What is Asthma:
Asthma is a disease affecting the airways that carry air to and from your lungs. People who suffer from this chronic condition are said to be asthmatic. The inside walls of an asthmatic’s airways are swollen or inflamed. This swelling or inflammation makes the airways extremely sensitive to irritations and increases your susceptibility to an allergic reaction.
Asthma is caused by inflammation of the airways. These are the small tubes, called bronchi, which carry air in and out of the lungs. If you have asthma, the bronchi will be inflamed and more sensitive than normal. When you come into contact with something that irritates your lungs, known as a trigger, your airways become narrow, the muscles around them tighten and there is an increase in the production of sticky mucus (phlegm). This makes it difficult to breathe and causes wheezing and coughing. It may also make your chest feel tight.
Symptoms of Asthma:
* The usual symptoms of asthma are
* Shortness of breath
* Tightness in the chest.
Not everyone will get all of these symptoms. Some people experience them from time to time, a few people may experience these symptoms all the time.
Causes of Asthma:
* Exposure to tobacco or wood smoke.
* Breathing polluted air.
* Inhaling other respiratory irritants such as perfumes or cleaning products.
* Exposure to airway irritants at the workplace.
* Breathing in allergy causing substances (allergens) such as molds, dust, or animal dander.
* An upper respiratory infection, such as a cold, flu, sinusitis, or bronchitis.
* Exposure to cold, dry weather.
* Emotional excitement or stress.
* Physical exertion or exercise.
Home Remedies for Asthma:
Mix 1 tsp honey with ½ tsp cinnamon powder. Consume just before sleeping.
Mullein oil is used to fight respiratory congestion, is very important to make it as a tea for faster results.
Boil 8-10 cloves of garlic in ½ cup of milk. Have at night. Good for early stages of asthma.
Drink coffee and Soft drinks with caffeine (colas), caffeine dilates the bronchial airways.
Add 1 tsp of honey in very hot water and sip slowly. Take this just before sleeping to remove phlegm from the throat.
Soak dry Grapes in Water at Night and keep in cold Milk for half an hour and chew them.
In 1 cup of water soak 1 tea spoon of Fenugreek seeds overnight. Strain. Add 1 tea spoon of Ginger juice and 1 tea spoon of honey to this. This should be taken morning and evening.
Regular Chewing of Fennel helps expel infected mucous from the chest.
Mix mustard oil with a little camphor, then massage onto your back and chest to help open airways.
Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 are very important nutrients to treat asthma decreasing the inflammation in the lungs.
Inhalation of hot steam or humidified air helps counter bronchial tube constriction. Inhale the steam of boiling water containing caraway seeds.
Ginger tea is a one of best herbal tea for an asthma sufferer. This herbal tea will soothe your respiratory system. Prepare a ginger tea by simmering three quarters of a teaspoon of chopped ginger per cup of hot water in a closed teapot for 5 minutes and drink it.