Friday, May 23, 2008

ASTHMA : natural herbal remedies

Natural herbal remedies and techniques for asthma can keep your asthma in check and offer relief when you get an asthma attack. Here are a few natural approaches to try next time you get an asthma attack or need relief using herbal remedy for asthma instead of regular medicines. Unlike the medicines, natural herbal remedies for asthma are safe and have no side-effects, which make them ideal.

Garlic Juice: Extract juice from garlic. Mix 10 – 15 drops in warm water and take internally for quick asthma relief.
Mix, ¼ cup onion juice, honey 1 tablespoon and black pepper 1/8 tablespoon.
Mix licorice and ginger together. Take ½ tablespoon in 1 cup of water for relief from asthma.
Drink a glass of 2/3 carrot juice, 1/3 spinach juice, 3 times a day.
Add 30-40 leaves of Basil in a liter of water, strain the leaves and drink the water throughout the day effective for asthma.
Ginger, turmeric, black pepper cumin can be grounded together and mixed with honey to create a paste. A teaspoon a day of this mixture is very useful in keeping the chest clear.
Applying balm of Gilead, eucalyptus oil, cinnamon oil or clove oil to the chest and back also helps in better breathing. It is important that the essential oils are mixed with a base oil - sesame would be the best for those with dry or infection type asthma or mustard for those with congestion type asthma.
In addition to the above techniques, treatments and herbal recipes, different countries have adopted different herbal and natural remedies and treatments for treating and controlling asthma. The following is a compilation of such natural remedies and treatments that are available for controlling asthma and it's effects.
As per the Indians in Peru, the sap of the Peruvian balsam tree is very effective for asthma. The sap syrup is made which is reddish brown in color and is known to be valuable for the treatment of the respiratory ailments.
U.K. & Britain
As per the British, the syrup made from thin onion slices soaked in honey if taken 3-4 times daily improves the asthmatic condition. The other remedy used by them is the bark and leaves of ginkgo tree which is known to be effective for allergic sneezing and asthma.
Australia & Malaysia
Here Eucalyptus oil is used to relieve patients suffering from respiratory ailments and asthma. The leaves contain rutin, a bioflavonoid that can reduce inflammation in bronchial tubes. You can make a simple eucalyptus infusion by steeping a handful of fresh or dried leaves for 20 minutes in a quart of boiling water. You need to breathe the vapors of the steaming tea or drink it in small doses. It is advisable to dilute the eucalyptus oil in water before using it.
Egyptian natural therapists regularly recommend figs, grapes, or juniper fruits as effective asthma remedies
Chinese use tea leaves, which contain theophylline, which is an effective herbal asthma reliever. They stir fry ephedra roots in honey and mix them with apricot kernels as effective reliever for asthma.
Greece & Rome
Ancient Greeks and Romans used garlic, pepper, cinnamon, and vinegar as effective remedies for asthma. As per them these pungent foods can promote watery secretions in the nose and respiratory tract, which help to clean out clogged passages.
Other traditional remedies like freshwater fish, parsley, mint, watercress, fenugreek, radishes, quinces, raisins, or barley porridge are also used extensively. Many of these foods control inflammation of the airways by thinning mucus, dilating passageways and improving the ability of the respiratory system to function by providing vitamins and minerals.
The Greeks also recommend tea made of fennel seeds, which provides relief not only from the symptoms of asthma but also from many other respiratory ailments. Fennel contains rutin, and vitamins and minerals including calcium and potassium.
Europe and Canada
Here drinking two 8 oz cups of strong brewed coffee is recommended as a common remedy for asthma. It is said to provide relief within an hour or two and lasts for about 6 hours. But, in order to work, the coffee should be used only in controlled manner as a medicine, to prevent or alleviate an attack. Too much of coffee, will develop an insensitivity to its effects. Methylated xanthines are found in coffee, tea, and chocolate, and are diuretics as well as bronchodilators.

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