Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the respiratory system that manifests due to the narrowing of the bronchi, the ducts through which air travels to the lungs. People with asthma suffer from severe congestion that causes breathing difficulties, chronic coughing, wheezing, and other symptoms that can reduce their quality of life.
Although for some people, asthma is a minor and sporadic inconvenience, others experience more severe symptoms, and asthma attacks can be life-threatening.
In a new study, researchers wanted to scientifically validate the traditional use of nettles to cure asthma naturally. They show that asthmatic rats treated with nettle extract have less lung inflammation. This is due to a decreased level of inflammatory cells in the lungs. In fact, these inflammatory cells generate reactive oxygen species (ROS) and free radicals that contribute to tissue lesions and inflammatory reactions.
Stinging nettle has well-documented antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been shown to be effective in joint pain, osteoarthritis, and allergic rhinitis.
Yoga could help lower the use of medications in asthmatics of all ages while improving their quality of life, both psychologically and physiologically. It promotes self-confidence, positive attitude, cardiorespiratory health, muscle relaxation, flexibility, and joint strength. Yoga is an appealing therapeutic intervention that can be used as an effective natural treatment for asthma.
- Foods rich in flavonoids
Flavonoids, including luteolin, apigenin, and quercetin, have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. Several studies have shown that asthma is less common among people who have a high intake of flavonoids in their diet, mainly through consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, and spices.
- Eucalyptus oil
Due to its decongestant properties, pure eucalyptus oil is an effective natural treatment for asthma. It contains a substance called eucalyptol that helps dissolve mucus.
Smear a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a paper towel and keep it close to your head when you sleep so you can breathe in the aroma. Alternatively, place a few drops of the oil in a bowl of boiling water and breathe in the steam to help clear your sinuses.
Antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory, honey is an excellent remedy against inflammation of the bronchi and the respiratory system. Sweeten your tea, yogurts, and desserts with this superfood.
Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It helps to dilate the blood vessels, relaxes muscle spasms and relieves inflammation restoring normal breathing. Mix 1 tsp. of turmeric in 1 cup of hot milk and drink three times a day for asthma relief.
Lemon helps reduce mucus, boosts the immune system, fights off allergens, kills bacteria and improves lung function. Squeeze fresh lemon juice into your water or tea, or sprinkle your dishes with organic lemon zest to help eliminate the discomfort of asthma triggers.
- Chicken Broth
Drinking chicken broth decongests sinuses. Chicken broth also contains a natural amino acid called cysteine which is a powerful antioxidant that strengthens immunity. Spike your broth with hot peppers, garlic or Tabasco sauce, to really fight mucus and asthma attacks.
- Himalayan Salt Inhaler
Tiny salt particles coat the bronchial tissues relieving inflammation, reduce mucus and prevent lung irritation. A salt inhaler may provide a variety of psychological benefits in addition to asthma relief because it increases the body’s ability to breathe deeply.
To learn more about the natural treatments for asthma, you can visit the Alternative DrMCare website. Using healing herbs, and Homeopathic remedies to balance the immune system is a great addition to other natural treatments.