Asthma is a fairly common malady. Asthmatic individuals who are prone to experiencing symptoms often must take measures to manage and/or mitigate symptoms. There are various means to do this, and here we look at some natural products that can be of assistance.
Experiencing and Treating Asthma
Asthma is a condition that is the result of immune oversensitivity, which affects the airways and a person’s ability to breathe. An asthma “attack,” or flare-up, is most often precipitated by one or more triggers. These triggers are common to the experiences of asthma for most people. They include respiratory infection, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and stress. Other triggers include environmental elements such as dust and pollen, tobacco smoke, and even air that is cold and dry.
During an asthma flare-up, a person’s breath becomes short and difficult. This is due to simultaneous inflammation of the airways due to a contraction of the muscles surrounding them, as well as excess mucus production in the airways.
Asthma can occur in children and adults. Medical consultation is a necessity for those who develop asthma. For those with the condition, avoiding triggers is essential to avoiding asthma flare-ups. As for the treatment of asthma, there are diverse types of treatment, but a fast-acting inhaler containing airway-expanding medication is the first and most used line of defense against a flare-up. Other steps can be taken to manage asthma flare-ups.
Natural Remedies to Mitigate Asthma
The following natural herbs and supplements each have the potential to remediate asthma flare-ups and their symptoms. When used within the context of other lifestyle decisions that mitigate asthma, these can be of significant help. Consult your healthcare provider before using any of these for the first time.
Eucalyptus oil is one of the best essential oils for helping the airways. A few drops of eucalyptus oil added to hot water and made to steam can be therapeutic. Inhaling this steam infused with eucalyptus oil-infused steam can alleviate inflammation in the airways. Before bedtime is an ideal time for someone to do this, if they are prone to asthma flare-ups.
Turmeric, like ginger, is a spice that can work against inflammation. Turmeric has a history of traditional use to alleviate asthma flare-ups. It can help relax muscle spasms, dilate blood vessels, and improve air flow. An oral turmeric tablet is a very easy way to ingest turmeric.
Ginger, like turmeric, is a healthful spice that can reduce inflammation due to asthma. Ginger could also help improve the efficacy of certain asthma drugs that are used to relax the muscles near the airways.
Boswellia is an herb native to India. A boswellia extract supplement can help reduce the frequency of asthma flare-ups, as well as the severity of breathing difficulty that occurs during a flare-up. It can even reduce the lab measures that correlate with asthma. It should be noted that boswellia is not recommended to be taken long-term, unless a healthcare provider recommends such.
Magnesium consumed by way of dietary supplement can help reduce the muscle spasms that can occur around the airways. This can have a beneficial effect on an asthmatic’s breathing.
Asthma requires medical attention, and a conscientious approach to managing and treating it. The natural herbs and supplements discussed here could make for an additional line of defense against asthma flare-ups and the inflammation and breathing difficulty associated with them. Talk to your healthcare provider about using any of these natural remedies.