How to Treat Asthma at Home
You can take steps at home to ease your symptoms of Asthma
Asthma is usually a long-term lung condition, which can cause breathing difficulties. Although it usually starts in childhood, it can develop for the first time in adults, and although there is currently no cure for it, there are treatments that can help you to keep your symptoms under control so that it does not have a significant impact on your daily life.
Symptoms of asthma can include; wheezing; breathlessness; a tight chest, which could be described as feeling like there is a band that is tightening around it; and coughing. Asthma occurs as a result of inflammation of the breathing tubes that are responsible for carrying air in and out of the lungs, which can make them temporarily narrow. Sometimes a trigger can set this inflammation off. Common triggers include; allergies; smoke, pollution and the cold air; exercise; and infections, such as colds or flu.
It is essential to get a proper diagnosis, so you should contact your GP if you are worried about any of the above symptoms. When it comes to the treatment of asthma, this is usually done with an inhaler, which allows you to directly breathe in medication that will help to open your tubes. There are different types of inhalers; a reliever, which is used when symptoms worsen suddenly; and a preventer, which are usually used every day to prevent the symptoms from occurring. It is possible though, to control asthma symptoms without having to take medicinal inhalers and instead use natural remedies. Here are just some of the remedies that you can try.
Mustard oil is an effective treatment for asthma that does not involve using any medication. When mixed with camphor, it becomes a potent combination that can bring asthma sufferers relief with their breathing.
To use, just massage the mixture over your chest, until you start to get relief from your symptoms. Warming the oil, before massaging it will ensure that you can feel the warmth right away and will help to provide even quicker relief from your symptoms.
Eucalyptus oil is a convenient natural oil to keep in your cupboard, mainly if you are an asthma sufferer, as it can help to keep your symptoms under control.
It should be used, as you would when you are suffering from a cold, or a sinus infection. Just add a few drops of the essential oil into a bowl of boiling water, and place your face over the bowl, before covering both your head and the bowl with a towel to trap the steam. Take some deep breaths in, and inhale the oil in the steam. This will help to open up your nasal passage and clear any blockages, which in turn will help to ease your breathing.
Eating figs can be one of the most effective and natural ways of fighting asthma, Just soak some dried figs overnight in water. When you first wake up in the morning, eat these figs, and drink the water that they were soaking it, to provide adequate relief at keeping your asthma symptoms at bay.
It should be noted though that consuming too many figs could have a laxative effect, so be sure to limit your daily intake.
Ginger is often found on home remedy lists and is used to help a whole host of medical complaints, so there is no surprise to learn that it can also help to relieve the symptoms of asthma.
You can prepare a home remedy easily yourself, by combining equal parts of ginger, honey and pomegranate before consuming it two to three times a day.
We are always being told that drinking coffee is bad for our health, so you might be surprised to see it on the list, and even wonder how it could help someone with asthma. The caffeine found in coffee though can help to clear the nasal passage, which will help you to breathe more efficiently, and reduce your symptoms of asthma.
If you are worried and do not like to drink coffee, black tea will have the same effect; however, whichever one you choose to drink, you should try and limit your intake to just three cups a day.
We have mentioned that one of the main symptoms of asthma is wheezing, and during the winter months, it is likely that this will get worse. Using a humidifier, particularly in your bedroom while you sleep can help to loosen the congestion that can cause the wheezing, reducing the severity of it.
Some humidifiers allow you to add essential oils to the water as well, which could mean that you could add oils like eucalyptus or peppermint for an even stronger result; however, it is imperative to check the humidifiers instructions before you go ahead and add anything extra to the water.
Like ginger, turmeric is used to treat so many illnesses and ailments, so it is no wonder that it is useful in the treatment of asthma as well. Many different studies have found that turmeric has some anti-allergy properties, which as we know is often a contributor to the worsening of asthma symptoms.
The reason for this is because it is believed that turmeric has an effect on histamines, which can cause inflammation. However; it should be noted that more research into how it can specifically help asthmatics is needed, to ensure that it is a safe and effective remedy.