Natural Remedies For Treating Asthma

Have You Tried Any of These Natural Remedies For Asthma?

Vitamins and Asthma
Vitamins and Asthma. Pat Bass

As most asthma sufferers know, there’s a huge cost associated with managing asthma symptoms with prescription drugs and natural asthma remedies may help.  And while having a rescue inhaler on hand and relying on prescription drugs in case of emergency is absolutely essential to help assure that minor asthma symptoms don’t turn into major complications, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some great natural treatment options out there that can help asthma sufferers in addition to your controller medication.

 

Each of these natural remedies may help asthma sufferers manage symptoms, improve control and avoid asthma attacks, but it should be stressed that different natural remedies for asthma prove to be effective for different unique cases. There is not always evidence from clinical trials and other studies to support their effectiveness.  Your doctor may also not be familar with comlementary treatments for asthma.

Try each of the following natural remedies below if you suffer from asthma, and find what works best for you. However, make sure that you talk with your asthma doctor before launching on a new asthma treatment to make sure it will not interfere with your current asthma action plan. Never stop your rescue or controller asthma medication before talking with your doctor first.

1.  Steam Baths

While steam baths and saunas won’t cure asthma by any means, they can do a lot to help manage some of the most annoying asthma symptoms.

  Steam baths can help alleviate nasal congestion and sinus stuffiness, and can help asthmatics breathe easier as a result even without having a huge impact on the function of the lungs themselves.  However, some asthma sufferers have reported that the heat from steam baths can actually exacerbate symptoms, so be very careful of jumping straight to intensely hot steam baths.

2.  Vitamin C

Seen as something of a “wonder vitamin” for a long time now, Vitamin C can help prevent some common illnesses that make asthma symptoms flare up.  Getting enough Vitamin C helps immune systems fight off everything from common colds to more intense contagions like the flu.  In addition, studies have shown that Vitamin C has a direct effect on asthma symptoms, helping reduce bronchoconstriction and making it easier for asthma sufferers to draw deep breaths and maintain regular breathing patterns, making this one of the natural remedies for asthma everyone should try. If you decide to take vitamins to supplement your asthma treatment make sure you understand the difference between fat and water soluble vitamins.

3.  Ginger

Ginger is easy to consume orally and can be included in large amounts in lots of cooking, or eaten straight in candied and dried forms.  And for asthma sufferers, consuming ginger orally may be able to help reduce inflammation, which has a big effect on managing asthma symptoms.

  However, as of now, studies have not been able to draw a direct link between consuming ginger and increased lung function.  More studies are currently being done, and more definitive information will be released soon, but in the meantime, ginger is easy to consume and can be easily worked into the diet as a potential naturalistic treatment. There is also a low risk of side effects.

4.  Omega 3’s

Omega 3 fatty acids are found in fish, nuts, and many other healthy fat sources, and recent research has shown that our modern diets are hugely deficient in Omega 3’s on average.  Consuming more Omega 3’s as part of a Western diet helps decrease inflammation, which again helps asthma sufferers mitigate many of the most common symptoms affiliated with inflamed airways.  Omega 3’s can be easily consumed through commercially available over the counter supplements, or easily added to the diet by consuming more fish and nuts.

5.  Turmeric

A member of the ginger family, this plant has some similar effects and can help treat asthma symptoms in similar ways, by potentially decreasing bronchial inflammation and helping asthma sufferers breathe more easily.  In addition to these benefits, though, turmeric has been shown to have antihistamine properties, which can help asthma sufferers avoid major reactions to allergens.  Turmeric can be bought as a concentrated powder and added to smoothies or otherwise orally consumed.

6.  Beta Carotene

This compound, which can be commonly found in carrots and some other colorful veggies, has been shown in preliminary studies to help decrease instances of exercise induced asthma in asthma sufferers.  Additionally, this compound also has been shown to help increase immune system efficiency, again help asthma sufferers avoid common ailments which can exacerbate asthma symptoms.  Aside from carrots, you can find beta carotene in sweet potatoes, bell peppers, and apricots, or take it as a standalone supplement.  If you do take the supplement approach, through in a vitamin A supplement too, as vitamin A is required for your body to use beta carotene most effectively. 

7.  Magnesium

Magnesium has long been known to help control muscle spasms and relax muscle tissues, and consuming this compound as a supplement could help asthma sufferers by relaxing their airways and decreasing the frequency of lung contractions.  As a bronchodilator, magnesium helps the airways remain open and breathing easily.  You can find magnesium in dark leafy greens, nuts, seeds, beans, avocados, bananas, and lots of other healthy dietary choices, so it shouldn’t be hard to boost up your levels as an asthma sufferer and see if your symptoms are relieved at all. 

Try These Natural Treatments, But Stay Safe

Each of these natural remedies for asthma has been shown to have some effect in helping reduce the symptoms of asthma in some sufferers.  Unfortunately, not all have been scientifically proven, so make sure to talk with your doctor before taking a new supplement. But make sure to still keep your inhaler on hand, and stay safe by combining natural remedies with any medications your doctor recommends. 

Sources

Mayo Clinic.  “Asthma: Alternative medicine.”  http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/asthma/basics/alternative-medicine/con-20026992

Everyday Health:  “Natural Remedy Options for Asthma Treatment.”  http://www.everydayhealth.com/asthma/natural-remedies-for-asthma.aspx

The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians.  “A Holistic Approach to the Treatment of Asthma.”  http://www.naturopathic.org/content.asp?contentid=495

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