Asthma is an allergic reaction of the body to one or more allergens.
Some natural cure found effective in treatment of Asthma include:
Take a teaspoon of fresh ginger juice and mix it with a cup of fenugreek decoction.
Fenugreek decoction can be made by adding one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water. Now add some honey to the mixture for taste. This should be given twice in a day for better results.
Bishop’s Weed relieves difficult expectoration caused by dried-up phlegm.
Half a teaspoon of bishop’s weed should be mixed in a glass of buttermilk and taken twice daily.
A hot poultice of the seeds should be used for dry fomentation to the chest , twice daily.
The patient can also inhale steam twice a day from boiling water mixed with bishop’s seeds , which helps dilate the bronchial passages.
Honey thins out accumulated mucus and helps in elimination of mucus from the body. It also tones up the pulmonary lining and prevents the production of mucus in the future.
Holding a jug of honey under the nose of the asthma patient , so that the patient can inhale the air that comes out from it. This helps the patient breathe easier and deeper. The effect lasts for an hour or so. One to two teaspoons of honey are enough to provide relief. Honey can also be taken in a cup of milk or water.
A soup made of drumstick leaves should be taken once daily for relief. To make the soup add a handful of drumstick leaves to 180ml of water and boil it for five minutes. Cool it to room temperature and add lime juice to it.
Juice of one lemon should be diluted in a glass of water. This should be taken along with meals and this will give good results.
Bitter gourd roots
One teaspoon of the root paste should be mixed with an equal amount of honey or juice of the basil leaves . This should be given once daily night for a month.
Figs helps in draining out the phlegm thus providing relief to the patient.
Three or four dry figs should be cleaned thoroughly with warm water and soaked overnight. They should be eaten first thing in the morning , along with water in which it was soaked.
Continue this for about two months for better results.
Garlic is very effective in early stages of asthma.
Take ten garlic cloves , boil them in 30 ml of milk. This mixture should be taken once daily. Steaming ginger tea with two minced garlic cloves in it , should be taken in the morning and evening. This helps in keeping the disease under control.
Five grams of Indian gooseberry should be mixed with one tablespoon of honey. Take this every morning for better results. When fresh fruit is not available ,dry gooseberry powder can be mixed with honey.
A decoction made of linseed cures congestion in asthma and prevents recurrence of attacks.
To make this decoction boil one teaspoon of linseed powder and piece of palm candy in two cups of water till the mixture is reduced to half.
Take this decoction with a tablespoon of milk once daily. This provides relief from chest congestion . Simultaneously, a linseed poultice should be applied externally during the attack, at the lung bases.
Safflower seeds acts as an expectorant and reduces the spasms by liquefying the tenacious sputum. An infusion of five grams of flowers mixed with one tablespoon of honey, taken once daily is also effective for asthma.
Dry safflower seeds should be powdered. Take about half a teaspoon of this powder and mix it with a tablespoon of honey .
This should be taken once or twice a day for treating asthma.
Drinking water kept in a copper vessel overnight is useful in stopping attacks of asthma. The water with the traces of copper in it, changes the tendency to get respiratory problems.
Massage with mustard oil loosens phlegm and eases breathing.
Mustard oil mixed with a little camphor should be massaged over the back of the chest during an attack.
Diet for Asthma Patients
The patient should avoid common dietetic errors. The should ideally contain a limited quantity of carbohydrates , fats, and proteins which are acid forming foods.
A liberal amount of alkali forming foods which consists of fresh fruits, green vegetables , sprouted seeds and grains should be taken.
Asthma : Foods to Avoid
The patient should avoid foods which tends to produce phlegm, like, rice, sugar, lentils and curds.
Also fried foods and difficult to digest foods should be avoided. Strong tea ,coffee, alcohol, sauces, refined foods, condiments and processed foods also should be avoided.
The patient should take up regular fasting once a week, an occasional enema to cleanse the bowels also should be taken.
Breathing exercises , fresh air, a dry climate , light exercises and correct posture are very essential in treating this disease.