Asthma, a very common disease in today’s world is a chronic lung disorder which inflames and narrows the airways thus resulting in shortness of breath, chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. Inflammation of the airways means, they become swollen and sensitive. Thus when the airways react to certain inhaled substances the muscles around them tighten. This condition prevents free flow of air into the lungs which results in the asthma patient feeling breathless.
In the medical world asthma can be treated in two ways – one is the short term relief medicine that provides immediate relief to the patient during an asthma attack. The other is a long term control medicine like inhaled cortiscosteroids which helps to keep asthma symptoms under control thus preventing any formidable asthma attacks in the future.
Though none of these treatments can be said to be a permanent cure for asthma the good news is asthma can be checked by not allowing the symptoms to flare up. The first step in this direction can begin from your home itself. So instead of purchasing expensive medicines you can try certain remedies which are easily available at home.
The two herbs ginger and garlic are very beneficial in this case provided you consume them regularly. Just crush both ginger and garlic and mix it with tea. The tea has to be brewed for at least fifteen minutes so that the juice of the herbs gets soaked into it. Consume this tea twice every day – early morning and early evening.
The therapeutic quality of honey provides a long term solution for asthmatic patients. You can mix one teaspoon of honey in a glass full of water and consume it thrice a day. Even a patient’s breathing can be eased during an asthma attack if a tablespoon of honey is placed under the patient’s nose at that point of time. You can also add a teaspoon of honey and four to five cloves of garlic in a glass of water. Boil this solution till the amount reduces to half. Consume this solution after filtering it. This remedy has to be followed once a day, every day.
Talking about long term benefits — a mixture of mustard oil and camphor can be rubbed on the back and chest of an asthma patient. If applied regularly the warmth of these oils will enable the mucous, blocked in the airways, to come out easily thus clearing the passage for the air to flow into the lungs.
As is apparent from the facts our entire respiratory system gets affected during an asthma attack. Therefore inhalation techniques work wonders for asthma patients. Take a vessel full of water and add caraway seeds to it. Bring this to a boil. The steam that gets generated in the process is then used for inhalation. If this is practiced on a daily basis it will help to widen the bronchial passages.
Fruits are an important part of our diet and their usefulness increases manifold when it concerns asthma. Figs have proved to be very effective for asthma patients. Clean three or four figs thoroughly. Soak them in water overnight and consume them in the morning. This practice will help drain the phlegm easily and provide comfort to the asthma patient in the long run. The excellent qualities of pomegranate have also worked wonders for asthma. Pomegranate needs to be peeled first and then left to dry in an air tight container. In a glass full of milk add some of these peels along with two or three raisins. Boil the milk first and then drink it hot. This acts as a very good expectorant. By the expulsion of sputum from the lungs the patient feels relieved.
These remedies are all very easily available at home and believe me they also yield results. Though asthma patients can now relax and try these remedies, they cannot overlook the fact that they have to be disciplined enough to follow them on a regular basis; because it is only then will they be able to keep asthma at bay and lead a prolonged life of well being.