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Top Home Remedies for Asthma

The symptoms of asthma can be debilitating for sufferers of this frustrating condition, whether you face asthma daily or in certain circumstances, like exercising or encountering irritants at the workplace or outside. Difficulty breathing, frequent coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath can be a nuisance – or, in more severe cases, can even trigger a life-threatening asthma attack. While there is no cure for asthma, which causes the airways to narrow, swell, and increase mucus production, there are ways to manage even the most persistent symptoms.

 

Many people treat their asthma with inhalers that contain anti-inflammatory drugs or oral medications, but there are often side effects that go along with these pharmacological solutions that can be even worse than the asthma symptoms they are used to treat. Fortunately, there are some home remedies to treat asthma that have proven quite effective, and can help keep asthma symptoms at bay.

 

Ginger

Adding ginger powder to your food, taking a ginger supplement, or even drinking ginger tea can provide a number of benefits to asthma sufferers. This home remedy works because of the potent antioxidants found in ginger, which can provide anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties that are comparable to non-steroid anti-inflammatory medications. Ginger can also enhance bronchodilation, which can make breathing much easier for people struggling with asthma symptoms.

 

Buteyko breathing

Mouth breathing can aggravate the symptoms of asthma, but when you’re feeling congested, it’s hard to breathe through your nose. However, the Buteyko breathing method can help transition you back to nasal breathing. Practicing these techniques can help reduce asthma symptoms and even help sufferers facing a potential asthma attack to bring their breathing back to normal. Correct breathing is important for many reasons, and can be learned by incorporating the Buteyko techniques.

 

Eucalyptus

Many medications used to treat coughs and colds actually contain eucalyptus or eucalyptus oil, which can help relieve congestion and loosen phlegm – which can both reduce symptoms in asthma sufferers. You can use eucalyptus oil to create a healing steam in a steam shower or just a hot bathroom to ease breathing and clear nasal passages, or use fresh leaves in a gargle to soothe throat irritations and reduce inflammation in the neck and chest. You can also find eucalyptus in ointments and rubs, teas, and lozenges.

 

Honey

Honey is one of the most powerful home remedies you can use in your battle against asthma symptoms. Combined with other ingredients like water, cinnamon, lemon juice, milk, or turmeric, you can create some potent treatments to address a variety of symptoms – clearing out excess mucus, opening up the airways, and even preventing the growth of bacteria and fungus that could live in your respiratory system. Honey also helps strengthen the immune system, fighting off other infections that could exacerbate your asthma symptoms.

 

Steam

Sitting in a steam shower, sauna, or even just a hot bathroom can help loosen the mucus that can build up in your chest. The heat and moisture combined work to ease breathing difficultly, relieve congestion, and open tightened airways to help asthma sufferers avoid asthma attacks and feel a little more comfort. While vaporisers are often used by individuals with asthma or other respiratory issues, cold air isn’t as effective as the warm steam from a steam shower. If you find this provides sufficient relief, you might consider installing a steam shower in your own home for more frequent treatments.

 

Fish oil

Whether you consume fish oil by eating salmon, tuna, sardines, other products high in omega-3 fatty acids, or by taking a fish oil supplement, you will see a reduction in your asthma symptoms as a result. These products can limit the body’s production of IgE, which are antibodies that can cause your allergic reactions or asthma symptoms. However, if you are treating your asthma with corticosteroids, this medication will block the beneficial effects of supplementing with fish oil.

 

Using these home remedies can help minimize your asthma symptoms, but if you find that your asthma is not improving or even getting worse, it might be time to see your doctor and look at alternative treatments. However, most asthma sufferers will be able to find relief by incorporating one or two of these top home remedies into their treatment program.

 

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