Cinnamon | Cloves | Sitopaladi Churna | Figs | Mustard Oil | Onion | Flax Seeds | Amla – Indian Gooseberry | Black Pepper | Omega 3 Fatty Acid | Turmeric | Licorice Root | Ajwain Leaves | Eucalyptus | Garlic Clove | Steam | Ghee – Clarified Butter | Coriander And Ginger | Soup | Healthy Tea | Yoga Asanas | Bitter Gourd
Bronchial asthma also known as Dama (Hindi/Urdu/Marathi), Astuma (Tamil), Xiaochuan (Chinese), Asma (Portuguese / Spanish), Ejama (Bengali), Astma (Russian). It is chronic inflammatory disease can cause wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. Asthma is an ancient Greek word meaning ” panting or short- drawn breath.” It is the most troublesome of the respiratory diseases. The asthma patient gets frequent attacks of breathlessness in between which he is completely normal. Asthma is caused by a variety of factors. For many it is an allergic condition resulting from the reaction of the system to the weather, food, drugs, perfumes and other irritants which vary with different individuals. Allergies to dust are the most common. Quite often, however, asthma is precipitated by a combination of allergic and non- allergic factors including emotional tension, air pollution, infections and hereditary factors. It has been estimated that when both parents have asthma or hay fever, in 75 to 100 per cent cases, the offspring also has allergic reactions. And here are some natural treatments for asthma.
22 Natural Home Treatment To Control Asthma
Mix 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/4 teaspoon trikatu (a mixture made from long pepper, ginger and black pepper) into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes, and add 1 teaspoon of honey before drinking. You can take this tea twice a day.
Insert about 7 cloves into a peeled banana, and keep it overnight. Next morning eat the banana and the cloves. Don’t eat anything for an hour, then drink 1 cup of hot water. This remedy is very helpful for chronic bronchial asthma.
3. Sitopaladi Churna
Mix 1/2 teaspoon sitopaladi (a ready mixture of Tabasheer, Piper longum, Elettaria cardamomum and Cinnamomum zeylanicum, sugar), 1/2 teaspoon punarnava (a powder made from a herb boerhavia diffusa), a pinch of pippali and a pinch of abrak bhasma (an Ayurvedic medicine, prepared from Mica). For immediate relief, take this entire mixture with honey, a little bit at a time.
Soak 4 – 5 figs into warm water overnight. Eat figs in the morning and drink the same water. Repeat the procedure for at least 2 months.
5. Mustard Oil
Rubbing a little brown mustard oil onto your chest will give some relief. In case of asthma attack try camphor mixed with mustard oil. Apply this mixture on chest to get relief, also helps to take out extra mucus from the chest. OR Mix 1 teaspoon of brown mustard oil with 1 teaspoon natural organic sugar. Take 2 or 3 times a day on an empty stomach.
To relieve congestion and alleviate breathlessness take 1/4 cup onion juice with 1 teaspoon honey and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper. This remedy will also be effective for immediate relief of asthma.
7. Flax Seed
To minimize asthmatic attacks, in a pan bring water to boil. Add 1 tablespoon of flax seed powder and 1 piece of palm candy. Boil it for few more minutes. Drain the water. Drink this 1 big tablespoon of water along with a cup of milk to reduce extra mucus from the chest. Also minimize the chances of asthmatic attack.
8. Amla – Indian Gooseberry
Indian gooseberry (amla / phyllanthus emblica) are is very helpful for asthma patients. Take 5 gm of amla and 1 tablespoon of honey. Mix and try this mixture everyday morning. If you do not have a fresh amla you may also try dry powder.
9. Black Pepper
Make a tea by mixing ground mustard seeds and pippali (or black pepper if you don’t have pippali). Steep 1/4 teaspoon of each for 10 minutes in 1 cup hot water, then add 1 to 2 teaspoons honey. Drink 2 or 3 times a day, or for better results sip it every 15 minutes throughout the day. OR Try 1/2 teaspoon bay leaf and 1/4 teaspoon long pepper (pippali) mixed into 1 teaspoon honey. Take this mixture 2 or 3 times a day.
10. Omega 3 Fatty Acid
The omega-3 fatty acids in high oil fish, such as salmon, sardines, tuna, and mackerel, are anti inflammatory. Diets higher in the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil may improve asthma. So try to include such fish in your daily recipes. Also try to include apples, grapes, and celery leaves which are high in flavonoids (water-soluble plant pigments that benefit health) and vitamin C. Both are antioxidant. People with asthma, often have low levels of antioxidants, perhaps because this inflammatory condition depletes them. Vitamin C supplementation helped protect against exercise-induced asthma.
Heat the milk to your desired warmth, but do not boil it. Stir in the turmeric. Drink this mixture up to three times daily. Turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory agent. Concentrated extracts of turmeric and other anti-inflammatory herbs can improve some aspects of asthma. The fat in milk can improve intestinal absorption of curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric.
12. Licorice Root
To stop wheezing immediately, boil 1 teaspoon of licorice root (yashti madhu) in a cup of water for a couple of minutes to make a licorice tea. Just before drinking the tea, add 5 to 10 drops of mahanarayan oil if you have some, or use 1/2 teaspoon of plain ghee. Take one sip of this tea every 5 to 10 minutes. If the licorice tea induced vomiting. This is beneficial: It eliminates kapha and relieves the spasm of the bronchial tubes, and the person usually feels better immediately. You can save this tea for 72 hours without losing its effectiveness.
13. Ajwain Leaves
Ajwain leaves (Karpooravalli / Indian Borage / Oregano) are considered as a very important herb for asthma. In a cup of butter milk add 1 tea spoon of carom seeds and drink. Repeat the same twice a day to reduce the extra mucus from the chest. Steam made with carom seeds is useful for respiratory system. Also you can boil ajwain seeds with water and use this water to fill in “Hot water bottle” to heat up your chest.
Eucalyptus has anti-inflammatory, expectorant effects. It may also help open the airways by relaxing the encircling muscles. It is not safe to take eucalyptus essential oil by mouth as it is highly concentrated. Also many are toxic when taken internally. So try this simple message made with eucalyptus essential oil. Blend 1 tablespoon (15 ml) unscented lotion (OR olive oil, OR petroleum jelly) and 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil in a small, clean jar. Rub the mixture onto your chest. Start with a small amount to see how you respond to eucalyptus. Inhale deeply as you work. You’re drawing some of those aromatic, medicinal oils into your lungs. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching your eyes, nose, or other sensitive mucous membranes. If you have any remaining rub, store it in the jar and cap tightly.
15. Garlic Clove
If you have started asthma very recently then try this one. Take 10 tablespoon of milk and 10 small cloves of garlic. Bring it to boil and drain the milk. Take this milk once a day. Also try inhaling steam made from water, crushed little ginger and crushed 2 garlic cloves. Inhaling must be done at least twice a day – morning and evening.
Inhaling steam is a great way to relax airways, to increase circulation, and to thin respiratory mucus, which makes it easier to expel. Take 1 quart (946 ml) water, 1 to 2 drops eucalyptus essential oil, or 1/4 cup (6 g) crushed, dried eucalyptus leaves. Boil the water. Turn off the heat. Add 1 drop of eucalyptus oil and increase drops if the eucalyptus vapors don’t trigger coughing. If using dried eucalyptus leaves, add them to the pot, cover, and steep for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove the lid. If you no longer have steam, heat the liquid again just to the boiling point and remove from the burner. Lean over the steam and cover your head with a clean towel. Breathe slowly and deeply for 1 to 2 minutes.
17. Ghee – Clarified Butter
An infection can cause asthmatic wheezing. In such cases putting 5 to 10 drops of warm clarified butter in each nostril will help.
18. Coriander And Ginger
If you have a cough because asthma try this hot drink. Brown 4 tablespoons of coriander seeds in a frying pan, then boil with 4 cups of water, with 4 slices of root ginger. Reduce to 2 cups of liquid, strain, and drink.
Soup lovers can try this soup. Bring a water to boil, add handful of strum stick tree leaves, steep for 10 minutes. Add pinch of salt, black pepper powder and lemon juice. Enjoy this soup at least once a day for better result.
20. Healthy Tea
Instead of drinking normal milk tea in morning and evening time, try this strong healthy tea. Take 1 cup of water and boil it with 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds. After boiling for few minutes drain the water. In this water add 1 tablespoon of ginger juice and honey for taste. Enjoy drinking in morning and evening.
21. Yoga Asanas
Breathing exercise increases the vital capacity of the lungs, relieves allergies and asthma, and helps make the lungs strong and healthy. Also try some effective yoga asanas such as the Bow and Cobra poses, sitting in the Vajrasana, and the inverted poses including Shoulder Stand and Plow.
22. Bitter Gourd
Bitter gourd asthma home remedy is very popular since ancient times. Grind bitter gourd roots. Mix 1 tablespoon paste along with same amount of homey or same amount of bail leaves juice. Take this mixture once a day at night. Continue it for at least a month.
Asthma Prevention Tips
- Eat a handful of baby carrots every day for a carotenoid boost to help keep respiratory linings strong and counter inflammation.
- Keep living spaces, especially bedrooms, clean and dust-free. Use pillows filled with polyester, not feather or down, and cover them with dust mite proof pillow cases. Wash bedding weekly in hot water. Vacuum or wipe down bedspreads once a week.
- Pine oil in the bath or a vaporizer will reduce the incidence of attacks.
- Breathe clean air. Steer clear of smoke filled rooms or of strong odors from perfume, air fresheners, or paint. On days of heavy pollen or outdoor pollution, stay indoors, close windows, and use air conditioning as necessary.
- Check out your allergic reactions. Eighty percent of people who suffer asthma attacks are allergic to airborne particles that come from mold, pollen, trees and grasses, animal dander, and cockroach droppings.
- Avoid most dairy products, including all cheeses. Avoid fermented foods and all hydrophilic food substances such as salty items, cucumber, and tuna sh. Some people need to avoid mushrooms, peanuts, walnuts and other nuts, and yeast. The reaction may be immediate, for people extremely sensitive to these substances, or it may take several hours to develop.
- Physical activity conditions the lungs, heart, muscle, bones, and brain. Enjoyable exercise is a great stress buster. Swimming is thought to be a good exercise for people with asthma because of the breathing patterns typical of that sport. If you have exercise induced asma, you may need to use your inhaler before you start. Check with your doctor about that. Cold, dry air can also aggravate asma.
- Pumpkins, yellow squash, carrots, bell peppers, and other orange-hued vegetables and fruits get their pigment from carotenoids, powerful antioxidants that reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and maintain respiratory linings. Supplement containing a mixture of carotenes helped to prevent exercise-induced asthma. Also more fresh fruit in the diet improves asthma. The beneficial bacteria in yogurt promote gut health. Abnormal resident “flora,” or bacteria, predispose asthma and other allergic conditions. Some probiotic supplements improve airway responses. Whether eating yogurt improves asthma isn’t yet known, but it does seem to fortify immune function.
- Increase your intake of vitamin B6, which is said to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks.
- Drink 1 cup of water and lemon mixture after each meal to reduce asthma intensity.
- The patient should perform yogic kriyas such as jalneti, vamandhouti and yogic asanas such as ekpaduttanasana, yogamudra, sarvangasana, padmasana, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, vakrasana, ardh-matsyendrasan, shalabhasan, paschimottanasana and shavasana. Pranayamas like kapalbhati, anuloma-viloma, ujjayi, surbyabhedana and bhramari are also highly beneficial.