For those who can live without daily asthma control medicine, learning how to treat asthma naturally can be a gift and improve your overall quality of life. As with any illness, severity varies among those suffering from the disease. Some can control their symptoms with diet, some need extra help in the form of supplements. Others may need an inhaled corticosteroid just to get through their days.
If you’re looking for herbal solutions, you are off to a great start here are 3 natural solutions for asthma treatment!
A common name for euphorbia hirta is the Asthma Plant. It has been used in traditional medicine for many reasons. Asthma, malaria, chronic cough, diarrhea, immune system support, blood cancers, anemia, and female reproductive health are just a few of the things that have been treated with this plant. It can be found as an extract in capsule form, as a powder or in seed form to grow your own if you are in a warm climate.
These plants are native to the tropical Americas, so in colder climates the plant may not yield enough to harvest for medicinal use. Powders and extracts are available for purchase online if you cannot find them locally.
Bromelain is a group of enzymes found in one of our favorite fruits, pineapple. However, consuming pineapple alone, will not give you the therapeutic dose needed to help control asthma symptoms. Bromelain supplements are readily available.
It is suggested that 200-400 mg three times daily is a sufficient dosage for an adult and 90mg – 200 mg three times daily for children. Bromelain is considered to be safe and inexpensive and is an excellent supplement to try in addition to whatever daily regimen you are already on for the control of asthma.
Holy basil is a staple in Ayurvedic medicine. It is referred to as “Mother Medicine of Nature” for many reasons. Its wide range of benefits include heart health, relief of headaches, diabetes control, cancer prevention, and stress reducing just to name a few. It is believed to be a “total” medicine for mind, body, and spirit.
No surprise, it is used to treat respiratory illnesses as well. A daily dose of 300mg per day is recommended to reap the anti-inflammatory benefits that will help manage your asthma. It is available in capsule form as well as the dried herb for making tea. You can also grow holy basil virtually anywhere in the U.S. and keep the fresh plant on hand.
Whole Body Management
A healthy diet is always the best medicine. Noteworthy foods that can help with the frequency and severity of asthma related emergencies are garlic, ginger, honey, Vitamin C rich foods, Omega fatty acid rich foods and Vitamin E rich foods. The Best takeaway from this is, eat your fruits and veggies!
Practice Yoga, as focus on breath and controlled breathing can also help manage asthma naturally. Try these alongside your current regimen and you are likely to see improvements in your respiratory health.
Breathe freely, purposefully, and deeply. And as always… Happy Healing!