written by: Kumara Velu
• edited by: Diana Cooper
• updated: 11/23/2010
If you’re not responding well to your current medication or would like to complement it, you could try these allergic bronchial asthma natural treatment tips.
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Although there’s a strong genetic link to asthma, it has been accepted by medical experts that allergy plays an important role in triggering an asthma attack.
It’s the mast cells, eosinophilis and T lymphocytes that are responsible for causing the allergy and releasing chemicals like histamine. Histamine, for your information, is responsible for causing nasal blockage and dripping when you suffer from a cold. In the case of asthma, it causes the constriction of airways, making breathing difficult.
In the case of allergic bronchial asthma, preventive measures play an important part in coping with the condition. The first step will be to identify what causes the allergy. Is it pollen, perfume, dust or some foods? If the cause is successfully identified, then half the battle is won. Identify what are the allergens that can trigger an asthma attack. Once you’ve identified them, your next step would be to do all you can to avoid the allergy-causing situations.
If you’re under medication for allergic bronchial asthma and would want to complement that with some natural treatment for allergic bronchial asthma, here are some natural herbs and home remedies you could consider.
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Licorice root has been used over the ages to ease breathing and clear the breathing passageways.
Gingko Biloba, well-known for its healing powers, has been found useful to control allergic reactions, shock and thrombosis, among others. A recent study showed that patients with asthma who took 600mg of gingko, had their airway hypersensitivity reduced.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa), a natural antiseptic and an anti-inflammatory agent, used in traditional Indian medicine for years, has a calming effect on asthma. A recent trial in India showed that patients who consumed about 6 to 12 grams of turmeric powder fried in ghee found their symptoms effectively reduced.
Chinese Skullcap (Scutellaria baicalensis) is a herb well-known for having a positive effect on many conditions including asthma. Its baicalin, wogonin and baicalein content inhibits the release of histamine from the mast cells mentioned above. It helps reduce hypersensitivity and inflammation in the patient’s airways.
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These home remedies make good allergic bronchial asthma natural treatment. They present virtually no side effects because they are mostly derived from food items.
A combination of honey and ginger juice has a positive effect on asthma. Add a few drops of ginger juice to a teaspoon of honey and take it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Two tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and a tablespoon of water also helps.
Turmeric powder provides effective relief as well. Mix a teaspoon of turmeric powder in a glass of warm water and consume it at least twice a day. The powder could also be added to about 200ml of milk and consumed thrice daily on an empty stomach for at least a month.
Mustard seeds also work wonderfully in the event of an asthma attack . Mustard oil added with a little camphor if rubbed on the chest will make breathing easier as it loosens up any accumulated phlegm. When the patient breathes easier, get her to inhale the steam from boiling water which is mixed with mustard and cumin seeds. This will open up the air passages.
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http://www.webmd.com - overview of allergic bronchial asthma
http://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com - natural herbs for bronchial asthma
http://www.ayurvediccure.com - home remedies for bronchial asthma
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