Natural Remedies for Asthma
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Unfortunately, asthma is a fairly common condition that affects men, women, and children alike. Not only does this condition put stress on your body, but it can also put stress on your finances with general medical costs, prescriptions, and even lost productivity. Not to mention, many of the prescriptions come with a lengthy list of side effects. This, among other reasons, causes people to look for natural remedies for asthma.
I'm here to help. In this article, I will go over what you need to know about asthma as well as a few pretty incredible natural home remedies I know of for asthma.
In this article:
- What is Asthma?
- The link between Asthma and Microbes
- Incredible Natural Remedies for Asthma
- Final Thoughts
What is Asthma?
An asthma attack can be minor, but in some cases, it can become dangerous. Asthma is an inflammatory condition of the lungs. Your bronchial tubes are located in your lungs, and asthma causes these tubes to fill up with inflammation.
When an asthma attack happens, it can be scary. Your chest may start to feel tight, you feel like you can't catch your breath, and you may begin coughing or wheezing.
This happens because, during the attack, the muscles around your airways are inflamed and start to swell. The muscles around the airways are also producing extra mucus, which causes your bronchial tubes to narrow.
Your bronchial tubes let air in and out of your lungs—allowing you to breathe. They're pretty important, and it's essential that they can do their job properly. When these bronchial tubes, also referred to as airways are inflamed, it can result in difficulty breathing and other asthma symptoms.
Asthma can also be related to allergies of any kind. Your allergies might show up during a particular season, maybe they're environmental, or you might have a food allergy. In any case, asthma symptoms can be a result.
During an asthma attack, symptoms seem to come on fast. It's the result of your body suddenly reacting to what's irritating the immune system and air passageways, like you bronchial tubes.
In many asthma cases, bronchodilators or an inhaler is prescribed. But, in some people, it's possible for the symptoms to clear up with help from lifestyle changes and natural alternatives.
Many different things can cause asthma, and they can vary from person to person. The two primary root causes recognized are toxins and irritants from the person's environment. This might even include your work environment.
Other factors like a poor diet, high-stress, pollution, medical disorders, antibiotic abuse, among others, can play into a person having asthma. Many people find their asthma worsens if they have a cold. But, an asthma attack can also occur for no apparent reason.
A few asthma causes may be:
- Upper respiratory infections
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Pollen, pets, mold, and dust mites
- Tobacco smoke
- Inhaling cold/dry air
Asthma Risk Factors
If you have asthma, you're at risk of an asthma attack. Many different things can play into this as well. Even spending too much time indoors could reduce your ability to build a strong immune system. You're also increasing your exposure to dust, mold, pet hair, and other indoor irritants when you spend too much time inside.
You might have a higher risk of an asthma attack if:
- You've had a severe asthma attack in the past
- You use more than two quick-acting (rescue) inhalers a month
- You are exposed to environmental toxins like fumes or chemicals
- Asthma runs in your family
- You have a sedentary lifestyle
- Your asthma attacks tend to sneak up on you before you notice symptoms have worsened
- You have other chronic health conditions, such as sinusitis or nasal polyps, or cardiovascular or chronic lung disease
Signs and symptoms of asthma can vary. You should work with your physician to identify what your particular signs or symptoms of asthma are. This will help you better understand what might be causing the symptoms and when the symptoms may be starting to come on so you can better prepare.
Asthma Symptoms might include:
- Inflammation of the Lung/Bronchial Tubes
- Bronchial Spasm
- Shortness of Breath
The Link Between Asthma and Microbes
The human body is believed to be the home of millions, if not trillions, of microorganisms—or microbes. Some of these microbes are friendly; you may know them as probiotics. Other types of microbes are harmful.
There is a specific type of microbe called Chlamydia Pneumonia. You may also see it as simply "C. pneumonia."This is very difficult to kill bacteria that are associated with respiratory tract infections and even asthma.
There has been a lot of success using antibiotics to help kill this microbe. But, antibiotics can come with their own set of drawbacks. In fact, many medications used to treat asthma, like steroids, bronchodilators, and anti-inflammatories may be necessary in some cases, but can also come with major drawbacks as well.
So, of course, I want to suggest something more natural to help with your asthma or asthma-like symptoms. But, never abandon your medication regimen before speaking with your doctor about it first.
Incredible Natural Remedies for Asthma
One of the best natural remedies for asthma, I believe, is vitamin D. If you have asthma you need to be sure you are getting high amounts of vitamin D either through supplements or from the sun. Vitamin D is a natural solution that has worked for many people.
Some people have also found success with specific breathing techniques that involve breathing a certain way to strengthen your lungs.
But, what if this doesn't work for you—then what? Give these three natural remedies for asthma a try.
1.) Chaga Mushroom
Chaga is an interesting source of asthma relief, and many people find it effective. This isn't your typical mushroom. It is packed with anti-oxidants, and it looks more like a lump of coal than an actual mushroom.
Chaga was used by ancient cultures to help protect the body and boost the immune system. In modern times, it is being studied for its anti-inflammatory effects. The positive effects chaga seems to have as far as boosting immunity and acting as an anti-inflammatory, may make it a helpful home remedy for asthma.
Where to Find Chaga Mushroom:
Chaga can be found online in the form of tea, powder, or a capsule supplement.
2.) Lotus Rhizome Node
You might recognize lotus as a beautiful flower. However, its beauty is only one aspect of it. Every bit of this plant from the seeds to the petals has been used for food or medicine.
The lotus rhizome node is a part of the plant's roots. Among its many benefits, the thick sponge-like node may be an effective natural remedy for asthma. This alternative may be especially helpful in fighting the asthma symptoms brought on by the microbe Chlamydia Pneumonia.
Where to Find Lotus Rhizome Node:
Lotus Rhizome Node is available in pill, powder, capsule, and juice forms. It's also possible to purchase whole, dried nodes. You can find these online, in Asian markets, or herbal shops.
3.) Ligustrum Seed
The ligustrum plant is one of the oldest Chinese herbal remedies, and it may act as a modern natural asthma remedy. This plant also seems to have many different benefits for the entire body.
Overall, it may help support a healthy body and boost the immune system. Immune system support is essential when trying to find natural remedies for asthma or allergies that produce asthma-like symptoms.
Where to Find Ligustrum Seed:
Ligustrum seed can be found online, at health food stores, or in vitamin shops.
Wheezing, coughing, feeling like your airway is blocked—a person shouldn't have to live like this. These attacks can be sudden and violent. They can easily make a person feel as if they don't have control over their own body.
Asthma can completely disrupt a person's life, causing them to miss out on the things they enjoy and even making them lose sleep. If you're an asthmatic or you have a loved one who is, you know this condition can significantly lower quality of life.
Imagine (some of you may not have to) being overtaken by sudden wheezing as your airway begins to close and you desperately search for your inhaler. This can be terrifying and could make anyone feel helpless. For asthmatics, this is almost a way of life. But, that doesn't mean it gets less scary or painful.
I want to help. These natural remedies for asthma have changed people's lives. What could they do for you?
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