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Asthma Causes, Symptoms and Home Made remedies with yoga details
My fight with Asthma
I have never faced any breathing disease or seen a patient with such disorder in my life till, I was married into a family with the genetic history of acute Asthma. This was the first time, when I got to witness the problems associated with it.
My husband and my 4 year kid both are suffering from this breathing disorder. It has affected our professional and personal life a lot. Somehow our life became horrible when my husband got continuous Asthma attacks in 2009. He was hospitalised every time. Since that time I made it the topic of my research. I read many articles about it. I have inherited inclinations (from my father) towards Ayurveda and natural remedies. I found some simple remedies to control this disease and applied those. Our life was back to normal. Here I am sharing my findings and those remedies with you:-
- NHS VIDEOS | Asthma: an animation - Health videos - NHS Choices
Asthma is a chronic condition affecting the lungs which can be managed but not cured. This animation explains in detail what happens when someone has asthma.
What is Asthma?
Asthma comes from the Greek word for "panting."Asthma is the biggest common disorder found commonly in children and adults both. It can be acute or chronic.When you take a breath, the air goes from your mouth or nose to the windpipe (or trachea), where it then travels to the lungs. It first enters the lungs through the bronchi, a group of tubes that branch off from the windpipe, and the bronchi then branch off into bronchioles. Asthma attacks occur when the bronchi and bronchioles come in contact with a foreign invader, or asthma "trigger.
There are certain triggers which evoke Asthma attacks like weather changes, food spices, Oils, fragrances, dust, pollution and food colors, preservatives and stress etc. Certain allergies are also common in Asthma patients. Urticaria (reddening of skin in patches) is the one.
(In my husband’ case he is allergic to cold water, refrigerated food and curd. My kid is allergic to food preservative and colors).
The symptoms of Asthma are scary and frustrating to witness, especially in children. Common asthma symptoms include:
- Coughing, especially at night
- Shortness of breath
- Chest tightness, pain, or pressure
(Symptoms may vary person to person).
1) Fig: - Fig helps to drain phlegm and alleviate breathing difficulties. It has several other health benefits as well. Soak five dried figs in cold water overnight and consume empty stomach in the morning daily.
2) Honey: - Honey works wonder in treating Asthma. You should inhale honey daily. It helps to normalize breathing. Mix a teaspoonful of honey with lemon water or milk and drink it daily.
3) Garlic: - Garlic helps to clear the congestion in the lungs. Roast some garlic cloves on the pan and consume before going to bed. Take 10-12 cloves of garlic and boil them in half a cup of milk, have this solution daily.
4) Ginger: - Ginger due to it medicinal properties is well known for curing throat infections and lungs problems. Cut 1 inch of ginger and boil it with one glass of water. Allow it to cool and have this solution.
Home Made Kaada (very effective):-
500 ml water
4 garlic cloves
1 inch of grated ginger
I teaspoon ajjwain (caraway seeds),
2 small and 2 big cardamoms,
1 teaspoon coriander seeds.
1 teaspoon honey.
1 teaspoon turmeric powder.
2 teaspoon jaggery.
1) Take 500 ml of water in a pan and boil it.
2) Add all ingredients (except honey). Reduce the mixture to a cup quantity.
3) Cool the solution and add honey.
Consume 2 teaspoon of this solution in morning and evening.
Many ancient treatments used massage as an effective way to heal many diseases.
1) Just put a few drops of Eucalyptus oil on a paper towel and keep it by your head when sleeping. When you breathe Eucalyptus oil it will give you relief from asthma symptoms along with cold symptoms.
2) Mix some mustard oil with a little camphor and then use this solution to massage the back of the chest. Try to massage gently and do not put too much pressure. Massaging with mustard oil will clear up the respiratory passage and help you to breathe normally
Sukhasana and pranayam guide
- Easy Pose (Sukhasana): Steps, Precautions And Health Benefits
Easy Pose - Sukhasana is one of the more popular poses for meditation. It teaches you to adopt the proper posture while sitting.
Breathing Exercises for Asthma (Pranayama) (at least 20 min daily)
- Deep breathing (deep inspiration and deep expiration): subjects sit in sukhasana and perform deep inspiration and expiration through both nostrils.
- Sasankasana breathing: subjects sit in vajrasana with their hands back, holding the right wrist with the left arm, with inhalation the person bends backward and with exhalation bends forward touching his/her forehead to the ground.
- Anuloma viloma: common breathing practice, in which subjects breathe through alternate nostrils while sitting in sukhasana.
- Bhramari chanting: sitting in sukhasana subjects inhale through both nostrils and while exhaling produce sound of female humming bee.
Some Don’ts for Asthma patient
1) Never indulge yourself in rigorous exercise.
2) Don’t take unhealthy or too much of junk food.
3) Avoid being on a very crowded or suffocating place.
4) Avoid using perfumes.
5) Don’t consume alcohol or indulge in smoking.
6) Don’t keep soft toys, pets or carpets in your room.
Always eat healthy and do your deep breathing exercise regularly. Hope you would find this article useful. Please do write your comments.