A chronic respiratory disease, asthma refers to a condition in which a person faces difficulty in breathing. In this disease, the airways gets constricted and inflamed. While the muscles inside the bronchial walls tighten up, the airways produce extra mucus, thereby blocking the passage of air.
An incurable disease, asthma is often triggered when a person is exposed to irritants. From being mild to life-threatening ailment, asthma can affect everyone, right from men and women to children. There are various reasons for the occurrence of asthma.
Causes of Asthma
Generally asthma can be caused by environmental factors or it could be in relation to a genetic factor. Research has identified some of the many environmental and genetic factors and has provided defenses against them, yet many factors, both environmental and genetic, remain to be researched in order to fully overcome the disease. Following are a few environmental causes held responsible for causing asthma:
Maternal cigarette smoking
Poor air quality or pollution
High ozone levels
Viral respiratory infections
A sudden increased amount of allergens or irritants in the air
Tips to managing Asthma
While some form of supervised treatment is usually required to manage asthma, there are a number of things that you can do to improve respiratory health and reduce the effects of asthma on your daily life.
Exercise regularly. Many asthmatics avoid exercise for fear of inducing an asthma attack; however, it is not necessary to live a sedentary life-style. Regular, gentle exercise will help strengthen over-all lung and heart functioning and may help reduce asthma— provided you keep it in moderation and respect the limits of your fitness levels. If you are unfit, start off slowly, gradually increasing activity as your fitness levels increase.
Include Vitamin C, B6 and magnesium to your daily supplements as a lack of these vital nutrients has been implicated in a number of inflammatory conditions, including asthma.
Avoid sulfites and preservatives such as sulphur dioxide and sodium benzoate as these tend to trigger asthmatic reactions.
Keep an ‘asthma diary’ to help you to identify triggers and determine when your asthma becomes out of control.
Avoid common irritants such as spray deodorants, perfumed cleaning agents, and cigarette smoke, wherever possible.
Wear a scarf over your nose and mouth if you have to go out in cold air and avoid exercising in cold air.
Treat colds and flu as soon as they become evident.
If stress and anxiety are triggers, learn to manage these with relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and yoga.
Asthma Home Remedies
Here are the remedies lists for natural treatment to cure asthma.
Vitamin E is essential for Asthma patients so go for Sprouted wheat, Soya been, Coconut, tomato, grapes, dry furits etc.
Calcium is also essential for Asthma patents, take milk, Spinach ( Palak), Amaranth (Cholayi). Carrot Gooseberry (Amla), paneer Arrow root (Paniphal or Singhada) etc.
Two Figs (Anjeer) dipped overnight and taken in the morning for few days helps to cure Asthma.
Fenugreek (Menthi) and Carom seeds (Ajwain) boiled in water filtered and this decoction mixed with Honey taken thrice a day reguilary cure Asthma.
In one Betel leaf (Pan) put 5 Basil (Tulsi) leaves, one Clove, Pinch of Camphor (Karpoor) and fold it. Eat this everyday to cure Asthma.
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