Home Remedies for Asthma

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Imagine running out of breath after completing simple tasks, like taking a brisk walk around the track. How would you feel if you instantly gasped for air upon entering a smoke-filled room or after coming in contact with an allergen, like pollen or pet dander? Asthma attacks the bronchial tubes, producing life-threatening circumstances for some. Sadly, more than 4,000 people die from the condition each year, which makes treatment and remedied symptoms quite important.


What is Asthma?

An asthma attack arises when inflammation and constriction strikes the airways of your lungs (called bronchial tubes). The muscles of the bronchial walls begin to tighten, which triggers an overproduction of mucus that causes your airways to become blocked.

With a handful of environmental and inherited factors dictating whether or not an individual suffers from the condition, there are two types of asthma to consider: allergic and non-allergic. Allergic asthma means that various triggers (like pollution, dust, smoke, and chemicals) can cause an asthma attack. Non-allergic asthma patients can suffer an attack just by laughing, exercising, or having a stressful day.

Overall, the triggers for asthma differ in every patient and could include respiratory infections, cold air, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), food allergies, and even cockroaches [1].

Symptoms of Asthma

Depending on the severity of your condition, the signs and symptoms of asthma will vary. A mild case of asthma causes occasional wheezing and coughing, while an individual may suffer an attack just by running, swimming, or even laughing too long. Usually, symptoms worsen under humid conditions.

Typical signs of asthma include [2]:

  • Pain or tightness in chest
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Coughing and wheezing
  • Exhalation brings a noticeable whistling or wheezing sound

Asthma Home Remedies

There is no cure for asthma, but luckily, the symptoms are controllable. The first thing to do is to become aware of the circumstances that can trigger an attack. Tracking your symptoms can also help you avoid undesirable situations. When you’re looking for ways to prevent an attack or ease reoccurring symptoms, trying incorporating some of the following home remedies for asthma into your daily lifestyle:

a) Caffeine:

Let’s say you have misplaced your inhaler. Two cups of strong coffee will work wonders on an approaching asthma attack. Caffeine will dilate your bronchial airways.

b) Exercise Habits:

If you keep your mouth open and gasp for air during an intense workout, you could unknowingly encourage an asthma attack. The back of your throat can become dry and cool – a common trigger for asthmatics. When running on the treadmill or enjoying a session of aerobics, keep your mouth closed and breathe through the nose.

c) Honey:

It is said that holding a jar of honey underneath the nose of an asthmatic will cause easier breathing when the sweet treat is inhaled.

d) Lemon:

Treat your asthma by drinking the juice of one lemon that has been diluted in a glass of water with your meals.

e) Watch Your Diet:

Some asthma patients suffer an attack just by eating a particular food. It is not uncommon to see eggs, nuts, milk, and seafood cause an asthma attack.

f) Garlic:

When the early stages of asthma emerge, boil ten garlic cloves in 30 milliliters of milk. Once a day, drink the mixture. Another home remedy for asthma to consider is adding two minced garlic cloves to a cup of steaming ginger tea. Take the concoction in the morning and at night to keep your symptoms under control.

g) Beware of Food Additives:

Keep an eye out for the additives that companies put into your food. Metabisulfite, (found in dried fruits, shrimp, and wine coolers) and monosodium glutamate (better known as MSG) have been connected to triggering asthma symptoms.

h) Vitamin C:

Use vitamin C to fight infections, increase the amount of oxygen you receive, and reduce inflammation of the airways.

i) Antacid:

Did you know that sleeping with a full stomach could cause problems for an asthmatic? Before going to bed, avoid the stomach acid that can cause an asthma attack by sleeping on an elevated pillow and taking an antacid before retiring for the night.

j) Avoid Smoke-Filled Rooms:

If you are an asthmatic, smoking tobacco is a no-no. The same goes for being around smoke, especially in an enclosed space with no ventilation. If you live with someone who smokes, your asthma symptoms will worsen and certainly cause detrimental effects on children.

k) No Fireplaces and Wood Stoves:

The particles that come from a wood stove or fireplace can affect the lungs of an asthma patient. If you must start a fire, make sure the room provides a decent amount of ventilation and chimneys are in tip-top shape.

l) Salmon:

Some people swear by eating salmon three times a week or taking salmon oil capsules to treat their asthma symptoms.

m) Resist the Temptation with Animals:

Pet lovers with asthma are pained to hear that dogs, cats, and other furry critters can lead to an increased frequency of asthma attacks. While the hair itself isn’t the issue, it’s the dead, dry skin flakes hidden throughout their coat called dander that poses a threat. Dander packs a powerful punch to an asthmatic, leaving many animal enthusiasts gasping for air. If you own a pet, do not allow them to enter your bedroom in order to keep dander from compromising your health.

n) B6:

Taking 50 milligrams of B6 have been proven to reduce the intensity of asthma attacks.

o) Cut Out the Grass:

If you suffer from asthma, leave the grass cutting to someone else and when the task is being done, head inside to avoid triggering an attack.

p) Shut Out the Pollen:

During pollen season, close your windows as much as possible to avoid coming in contact with allergens that can bring on an asthma attack.


[1] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma/DS00021/DSECTION=causes
[2] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/asthma/DS00021/DSECTION=symptoms