Asthma a chronic condition with symptoms of cough, wheezing, and/or difficulty breathing. These symptoms occur periodically, usually related to specific triggering events. Children with asthma have narrowed airways during these episodes; the narrowing is partially or completely reversible with asthma treatments.
In addition, the airways of children with asthma are sensitive to a variety of stimuli, which may include viral illnesses (eg, the common cold), pollen, foods, or environmental conditions.
Asthma is the most common chronic disease in children in developed countries, affecting about 12 percent of children who are less than 18 years.
Causes of Asthma
Mainly bronchial in its symptoms, asthma is cased by a variety of factors. For many it is an allergic condition resulting from the reaction of the system of the weather, food, drugs, perfumes and other irritants which vary with different individuals. Allergies to dust are the most common.
Some persons are sensitive to the various forms of dust like cotton dust, wheat dust and paper dust, some pollens, animal hair, fungi and insects, especially cockroaches. Food which generally causes allergic reactions are wheat, eggs, milk, chocolates, beans, potato, pork and beef.
For others, asthma may result from the abnormal body chemistry involving the system’s enzymes or a defect in muscular action within the lungs. Quite often, however, asthma is precipitated by a combination of allergic and non-allergic factors including emotional tension, air pollution, infections and hereditary factors. It has been estimated that when both parents have asthma or hay fever, in 75 to 100 percent cases, the offspring also has allergic reactions.
Home Remedies for Asthma
Take a tablespoonful of safflower seeds and add a tablespoonful of honey to them. Eat this once a day.
Make a paste of Indian gooseberry, banyan root and honey. Mix 250 gm Indian gooseberry, 50 gm banyan root and 125 ml honey and make a paste. Consume this paste 1 tsp at a time.
Another remedy would be to take a glass of limejuice, to which a teaspoonful of ginger juice has been added.
Boil a glass of milk, with ten garlic cloves in it. After the milk comes to a boil, remove it from heat, strain and let it cool down. Drinking this decoction would effectively reduce asthmatic attacks.
Drumstick leaves, when boiled in water, efficiently cures asthma problems. In a cup of water, put a small cluster of drumstick leaves and bring to a boil. After boiling for 3 to 4 minutes, strain the water. Add a few drops of lime juice, along with pinch of salt and pepper. Drinking this will help cure asthma.
Put three tbsp of water in a pan and add six pieces of cloves. Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and strain. Let it cool down a bit, add a tsp of honey and eat the mixture.
Diet Plan for Asthma
The patient should avoid common dietetic errors. Ideally, his diet should contain a limited quantity of carbohydrates, fats and proteins which are 'acid-forming' foods, and a liberal quantity of alkali-forming foods consisting of fresh fruits, green vegetables, sprouted seeds, and grains. The patient should avoid foods which tend to produce phlegm, such as rice, sugar, lentils, and yoghurt. He should also avoid fried and other difficult to-digest foods, strong tea, coffee, alcoholic beverages, condiments pickles, sauces and all refined and processed foods.
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