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Asthma : Relief, the Natural Way by Janice Kumar
Asthma is a chronic disease that causes the inside walls of the air passages taking air to and from the lungs to swell up. This swelling causes reduction in the size of the air passages leading to difficulty in breathing and discomfort. The inflamed airways are sensitive to allergens and swell up causing wheezing, breathing difficulties, Chest tightness, and mucous formation.
Asthma can be of various degrees starting from the very mild to the serious. Serious attacks if left untreated can cause choking and breathing problems and in rare cases can cause death.
Normally Asthma can be treated with Quick Relief Medicines which are primarily bronchodilators. These are combined with long term inhaled corticosteroid to reduce swelling of the air passages and reduce the recurrence of asthma attacks. Most asthma treatments are inhaled to enable the medicines to act directly on the air passages or lungs.
In this article we will focus on some natural cures for asthma. There are many natural remedies available in nature which can act as natural bronchodilators and reduce swelling in the air passages. These treatments can be combined with normal asthma medication and over time they will reduce the need for strong medicines. Try a combination of two or more remedies and try to work with one natural treatment which you find effective.
Tomato juice with a spoonful of turmeric powder once daily will help in reducing tropical eosinophilia and free the pangs of breathlessness in asthmatics. Try taking half a glass of fresh tomato juice daily mixed with a heaped teaspoon of turmeric powder for a week or ten days before experiencing substantial relief.
A teaspoon of lettuce seeds mixed with honey given twice daily during the treatment of asthma and bronchitis is a very useful tonic. Regular usage will reduce dependence on asthma medicines and improve the quality of life. Take a ounce of honey and mix a teaspoon of raw lettuce seeds in it. Take the concoction on empty stomach twice a day to find substantial relief over the long term. As an added benefit, the seeds contain lignose, which is an effective intestinal antiseptic also.
A teaspoonful of fresh mint juice with 2 teaspoonfuls of pure malt vinegar and an equal quantity of honey stirred in four ounces of carrot juice given thrice daily as a medicated tonic during the treatment of bronchitis and asthma has many positive effects. It helps in reducing the swellings in the air passages and helps build immunity to various allergens.
Try fresh Spinach leaves prepared with two teaspoonful of fenugreek seeds mixed with a pinch of ammonium chloride and honey, an ounce thrice daily. This is an effective expectorant during treatment of bronchitis, asthma and dry cough. It will help open up the chest and remove mucous that is forming in the upper chest. It soothes the bronchioles, liquefies the tenacious sputum and forms healthy tissue in lungs and membranes and helps prevent respiratory infections.
A cupful of fresh Bitter Gourd juice mixed with a table spoonful of honey taken once daily for three months can cure asthma and bronchitis in specific cases. It is worth a try for patients suffering from mild recurrent asthma and is an easy to prepare cure. A little bitter though!
The leaves of Brinjal or egg plant are antispasmodic and half a teaspoon of this juice mixed with one teaspoonful of honey given thrice daily is effective against problems of congestion in the lungs, bronchitis and whooping cough. This is particularly effective in allergic cough and allergic bronchitis. However the treatment may be stopped after 10 days or so if no relief is seen.
I have mentioned a few effective natural remedies for asthmatic conditions above. It is suggested that a patient may try a few remedies to find what best suits hi/her body and try to continue that natural treatment for at least 10 days to find relief. It is hoped that some of these natural treatments will be effective in many mild to medium cases of asthma and provide relief the natural way reducing dependence on modern drugs.
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