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One of the most frightening experiences in life is the inability to breathe. Everyone who suffers from asthma feels this regularly. Wheezing, coughing, gasping for breath becomes a regular way of life.
Asthma is a life-threating respiratory condition where the airway muscles contract and the mucus membranes produce excessive amounts of mucus, blocking the airways even more. Simple, everyday encounters with pets, dust or pollen can trigger a life or death struggle to breathe.
Most people with asthma rely on their inhalers to tablets but before these medications, people relied on herbal treatments. Although most doctors will scoff at herbal treatments, people used them successfully for generations.
One of the greatest benefits of using herbal treatments, rather than modern chemicals, is that herbs will strengthen your immune system. Herbs are loaded with vital minerals and vitamins that can improve your lung health as well as strengthen the immune system. Free from synthetic compounds, herbs are natural to the body, and have no side effects for most people.
If you are interested in a safer, more natural means of managing your asthma, talk to you doctor or naturopath about using some of the following 12 herbs.
1. Carom Seeds
These seeds are sometimes called Aiwain or Bishop’s Weed. Carom seeds are a mild bronchodilator, meaning they will dilate the bronchial tubes in the lungs, increasing your breathing capacity. There are several ways to use these seeds: For one, you can boil one teaspoon of carom seeds in a cup of water and inhale the steam. When it cools, you can also drink this tea. Alternately, you can place a small handful of seeds in a washrag or other type of clean cotton cloth and place in the microwave for a few seconds. When it is hot (but not hot enough to burn you), place the hot pack on your chest and neck, breathing as deeply as possible, until it cools. Repeat this every day until you get the desired results, then use as needed.
2. German Chamomile
Perhaps one of the most effective ways to prevent an asthma attack is through the use of German chamomile. There are several types of chamomile, but German chamomile (matricaria recutita) has strong antihistamine compounds that fight off allergic reactions, and therefore, asthma attacks. To get the most from this herb, be certain that you are consuming German chamomile and that you drink at least two cups of tea daily.
Most people think of ginger as something that only works for nausea and vomiting, but ginger also reduces airway contraction and inflammation. Studies have shown that the compounds in ginger enhance the muscle relaxing effects of certain asthma drugs. If you are taking any prescription muscle relaxers, ask your doctor if adding ginger to your diet can improve their function. You can drink ginger tea, and make your own by boiling a few slices of fresh, organic ginger root in boiling water. You can also add more dried ginger to your meals.
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