Asthma, a common respiratory disorder, can occur in both children as well as adults. The disease is characterized by episodic constriction and inflammation of the bronchial tubes and can be acute as well as chronic type.
Triggers for Asthma:
In general, the attacks of asthma occur when there is an obstruction in the flow of air into the lungs. Allergies, air pollution, cold air, respiratory infections, stress, strong emotions and physical activities are some of the common triggers of asthma. Preservatives and additives in the foods as well as in some medicines are another causative factors for asthma.
Symptoms of Asthma:
Shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, coughing and difficulty in breathing are some of the common symptoms of Asthma. These symptoms may be sometimes minor and sometimes even life threatening. Hence the treatment is required to treat the disease. Ayurveda can be one of them.
Herbs for Asthma attack:
Herbs offer a natural way to cure any disease. Being natural, these herbs reduce the risk of side effects too. Hence a healthy way to manage asthma. A number of herbs have been used in Ayurveda for curing asthma.
The common among them are explained below:
Ginger is one of an excellent herbs that has anti-inflammatory properties. The herb helps toreduce the airway inflammation as well as inhibit airway contraction.
Garlic is another popular herb which is used to treat an asthma attack. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, the herb helps clear congestion in the lungs, thereby giving a great option to manage the disorder. Moreover, antibiotic and antiviral properties of this herb are an added advantage to boost immunity.
Oregano is also one of a powerful herbs for treating asthma. The herb possesses anti-inflammatory properties and is rich in carvacrol, flavonoids as well as terpenes that actually work as lung-cleansing elements.
The herb Ginkgo biloba contains antihistamine and anti-inflammatory properties that are also helpful in managing the symptoms of asthma.
Licorice is another great herb for the treatment of asthma. It has a systemic anti-inflammatory effect on the lungs. It helps to reduce the inflammation of the bronchial tubes. It helps to calm the airways and restore normal breathing too. It also has immune-stimulant properties, hence a great herb for boosting immune system too.
Diet for Asthma patients:
Healthy diet is the key source to manage the symptoms of a disease. A person suffering from the problem of asthma should take a diet that contains high amount of Vitamin C and E, flavonoids, beta carotene, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids as well as selenium. These foods lower the risk of asthma attacks. Trans fat should be highly avoided. A patient should eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. But make sure you are not eating in excess as it will lead to obesity. Healthy weight is a must.
Here are some ways that can help a patient to manage asthma.
- Allergy proof covers should be used on pillows and mattresses.
- Keep your pets away from your bedroom as well as furniture as much as possible.
- Carpets and stuffed toys should not be kept in the bedroom.
- Always keep your bathroom clean and dry.
- Avoid the surrounding areas where people smoke.
- Limit the use of harsh chemicals containing products for cleaning and washing.
- Exercise often as this is an excellent way to reduce stress and hence a contributing preventive measure for asthma.
- Manage your seasonal allergies with the medicines or herbs or a healthy diet.
Along with the medicines, healthy diet and exercise as well as above mentioned preventive measures can help a patient to manage his or her symptoms of asthma.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. WEBSITE – WWW.PLANETAYURVEDA.COM