Asthma is a respiratory disease in which breathing patterns get affected. Asthma can be acute or chronic. Some common inducers of asthma are allergy, infection, stress, pollutions and anxiety.
Asthma can be treated with herbs. There are many herbs that can treat asthma without producing any adverse effects to the body. Some of them are given below.
Aniseed is an anti-bacterial agent. It is capable of clearing mucus from air pathways and provides comfort in asthma. It can be used as tea.
Forskolin is an active component of Coleus Forshkholii. It is a potent bronchodilator. It can be effectual against asthma but it should be avoided with other medications. It can react adversely if used with anti-coagulants and high blood pressure medicines.
Glycyrriza is effective against asthma because it can calm respiratory pathways. This herb is effectual but should not be used by patients of high blood pressure.
Wheezing is present in asthma that can be relieved by making tea of gingko biloba by adding 1 teaspoon of it (dried) in boiling water. Honey can be used to improve its taste.
Licorice root is an anti-inflammatory agent that can treat asthma. Its tea can be made by adding one or two teaspoons of licorice root in water. Drink it to ease asthma.
Lobelia is a toxic herb but effectual against asthma. For treating asthma, only small doses of lobelia are required. Heart patients should use it only after consulting doctor. Its tea is used.
Another name of Ma Huang is Ephedra. It is a bronchodilator, which means it can open airways to allow trouble free gaseous exchange. However, this herb should be used only after taking doctor’s advice. Ma Huang elevates heart rate; if you are a heart patient, increased heart rate can be harmful. It also increases irritability.
Mustard oil is reported to be effectual against asthma. It is mixed with camphor and massaged on back to provide relieve.
Reishi mushrooms have many positive health effects. In Chinese medicine, it is of great importance. It has anti-inflammatory and immune boosting effects. It has been used to increase lung strength for ages. In asthma, Reishi can be used as whole or concentrated herbal tincture. It can also be added in foods.
Infection is one cause of asthma and thymus is anti-bacterial that makes it effectual in asthma. It is capable of cleaning lungs and improving respiratory system. It can be used in the form of tea and oil.
It is well said that prevention is better than cure. Above mentioned herbs are effective for treating asthma but it is better if you avoid triggers of it. Some things that you can do are:
- Avoid keeping pets
- Wash your mattress to avoid dust.
- Reduce your exposure to pollens.
- Keep away from mold spores by staying away from damp and dark places. It can minimize your exposure.
- Don’t smoke.
- Save yourself from cold weather.
- Stay clean.
- Don’t take stress.