If you have asthma you’ll know how it feels: the wheezing, the coughing, and the shortness of breath. You’ll be familiar with the tightness in your chest and the feelings of anxiety as you struggle to breathe through an attack. You wish it would go away.
Natural Remedies Can Help Ease Your Symptoms
As there is no known cure for asthma, it might never go away. But there are some powerful natural remedies that can significantly reduce your symptoms and make them more manageable. Think of these as an extra tool in your asthma management kit. Most have no side effects and are considered safe to use alongside conventional asthma medication.
Five Best Natural Anti-Inflammatories
An asthma attack occurs when inflammation in the lungs and airways causes the symptoms of an attack. These natural remedies help to counteract that response.
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Found in apples, pears and onions, quercetin works against asthma in several ways. It strengthens cell walls against breaches by allergic antibodies. When breached, these cells contain inflammatory substances called histamine and serotonin that enter the bloodstream, send the immune system into overdrive, and cause an attack. Another of quercetin’s functions is to inhibit the formation of inflammatory substances that would trigger an attack, and it also helps to prevent cells from releasing their inflammatory load. It is not well absorbed by the body so it’s best taken in conjunction with bromelain.
Taken from the stem and juice of pineapples, bromelain has the ability to reduce the swelling of the airways caused by inflammation. It also limits the action of inflammatory substances released during the process of metabolism. It is powerful in its action against asthma when combined with quercetin. Together, they address symptoms on several fronts, by inhibiting the formation of inflammatory substances, suppressing the body’s response to histamine, and reducing the damage caused by free radicals.
Serrapeptase is an enzyme produced by the silkworm to break down its cocoon. It works as an asthma remedy by breaking down leukocytes (a type of white blood cell used in the immune response) and excess mucous. It also enables the body to repair any damage to airway tissue.
Curcumin has several powerful actions against asthma. It works by lowering the levels of inflammatory enzymes that cause the symptoms of asthma, and it acts as an antioxidant, scavenging free radicals that cause tissue damage and further inflammation. It also acts as an expectorant, aiding the lungs in clearing excess mucous. It is not well absorbed by the body so it is best taken with some kind of oil and black pepper to aid absorption.
Ginger inhibits the formation of the enzymes that cause inflammation and also acts as a relaxant in the smooth muscles of the airways, leading to easier breathing and less constriction from attacks.
Asthma Doesn’t Have To Control Your Life
By adding these handy natural remedies to your asthma management kit and making some simple lifestyle changes, you can make your symptoms more manageable. Most have no known side effects but check with your doctor first if you are uncertain. Then you can have greater peace of mind, knowing that your asthma symptoms are under control.