Everyone knows about asthma. Maybe, a couple of us suffer from it or if not you probably know someone who has asthma. In America there are approximately 26 million people suffering from asthma an information published by The American College of Asthma, Immunology and Allergy. Both children and adults suffer from it, it’s not just children as many people think. Plus, it can be both chronic and acute.
The asthma closes and affects the respiratory system. The bronchial tubes are tighten and inflamed, those are the main characteristics of asthma. If your lungs don’t have air as they should have, then asthma attack occurs. Until today no one knows what are the real reasons for appearance of asthma, even though there are some factors that actually raise the chances for someone to start having asthma. Those are: allergy, obesity, heredity and smoking. Furthermore, there are air pollution, cold air, humidity, some types of medications, stress, exhaustion, infections, food preservatives, experiencing too much feelings and emotions and physical activity.
The clear symptoms of asthma are the following: heavy breathing, having difficulty to exhale and inhale air, having problems while coughing, when you feel the chest tighter and when you are short of breath. As we said above, the asthma is either acute or chronic and it varies from not so serious to extremely dangerous, being even critical for your life.
These symptoms are possible to be taken care of according to the changes you make in your life, for example, starting to exercise and to keep a diet. However, there are some natural remedies that may help you to avoid and to fight against asthma attacks. The following are some of the many plants used in medicinal purposes that may help you when treating asthma.
These are the top 10 very helpful plants used for treatments of asthma:
Oregano has a lot of anti-inflammatory characteristics which makes it very helpful in treating asthma. If the bronchial tubes and respiratory tract have infections the oregano is used to give some relief to them. Plus, due to its rich content of carvacrol, terpenes and flavonoids it is very useful in treating asthma, because they are helpful in cleaning the lungs.
Take 3 tsp, of oregano and place it into a glass with hot water. Next, leave it there for some 5 to 15 minutes and than strain it. If the taste is very strong for you, then you can put some honey in it, if you want to soften the taste. If you are having attacks you will consume this drink 3 times during the day. Furthermore, the oregano can help you to stop and control the cough if you use the oregano as a juice. You will make the juice by squeezing 1tbsp from the extract of fresh leaves of oregano and also you will consume it 3 times during the day.
Ginger is similar to oregano, due to its anti- inflammatory characteristics, that lower the inflammation of the airway and also give passage to make the breathing easier. At the American Thoraic Society International Conference in 2013 it was expressed that this herb provides help to the loosen muscle tissue in the airway. Many other researches are being made, however there aren’t some concrete information and evidence, but hey there is nothing bad if we try the effects of this marvelous herb, correct?
The recipe for making ginger tea is the following: you will use chopped in slices ginger that has the size to an inch and you will add it into a hot boiling water. Before you strain it and drink it you will leave it for 10 minutes. You should consume it 2 or 3 times during the day. Moreover, you can make a combination of pomegranate juice, ginger juice and honey, you will put them together in equal part and use this mixture whose consistency is a little bit sticky opposed to the juice. You should consume 1 tbsp 2 to 3 times per day. Furthermore, many other supplements of this herb are being sold in the markets, but it is preferable for you to consult your physician whether they are good for you or not.
This type of herb is very known in helping to treat allergies, but also is very good for asthma attacks. One of the most important ingredients that it has is the curcumin, which is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It helps in prohibiting and fighting the symptoms. The powder made of turmeric it can be found in any part of the world. So, you will take the turmeric and use 1 tsp., then you will mix it with 1 cup of milk and you will boil the mixture. When it cools down, you will consume it and you can do that 2 times during the day. The curcumin may be found in supplements also, but again you should ask your doctor whether to use it or not.
4. Gingko Biloba
This herb has a lot of antihistamine and anti-inflammatory characteristic, which makes it an excellent remedy for asthma attacks. The Journal Huazhong of Science and Technology published the results and evidence of a study that has been made regarding the helpful characteristics of this herb, along with a number of other studies made. The herb prevents the inflammatory cells to pass through the airway.
Gingko bilboa can be found as supplements as well, but again like the previous ones you should contact your doctor more importantly is if you are taking some other medications, then you should definitely contact your doctor.
In China the traditional medicine is based on garlic when treating asthma. The garlic has also anti-inflammatory characteristics and is helpful in preventing the blockage in the lungs. The garlic supports our immune system and fights against infections, due to its antiviral and antibiotic characteristics. Also, it is useful in fighting against asthma triggers.
This herb is very well known, because it has been used in traditional medicine in order to cure diseases regarding the respiratory system. It has anti fungal, anti-inflammatory and anti bacterial characteristics, which help to lower the inflammation and to fight against infections. It strengthens your immune system, because it is an excellent source of Vitamin C.
In order to make this drink you will need: 1 tsp. of dried lemongrass, ½ of grated ginger, then 2 cloves of ginger and at the end small cinnamon stick, after that add 2 cups of water. Next, you will make a mixture of these ingredients and you will boil the mixture, then you will leave it to cool down for approximately 5 to 10 minutes. Next, you will strain it, then you will add some honey and squeezed juice of lemon and it will be prepared for consummation. If you have asthma, you can consume it once during the day.
Again, another type of herb used against asthma due to its anti-inflammatory characteristics. It provides support to trouble-free breathing, it lowers the inflammation of bronchial tubes and also soothes the airways. Plus, it strengthens our immune system, because of the immune-stimulant characteristics that has.
You will boil a cup of water and add 2 tsp. of licorice root powder. Then, you will put a cloth in order to cover the mixture and you will leave it to simmer for the next 10 minutes. Next, you will strain it, you will put some honey too in order to soften the taste and then it will be ready for drinking. You will consume it once during the day. Licorice can be found as supplements as well in markets around the world.
Still, be very careful, if you have some kidney diseases or you suffer from high blood pressure, diabetes or some different adrenal diseases, you are forbidden from taking this herb.
8. Slippery Elm
Like the rest of the herbs from above, it has anti-inflammatory characteristics which helps to reduce the mucus that blocks the blocks the airways. It is very helpful for coughs, bronchitis, sore throats and of course asthma.
You will need 2 tsp of the inside bark of the slipper elm and you will put it into 2 cups of water that boils, then you will cover it and leave it to cool down for 5 minutes. Next, you will strain it and you will put some honey in order to help soften the taste and after doing that it will be ready for drinking. Moreover, you can use slipper elm lozenges to calm down the inflammation of bronchial tubes. In this form it can be found in many stores. If a woman is breastfeeding or is pregnant the usage of this herb is extremely dangerous.
9. Stinging Nettle
This herb has natural anti-inflammatory and antihistamines contents and because of this is very helpful for allergies that are provoked by asthma. In order to prevent appearance of some symptoms in the future, these elements will calm down the blocked nasal and bronchial airways. Plus, with this our metabolism and immune system will be strengthen due to its butyric acid content.
You will need 1 tbsp. of drained stinging nettle leaves or roots and you will mix it with a cup of hot water, then leave it like that for 5 minutes and afterwards you will strain it. You will put honey as much as you want and it will be ready for consummation. You will drink it 3 times during the day if you are having asthma attacks. Again, the supplements of this herb can be used but only if your doctor allows it. However, be careful because this herb is not good for children and pregnant women.
10. Bishop’s Weed
It is not a very famous herb like the rest of these herbs, however it is worth mentioning and seeing exactly what type of herb is. It has another names as well, those are aiwan and carom seeds. It prevents asthma attacks by using a robust antispasmodic effects on the affected bronchioles, soothing the symptoms in this way. It is extremely helpful and useful for conditions like emphysema, bronchitis, coughs and some other different cardiovascular issues. If you use it against asthma attacks you will need the seeds.
There are two ways how this herb can help you in treating asthma attacks. The first one is by using 1 tsp. of Bishop weed and 1 tsp. of jaggery . You will use thix mixture twice during the day. The second one is by simply chewing the seeds after roasting them and you will do this with water.
- These were just some of the ways and helpful herbs that are useful in treating asthma, however here are some more tips.
- You will have to find and identify the things that provoke you to have asthma and then you will try to stay away from them no matter what.
- Eliminate from you diet processed food, food with a lot of additives, refined carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners and fried food.
- You will have to consume food rich with Vitamin B12
- Consume food that consist antioxidants in order to release free radicals that cause inflammation
- Before training warm your body first and don’t exercise in cold air
- Include exercises like yoga, aerobics, stretching and plus resistance training. The advice that people usually
give you, if you are suffering from asthma you shouldn’t train is a complete lie.
- Keep the optimal humidity levels, eve by using dehumidifier if you need to
- Protect your nose and mouth, when you are going outside when the weather is cold
- Don’t smoke and avoid being in a room when someone else is smoking
- Always keep you house clean, if you can clean it at least once a week, but before cleaning protect your mouth, put something over it in order to avoid dirt and dust
- Don’t go to highly polluted places and avoid other common allergens.