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Herbal Remedies for Asthma

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Asthma is on the rise in America according to recent statistical reports. Most cases of asthma are caused by one’s system being filled with excessive amounts of mucous and waste matter. Yet asthma can have numerous causes.
Some people suffer from this due to genetic predisposition. It may also develop as the body reacts to an irritant. Bronchial spasms are at times related to one’s nervous system. Hyperactivity, exhaustion, tension or anxiety can at times cause an asthma attack.

Some common allergens that bring on an attack are dust mites, animal dander, drugs, environmental pollutants, chemicals, feathers, mold, fumes, food additives and smoke from cigars or cigarettes. Humidity, dryness in the air, temperature changes, laughing, low blood sugar, exercise, stress, anxiety, adrenal disorders and fear can also bring on an asthma episode. Sometimes infections of the respiratory system such as bronchitis can be involved in symptoms of asthma.

During an asthma attack, muscles surrounding the bronchi constrict and spasms occur. The bronchial tubes swell and plug up with mucous. Some of the common symptoms are wheezing, difficulty in breathing, coughing and a feeling of tightness in the chest. Difficulty in breathing can last from a few minutes to several days, followed by remissions. The attacks can become more frequent, and the inflammation more severe as the airway is irritated on an ongoing basis. A simple diet should be followed for several weeks. This diet should exclude refined foods, tea, coffee, excess salt and too many carbohydrates, and it should include raw fruit, raw vegetables, nuts and cooked grains. Fish is very beneficial in treating an asthma condition.

Besides addressing what foods are helpful in getting well, there are a number of herbal approaches to consider, yet each person responds differently to a particular herbal recipe. People are not only what they eat and drink, but also what they breathe into their lungs. (more…)