Asthma is a chronic lung condition that affects over 300 million people all over the world, especially children. It is characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. In some cases, there is tightness in the chest area. There is no known cure that completely removes this condition.
The most common form of relief for asthma suffers is to take medication. Salbutamol is the most common inhalant taken to relieve asthma symptoms. However, there are natural ways to approach the treatment of asthma. Here are some alternatives to consider.
- Remove the triggers. Although you cannot control genetics, you can control the environment that you live in. If someone in the home suffers from asthma, make sure that home is free of dust as much as possible. This means don’t have bookcases in the bedroom and replace window blinds with curtains that are washed regularly. If you know certain weather conditions trigger an attack, avoid going outdoors or be prepared. There are also emotional triggers to asthma. Learn to deal with difficult emotions calmly. Avoid stressful and highly charged situations that can trigger an asthma attack. Stay away from tobacco smoke and various noxious fumes.
- Try acupuncture. This ancient Chinese form of healing has been proven to relieve asthma symptoms and the severity of attacks. With the use of very fine needles, the acupuncturist can strengthen lungs and remove wind in the body and balance the person’s chi.
- Do yoga. Ancient Indian breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and stress, and strengthen lungs. Certain positions also strengthen immunity and help in the proper flow of energy in the body. Different asanas of poses can help, such as the bow pose, bridge pose, camel pose and upward facing dog pose. Find a yoga practitioner in your area that can help you with the proper poses.
- Try herbs. Nature has provided various plants and herbs that can be used to treat asthma. Boswellia is one herb that can be taken. Bishops weed, figs, safflower, Indian Gooseberry and Bitter Gourd root can all provide relief to asthma suffers when taken accordingly.
- Go with Chinese medicine. If western medicine has offered little help in terms of relief from asthma, try alternative medical preparations. A combination of medicinal herbs, acupuncture or even acupressure may be used to tonify the lungs. Ma huang and licorice root have also been used in Chinese medicine to help treat asthma. Cordyceps is from mushrooms and has been found to strengthen lungs. Keep in mind that when using herbs, it takes about two to three months before the effect on the body can be seen. Don’t stop taking it since it since your body needs time to adjust to the herbs and for the lung strengthening effect to take root.
- Go with homeopathic medicine. Talk to a homeopathic practitioner to discuss what homeopathic medication can be used to help your condition. Depending on the type of asthma you have, you will be given various medication by the homeopath. Antimonium Tartaricum, arsenicum alb, drosera and ipecac are just some of the common homeopathic medication used for asthma treatment.
- Go to the beach. A fun and easy way to relieve asthma symptoms is to hit the beach. The salt water in the ocean or sea will help open up lung passages. This is the principle behind a nebulizer using NSS solution. Take deep breaths and let the salt in the air clear up airways. You’ll notice a runny nose a little after, which means your body is detoxifying.
Research various natural approaches before using steroids and other
medication in treating asthma symptoms. You’ll soon find you may need a
combination of both approaches for the best relief.