Home Remedies for Asthma
Is there an asthma herbal treatment? A word of advice to acute asthma sufferers: Don’t quit your medicine just yet! Asthma herbal treatment is usually considered complimentary to asthma therapy. If your asthma is not so severe you might want to experiment with some of the herbal treatment suggested on this page and see what works for you.
There’s a fine line that can be quite blurry between asthma and allergies. With children, asthma and allergies, like hay fever, many times overlap since the histamine that cause the allergy can also trigger asthma. Though Asthma is one of the leading illnesses among kids, most sufferers are adults.
Asthma is not only triggered by allergies (pollution, food, pollen, dust, and dander) but can be genetic as well. In that case you would be more prone to airway inflammation and have over sensitive bronchi. The mucus produced in your airways might be thicker than normal as well.
In order to identify food allergies that that lead to asthma, you need to go through an elimination process, like on the TV show ‘Survivor!’ (Asthma can be life threatening!):
- Food that causes an immediate respiratory reaction may be nuts, eggs, legumes, shellfish and fish.
- Food that causes a delayed respiratory effect may be wheat products, citrus fruit, artificial food coloring and milk. (Remember dairy products cause extra phlegm, so even though you’re not allergic to milk, it could cause your mucus to increase in thickness and amount.)
Asthma Symptoms usually include a combination of the following:
- Chest tightness
- Acid reflux
- Difficulty breathing
The general consensus is that Asthma can’t be cured, but need to be controlled with allergy medication like anti-inflammatory steroids and bronchodilators. This is where asthma herbal treatment can benefit you when you use it along side your regular medication. You would need to discuss this with your doctor though; some herbs like Turmeric can actually boost the effect of your conventional medication so that you can get by on less meds.
Herbs for Asthma
- Lobelia, Licorice and Ginkgo that help relax spasms in your airways and thin the
- mucus so that you can breathe easier.
- Turmeric, is anti-inflammatory and so relieves allergic reactions.
- Garlic is also a good expectorant that help coughing up phlegm, eat lots of it!
- Caffeine can actually be helpful during an asthma attack. (Coffee would be more potent than chocolate!)