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The Use of Natural Medications for Asthma

written by: Nishaat • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 1/27/2011

Using natural meds for asthma has been a tradition throughout the centuries. Learn how to help prevent asthma symptoms through use of the Buteyko Breathing Technique, cloves, honey and other natural ingredients.

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    Asthma is a respiratory problem, generally seen in children. Almost 20% of the world population suffers from asthma attacks. When the lungs become filled with any foreign particle such as dust or dander, it creates irritation and causes partial blocking of the windpipe, which leads to asthmatic attacks. It is believed that asthma heals itself with time. Even though there are several conventional methods to keep asthma under control, there are several natural meds for asthma that have the potential in preventing attacks. Here is a short descriptive list about them.

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    Buteyko Breathing Technique

    This is a shallow breathing technique developed by Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko, Russian researcher. In this, the level of carbon dioxide is raised in the body through shallow breathing. The technique is similar to ‘pranayama’. A research on 60 people practicing Buteyko Breathing Technique showed significant reduction in asthma symptoms and less dependence on inhalers.

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    Honey

    To help prevent an onset of asthmatic attacks, add two teaspoons of honey to a glass of lukewarm milk, mix and drink before going to bed. Another honey based remedy is to mix a tablespoon of honey with a half tablespoon of safflower seeds and take once a day. This may help curb the frequency of asthma attacks.

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    Copper Vessel Water

    If you have a copper vessel at home, fill it with water and let it sit overnight. First thing in the morning, drink the water (even before brushing your teeth). Copper is known to act as a decongesting agent for respiratory problems and when you fill water in a copper vessel, its elements are absorbed into the water. Therefore, drinking this water will help decongest the respiratory tract and provide natural protection against asthma attacks.

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    Cloves

    There are two variants to this. If you have seasonal asthma, boil a glass of milk with 8-10 cloves of garlic. After the milk cools, take out the boiled garlic cloves and drink the milk. This is an excellent natural remedy against seasonal asthma. Another alternative is to boil five tablespoons of water with 6-7 pieces of garlic cloves until all the water soaks away. After this, add one tablespoon of honey and mix it properly. Take this decoction three times a day.

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    Other Remedies

    These are just a few basic and simple natural meds for asthma. The best remedy above all to help prevent yourself from getting asthma attacks is to stay away from triggers such as dust, strong smelling perfumes and foods which may increase attacks. Protect your nose and mouth when you are out on the streets and keep your home free of allergen material, especially the place where you spend most of your time. Read on to learn more about holistic cures for asthma.

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    References

    About.com: Natural Remedies for Asthma - http://altmedicine.about.com/od/aznaturalremedyindex/a/asthma.htm

    Natural-Home Remedies: Home Remedies for Asthma - http://www.natural-homeremedies.org/homeremedies-asthma.htm