.
It is important to look into all side effects and health warnings before using anything on your body, even natural remedies.
If you are feeling stressed this will not help your asthma. Although stress does not cause asthma, stress can trigger an attack and also help to make an asthma attack worse.
Natural ways to control feelings of stress are deep abdominal breathing and progressive muscle relaxation.
Also guided imagery and biofeedback can help people learn how to reduce their stress response which in turn will decrease the asthma symptoms.
Improving your diet and intake of antioxidant foods like tomatoes helps your body fight against free radicals and will therefore reduce the inflammatory response in the lungs.
There is a major link between asthma and allergies and irritants and quite often these are linked to the free radicals that are in the environment and these can be refuted in the body by eating more antioxidant foods!
Weight loss is another natural remedy that has been found to work for people that suffer from asthma. A lot of studies have linked obesity to the indicators of asthma and inflammation.
“Making simple changes to your diet and learning new breathing techniques all help as natural remedies to reduce your symptoms.”
It is not always about drinking teas and eating certain herbs, improving your rest and reducing your stress levels can all help along with using your home remedies for asthma.
(1) Natural Cures for Common Conditions: page 17
(2) Thorax: Fruit and Vegetable Intakes and Asthma in the E3N study
(3) American College of Chest Physicians: Can an Apple a Day Keep Asthma Away?
(4) Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology: Effects of Butterbur Treatment in Intermittent Allergic Rhinitis
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