The condition when a person suffers from a respiratory disorder, which leads into blockage and inflammation in the respiratory tract, is known as Asthma. The symptoms associated with asthma, include breathing with a whistling sound, uncontrolled coughing, difficulty in breathing, and chest congestion. There are some allergens in the environment which provides stimulation to asthmatic condition like molds, pollens, mites and dust. Other stimulants are viral sickness, chilled air and emotional stress. The other factor is heredity, which is responsible for asthma.
There are also possibility of food allergens stimulation in asthmatic condition. Sometimes there is a possibility of allergens in the additives or preservatives in the foods, which includes shellfish, nuts, wheat, dairy items and food colorings dye like tartrazine.
Asthma can be controlled by doing or introducing some dietary changes. The asthmatic patients suffer from a lot of side-effects because of the allopathic drugs but there are Ayurvedic treatments available with no side-effects, which is the best treatment for the disease.
Dietary Changes To Avoid Asthma
The regular use of cigarette is also important factor of asthmatic condition. So, it should be avoided. Also the exposure of dust particles should be prevented to reduce the chances of chronic condition in asthma.
Avoid Processed Or Preserved Food
The chemicals in preserve and processed food are highly dangerous for the health. The use of these chemicals can trigger the asthmatic conditions, so they should be avoided. Use of refined carbohydrates like sugar/ processed starches, hydrogenated/ partially hydrogenated oils, food additives, flavorings agents and sweeteners.
There are lots of chemicals used as food additives which increases the symptoms of the asthma. Every asthmatic person behave differently to these chemicals.But some patients possess high sensitivity to these chemicals used as preservatives or additives.So they should avoid such foods which contain such kinds of additives. These additives are present in meat, cheeses, fast foods, bacon, wine and beer. If someone is sensitive to sulfites, he can use supplements of both vitamin B12 and the mineral molybdenum. These will help in the oxidation and metabolism of sulfites. It can also help in decreasing the inflammation due to sulfites exposure. In some cases, the use of vitamin B12 has also been linked to the asthmatic conditions.
Avoid Exercising In Dry/Cold Weather
Although exercising is important for physical heath but the conditions of cold and dry weather should be avoided by the asthma patients. The person can use anti-stress therapies and meditation.
Use Health Supplement
The use of omega-3s is good for asthma patient. The oils of fish and flaxseed are best known sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They decrease the inflammation from the body of asthma patient.
The presence of antioxidants can be useful if taken in daily diet supplement. Their main aim is to alter free radical activity which are responsible for the stimulation of inflammation. The list is as follows; bioflavonoids (hesperidin and rutin), quercetin bromelain and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC). The list also contains vitamins A, C, and E. The use of enzyme bromelain is also known for its antioxidant activity, but if taken without food, can cause inflammation reaction.
Herbal Medicines Used Commonly To Heal Asthma
Haldi or Curcuma Longa
The presence of anti-oxidants in the herb reduces the free radicals and improves the immunity. It has anti-inflammatory properties which makes it a strong herb for various allergies, infections and inflammations. So it is very effective remedy for the asthma patients.
Ephedra or Ephedra sinica
It is also known as Ma huang in Chinese, used in the asthma conditions. It should be used in the guidance of expert practitioner as it may increase heart rate and irritability. It is useful to open blocked airways, hence called as bronchodilator.
Vanshlochan or Ambusa arudinacea
This herb helps in reliving cough and cleaning of respiratory system. It also improves the problem of dry cough and sore throat. The asthmatic conditions can be healed by this herb.
Pippali or Piper longum
The use of Pippali is also used to cure the problem of mucus and cold. It relieves the congestion and possess the property of bronchodilator. Effective against asthmatic conditions.
Ela or Elletteria cardamomum
It reduces the Vata and Kapha, is effective in sore throat and severe coughing because of influenza and cold. It is effective medicine and relieve the asthmatic condition.
Dalchini or Cinnamomum zeylanica
It is helpful to cure respiratory tract infections, relieve cough and excess mucus from the lungs. It is also effective against cough, cold and bronchitis. It cures the problem of asthma and relive the person from severe coughing.