Asthma is a universal chronic airway inflammatory disease of the air passage characterized by recurring symptoms, excessive air sensitiveness and airflow obstruction. Wheezing, prolonged expiration and fast heart rate are some of the common features. Asthmatic attack generally gets exaggerated in the morning and night. The person may turn blue at severe condition. About 2.5 lakh people die every year due to this disease. The disease can be managed, controlled and cure by alternative medicine like Yoga, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy and Unani. Diet regulation, home remedy, preventions and precautions, proper exercise are some of the natural treatments and natural remedy that play vital role in the treatment of the condition.
Symptoms of asthma
- Shortness of breath
- Breathlessness at the time of attack
- Wheezing, a hissing sound at exhalation (breathe out)
- Chest tightness and pain
- Distended abdomen
- Suffered with severe anxiety
- Itchiness to throat and chin
- Frequent cough at night
- Uneasy in body and increase in palpitation
- Mucus production
- Tiredness after exercise and enhance pulse movement
- Sign of cold like sneezing, nasal congestion and sore throat are common, and some comfort during sitting
- Sleeping disorder
- Recurrent coughing
- Lower part of eyes may be darkening
- Difficult in speaking
- Moodiness, Headache, running nose, etc.
- Sweating is also common
- May difficult in hearing
Causes of asthma
- Allergy due to natural tendency/ airborne allergens (house dust, cockroaches) and irritants (tobacco smoke) trigger it.
- Childhood respiratory infection
- Environmental and biologic triggers like infections, dietary patterns, hormonal changes in women etc.
- Hypersensitivity from allergens like molds, animal dander, grass, pollens, hair, lint and grains.
- Some drugs and medications are also responsible for it. Ex. aspirin and non steroidal drugs.
- Fluctuation/Change in weather.
- Digestive disorders
- Affliction in gastrointestinal tract
Diet for Asthma
Chew your food properly and eat slowly with relax mind. To avoid over-fullness on chest, always eat less than your capacity and avoid imbalanced diet. If diet changes as per complementary and alternative medicine, there is a greater chance to bring relief in asthma. One should take diet as per COPD guidelines. Children are also at greater risk of the condition because some foods are the biggest trigger of asthma attack among children. Children with obesity are prone to it, so diet, weight loss regime and fitness is must here to reduce cholesterol.
- Green leafy vegetable, fresh fruits and herbs are quite effective for the condition due to its antioxidant features.
- Onion contains ‘quercetin’, an anti-inflammatory compound and considered as most effective remedy.
- Hot pungent may make breathing easier by opening air passage.
- Citrus fruits due to its greater content of Vitamin C have inherent power to fight it.
- Predominately vegetarian diet is the good option for the patients.
- Foods rich in Vitamin A play a vital role in curing it.
- Oxygen carrying capacity of blood increases owing to antioxidant property of Vitamin E.
- Essential fatty acids, particularly omega-3 oils reduce inflammation and alleviate attacks.
- The therapeutic aspects of Tulsi can’t be ignored.
- Flavonoids of apples reduce inflammation.
- Nasal acuteness can be minimized by taking turmeric along with honey.
- Eating of ginger and black pepper is advisable.
- Take more and more lukewarm water.
- Asthmatic diet should contain of limited quantity of carbohydrate, protein and fats. He should also take more and more quantity of alkaline foods like fresh fruits, green vegetables and Bengal gram.
Foods not for asthma
- Avoid sugar, rice, pickles, ice cream, cold drinks, curds etc. as all those help in phlegm formation.
- Spicy and pungent foods should also be avoided.
- Foods like cider, wine, beer and cheese may provoke asthma attack.
- Allergen foods that ar
Try some of the following tips” How to reduce asthma naturally”.
1. Keep an Asthma Diary
Every day, track your asthma symptoms to get a better grasp on your condition. This can help you discover your triggers and see patterns in your attacks. Your diary might include information like any asthma symptoms you experienced that day, what you were doing and where you were at the time of an attack, your medication, your diet, exercise etc.
Keeping all of this valuable data in one place will help you and your doctor lessen or prevent future attacks.
2. Get Some Sun
Despite its name, Vitamin D is actually a steroid hormone that our bodies produce when we get enough sunshine. And a whole body of research highlights Vitamin D’s important role in treating asthma.
After all, Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones, muscles, heart, brain and lungs. And what is asthma but a lung disease?
Research has found that a lack of Vitamin D is linked with a 50% increase in the risk of severe asthma attacks in children. Further studies show that Vitamin D from sun exposure during pregnancy significantly reduces the incidence of asthma in children.
3. Avoid Smoke
Even if you don’t smoke (and nobody should!) steer clear of those who do. Tobacco smoke is a powerful trigger of asthma symptoms. Not only does the smoke irritate the airways, but it damages tiny hair-like structures in the airways which remove dust and mucus, and prompts the lungs to make more mucus. All this leads to an accumulation of mucus in the airways, which could trigger an attack.
Shockingly, environmental tobacco smoke maybe even more harmful than actually smoking as the smoke that burns off the end of a cigar or cigarette contains more harmful substances than that inhaled by the smoker!
Likewise, the smoke from a fireplace or wood burning stove can set you up for an asthma attack. When the temperatures drop, dial up the thermostat or try one of these natural ways to stay warm instead.
4. Know Your Triggers
Knowing your triggers is a hugely important part of avoiding asthma attacks. It’s also one of the reasons why keeping an asthma diary is imperative. Anything from strongly scented foods to cold air or air fresheners can cause a flare-up so take note and take steps to avoid them in future.
5. Remove Home Allergens
Many people with asthma have allergies: dust mites, animal dander, mold, pollen and pests can all bring on an attack.
While no home can be 100% allergen free, eliminating as many of these potential triggers as possible can go a long way to ensuring you are in better control of your asthma symptoms.
6. Reduce Stress
While chronic stress isn’t healthy for anyone, it can be especially worrying for those with asthma. 69% of people with the condition consider stress to be an asthma trigger. That’s unsurprising, given that stress releases hormones in the body that send us into ‘fight or flight’ mode. They do this by increasing our heart rate and altering out breathing.
Learning how to cope with stress is an important strategy for asthmatics. Try exercise, massage, meditation, hydrotherapy or relaxing salt baths. Breathing techniques can be especially helpful in reducing stress and aiding asthma sufferers, as controlling breathing is key to managing an attack.
7. Maintain a Healthy Weight
Much research has found that obese people are more likely to experience more severe asthma symptoms than those with a normal body weight.
Since maintaining a healthy body weight is so important for asthma management, exercise plays an important role in any asthmatic’s treatment plan.
However, exercise can be a trigger for many so it’s important to discuss an exercise regimen with your doctor before trying anything new. As a general guideline, anything that involves short, intermittent periods of exertion – like gymnastics, interval running and golf – are well tolerated by people with asthma.
Activities that involve long periods of exertion – such as long distance running, basketball or soccer – can be problematic. Cold-weather sports can also trigger symptoms, whereas swimming can be very beneficial as it involves breathing in warm, moist air.
When participating in exercise, it can be helpful to warm up very slowly, and practice controlling your breathing – yoga can offer useful techniques in this respect.
As challenging as it can be to workout with asthma, it can be done! More than 20% of the US Olympic team competing in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games reportedly had asthma, while 70% of top UK swimmers and 33% of professional British cyclists suffer from some form of condition.
Because yoga doesn’t involve long periods of exertion, and teaches methods to control breathing, it can be a fantastic workout for asthmatics.
In a study of adults with asthma, those undertaking yoga showed better lung function and less asthma symptoms when compared with a control group.
Asthma is a very serious and potentially fatal condition. If you experience asthma symptoms for the first time, consult your doctor immediately. Those who are already being treated should follow their doctor’s orders and discuss with them any new lifestyle or dietary changes