How to Treat Asthma
Asthma is a health condition that can be easily triggered by a variety of stimulus. The way it is triggered is a reflection of an allergic response. An event or an object triggers a body response that is characterized by the production of copious amounts of pulmonary secretions, swelling, and narrowing of the airway. If the condition is not properly managed, you might as well end up in the emergency room.
The reason why people fear asthma attacks is that, unlike seasonal allergies or skin allergies, asthma affects primarily the smaller airways inside your lungs. The many changes that occur in these airway passages – narrowing of its diameter, inflammation, and increased mucus production – all lead to problems in breathing. And when you cannot breathe effectively anymore, you know what happens.
The management of asthma is more directed towards prevention. While medical treatment is more focused on managing the symptoms of asthma, natural remedies offer a better approach by preventing its occurrence in the first place.
Taking an active role to control your asthma involves:
- Working with your doctor to treat other conditions that can interfere with asthma management.
- Avoiding things that worsen your asthma (asthma triggers). However, one trigger you should not avoid is physical activity. Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Talk with your doctor about medicines that can help you stay active.
- Working with your doctor and other healthcare providers to create and follow an asthma action plan.
An asthma action plan gives guidance on taking your medicines properly, avoiding asthma triggers (except physical activity), tracking your level of asthma control, responding to worsening symptoms, and seeking emergency care when needed
Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma in Adults
One way to prevent asthma is by using materials that can significantly reduce the stimulation of an allergic response or an asthma attack. Using pillows and beddings that are known to be allergy-proof is one way to prevent asthma. Washing your beddings including the linens in your home every week in hot water can also get rid of allergenic dust mites. Dehumidifiers,as well as HEPA filters,can also help improve the overall quality of the air inside your home.
Try Ginkgo Biloba
For many centuries, traditional medicine practitioners have used ginkgo biloba as a natural remedy to control asthma. Studies suggest that a daily dose of around 250 milligrams of ginkgo extract can help reduce the incidence of airway spasms as well as other symptoms associated with asthma.
One study indicated that patients who used significantly higher than typical doses of Gingko showed a 10% to 15% improvement in FEV1 (a lung function test that measures the amount of air that can be exhaled in the first second of a forced exhalation) as compared to those taking a placebo over a 4- to 8-week period.
Other studies have demonstrated that Ginkgo may have an anti-inflammatory effect.
More extensive, well-conducted research is necessary before Ginkgo can be confidently recommended for asthma.
Include Omega 3-rich Foods in your Diet
Omega 3 fatty acids are known to reduce the inflammatory response which can be seen in persons with asthma. They are often referred to as Mother Nature’s answer to the medical wonder drugs known as leukotriene inhibitors. You can include salmon, mackerel, and tuna in your daily diet to reduce the likelihood of having an asthma attack.
Bioflavonoids are known to be very effective anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory substances that are naturally found in fruits and vegetables. One of the essential kinds of bioflavonoids, quercetin, has been shown to be especially effective in the inhibition of histamine. This greatly reduces the likelihood of inflammation and swelling in the airways as well as the overproduction of mucus secretions that can aggravate the difficulty in breathing.
Turmeric contains the substance curcumin which has been shown to inhibit the production and release of cycloxygenase-2 prostaglandins that are responsible for the inflammation seen in asthma. A concoction of turmeric-based warm milk three times a day can help reduce the risk of asthma development.
It is not necessary that you seek a licensed physiotherapist for you to perform effective chest physiotherapy. Pulmonary cupping and vibrations are often enough to help remove the secretions that may have accumulated inside the walls of the smaller airways. This facilitates the removal of such secretions and thereby opening the airways and leading to improved breathing.
The management of asthma requires careful observation of asthma triggers. By becoming conscious about these triggers, you can save yourself from the many inconveniences of an asthma attack.