10 Home Remedies and Yoga for Asthma and Wheezing

Asthma is a condition where a person experiences difficulty in breathing and allergic asthma is also there. This is because of constriction in the air passage of lungs or mucus secretion. Asthma is identified by breathing difficulty, wheezing and coughing.

The lungs are vital organ of the body. As it affects the lungs and breathing it can interfere with the normal life of a person. Asthma attack in some individuals is also life threatening. This condition is incurable. However, we can easily control the symptoms of Asthma.

Asthma
 It varies throughout the life. So, it is necessary that you track your signs and symptoms with your doctor.

Symptoms of Asthma:

Generally asthma is characterized by shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. However, these are some symptoms that are particular to some people. Some people experience attacks when they are doing a vigorous exercise like running etc. but they are normal  for the rest of the time.

Symptoms of Asthma
 Common signs of Asthma:

  • Breathing difficulty and shallow breaths
  • tightness in  the chest
  • Wheezing while breathing out. This is very common in children suffering from this.
  • Not able to sleep properly due to shortness of breath and wheezing.
  • In cold and cough, the as problems like wheezing and shortness of breath intensify.

The signs above are very common . However, you can determine that asthma is worsening by identifying the signs given below:

  • It affects your day to day activities and attacks are much more common
  • There is problem in breathing almost frequently. You can measure this to know how good your lungs are.
  • To get relief, you need to use inhaler much more often than normal.

In certain people the signs and symptoms aggravate in certain situations such as:

Exercise:

If the weather is  cold and dry and you are performing high intensity workout. It affects at the beginning or after 10-15 mins in the exercise.

90% people with Asthma experience Asthma when exercising.

Aspirin induced Asthma:

Certain people develop asthma when they take aspirin or any other NSAID like ibuprofen etc. This is not very common and only about 9% of asthmatics experience this.

It develops suddenly in people from age 20 to 50.

Occupational Asthma:

If your work involves exposure to irritants such as chemical fumes, asbestos, gases or dust.

Allergies:

Certain substances in the air trigger asthma in the form of allergy. For example, pollen, mold spores, pet dander etc.

Asthma Causes:

The exact cause of asthma is unknown. However, there are some factors that can induce asthma in a person like

Genetics:

If you have a family history of asthma the you are most likely to have asthma

Viral infections:

In childhood, if you suffered from severe viral infections then you might be having asthma or are in danger of having asthma.

Hygiene hypothesis:

We know that our immune system becomes stronger when we expose ourselves to pathogens. Which means that there is increase in antibody production. So, as a child if you weren't exposed to certain pathogen then your immune system becomes weak and could not fight away asthma.

Asthma Causes
 Home Remedies for Asthma:

Garlic for Asthma Treatment:

Garlic is a great flavoring agent and is easily available in every household. It has several health benefits and one of them is anti-inflammatory property. As we know that it is an inflammatory disorder. Hence, we can use garlic to reduce inflammation associated with it. However, there are no conclusive evidences to prove the exact action action of garlic in asthma.

 

Garlic for Asthma treatment

Ginger for Asthma Treatment:

Ginger is an ancient remedy for any lungs related disorders. IT is also great for  cough. It has anti-inflammatory properties and is great for it. This is because it is associated with inflammation. Taking ginger daily fro your food may reduce the symptoms of Asthma.

Ginger for Asthma Treatment
You can use ginger in the following way for this:

Take one tablespoon of ginger and add it to one cup of water. Boil it for 5-10 minutes and then drink while hot.

You can use ginger by adding it to cookies and bread too. It has great flavor and goes well with black tea and honey.

Turmeric for Asthma Treatment:

Turmeric produces a lot of mucus and expels out the viral and bacterial particles. Moreover, it also relieves cough symptoms. It is antiviral and antibacterial in action. It soothes  the throat from inflammation.

Turmeric for Asthma Treatment
Turmeric can be taken along with hot milk. Add 2 tsp of turmeric powder to milk and boil it for some time. Drink this turmeric milk for relief from cough. Turmeric is found in Indian households , it is the best home remedy for cough.

Thyme:

Thyme is very effective for cough, sore throat  and bronchitis. Moreover it also has anti oxidant property.

A study showed that a cough syrup containing thyme relieved cough when compared to placebo syrup. You can make thyme tea by adding 2 tsp of dried thyme to a cup of warm water. Wait for 10 mins, strain and drink.

Thyme
It is one of the best natural home remedy for cough.

Steam:

Steam relieves wet cough. Wet cough produces a lot of phlegm and mucus. Take a warm bath and let the steam fill the room. stay in the steam until symptoms go away .

You can also have steam with a vaporizer. Fill the vaporizer with water and some herbs such as basil, eucalyptus and rosemary. It is best remedy for cough . It also clears decongestion. Lean over the bowl and breathe in the vapor for 5 minutes . After this drink a glass of room temperature water to prevent dehydration. However , this is useful for wet cough only.

Honey Tea:

Honey provides soothing effect to the throat. Researches studied honey along with dextromethorphan for relieving cough. It was found that it relieved cough and provided relief. In children also honey showed good results . Parents prefer honey first as compared to other medications.

Honey tea
Honey can be taken along with turmeric .Take honey, by diluting 2 tablespoon of honey in warm water or herbal tea.

Changes in diet:

Although there is no association between asthma and diet. However, you should certain changes in diet treat the symptoms of asthma. For example, being overweight can increase the changes of asthma. If you increase the consumption of antioxidants from vegetables and fruits will improve your condition.

Changes in diet
Antioxidants and vitamins C and E are responsible for decreasing the amount of inflammation .

Hypnotherapy:

In certain asthmatic conditions, hypnosis helps t relieve symptoms.  In hypnosis, the person is relaxed and is open to new ways of thinking and feeling. Hypnotherapy will help by coping up with the symptoms of asthma like chest tightness. It does so relaxing the muscles of the chest.

Hypnotherapy
 

Mindfulness and meditation:

Mindfulness and meditation is one more way of relieving symptoms of asthma. It psychologically helps to relieve stress and helps to concentrate in the present moment.

Mindfulness and meditation
You can do mindfulness meditation in the following way:

Seat down with straight or lie on your back with your neck in a relax position. Take a deep breath .

Then focus on your extremities, your toes and fingers and relax their muscles. Then gradually relax your arms , elbows, knees , calf , legs and finally relax your shoulders and neck muscles to gain utmost relaxation.

At this stage just observe the thoughts  in your mind and let them come and go. Do not try to stop or control your thoughts in any way so that the thoughts float. and let these thoughts just flow through your mind.

Inhale and exhale deeply as you relax further. Focus on your breath.

Be in this position for as long you feel calm and relax. It could take about 20 mins to as long as you want.

Acupuncture:

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese method of treatment. It focuses on pressing certain trigger points in the body responsible for functioning of organs. There are no long term benefits of acupuncture proven yet. However, it has shown some improvements in the symptoms like chest tightness and ease of breathing in certain people.

Acupuncture
It has also shown effect in opening the airways and chest pain.

Caffeine:

Caffeine is a great bronchodilator and it reduces the tiredness of respiratory muscles. Hence, having coffee or tea for asthma patients may improve the signs and symptoms of asthma.

Caffeine

Yoga for Asthma:

Bhastrika Pranayama:

In this type of yoga, we control the breathing to improve the health of the lungs. This pranayama involves forced breathing. You can try this in the following manner:

Seat in a lotus pose and close your eyes. Then inhale forcefully and with equal force exhale. Practice this for some time until you feel tired. This helps in strengthening the lung muscles and improves allergic asthma.

 

Bhastrika pranayama
You should practice this yoga pose in the morning in fresh air.

Kapaalbhati :

In this ,you have inhale regularly but exhalations should be forceful. This is known to clear nasal passages and remove 80% of the toxins as you exhale.

 

Kapaalbhati

As it removes all the toxins in the air, it improves oxygen capacity and lung capacity in asthma.

Anulom Vilom Pranayama:

In this breathing exercise, take air in from left nostril and block the other nostril by using a finger. Then exhale air from the right nostril. Take in air from the right and exhale through the left nostril. This is known as Anulom vilom .

Anulom vilom Pranayama

 

It calms down your respiratory and nervous system useful in asthma attacks.

Nadishodhan Pranayama:

It provides relaxing effect and brings down the body temperature. This simple breathing exercise will clear the nasal pathway and clean your respiratory system. It helps in clearing nasal passage hence improves the symptoms of asthma.


Nadishodhan Pranayama

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