When it comes to asthma, if you turn to conventional medicine for the answer to this condition, the “cure” may be worse than the ailment.
Many alternative medicine practitioners will tell you that the modern medicine approach to this ailment has been totally ill-conceived and incompetent. Unfortunately, asthma medications have made the ailment worse in the long run, because conventional medicine does not treat the problem, it only treats the symptoms. Few doctors have yet to figure out an all around treatment that focuses on healing and prevention.
Many alternative medicine practitioners’ approach to treating asthma consists of a total program. However, some aspects of the program requires medical tests as well as the supervision of a doctor. Fortunately, many of the powerful asthma home remedies can be used safely and effectively by almost everyone.
Asthma home remedies with magnesium
Magnesium helps to open the airways. This nutrient is one of the best things that an asthma sufferer can take to naturally treat this ailment. During an asthma attack, the airway to the lungs becomes constricted. Magnesium works by acting as a natural bronchodilator, which helps to relax and open the bronchial tract. For best results, take a 500 milligram magnesium supplement daily. Make sure that the supplement consists of magnesium sulfate or magnesium citrate. Take this supplement every day for the next six months.
Asthma home remedies using fatty acids
Fatty acids helps to reduce lung inflammation. It’s hard to breathe during an asthma attack because the lungs become inflamed. The best way to reduce this inflammation is to turn to omega-3′s that are found in flaxseed oil and fish oil.
As a result of asthma, there is an acute inflammatory response and a late-phase inflammatory reaction, the latter of which can occur up to 24 hours post attack and can last for many weeks. Omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial in treating the late-phase response, which is now believed to be the origin of chronic asthma as well as tissue damage.
Try to eat plenty of cold-water fish, which are extremely high in omega-3 oils. Concentrate on eating fish such as mackerel, salmon, and tuna at least three times a week (four times is best). For extra protection, take six 1000 milligram fish oil capsules every day.
However, if you do not fancy fish, you could then take twelve 1000 milligram fish oil capsules daily. For those of you that are vegetarians, you can get your omega-3′s from flaxseed oil. Take three tablespoons of flaxseed oil every day for about a year.
Unfortunately, there are a couple caveats that should be mentioned here. 10 percent of asthma sufferers, particularly those that are allergic to aspirin get worse after taking fish oil. Therefore, if you’re sensitive to aspirin, please take fish oil with your doctors supervision and permission. Additionally, consult your doctor if you are a high risk candidate for stroke. Fish oil can increase the risk of stroke in some people.
Asthma home remedies with antioxidants
Antioxidants helps to fight the body-damaging free radicals. Free radicals are cell-damaging molecules that are naturally produced in your body. When there is inflammation in the body, the level of free radicals rises. Asthma is an inflammation disease; therefore, free radicals do most of the damage.
To control free radicals and limit the damage they do, you’re going to have to take supplements that contain antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E. For best results, take a daily supplement that contain four hundred international units of vitamin E, three thousand milligrams of vitamin C, and fifteen milligrams of beta-carotene. You can take these supplements for about a year, but after that you can talk to your doctor about reducing the doses.
Asthma home remedies with NAC
This powerful amino acid (n-acetylcysteine) apprehends free radicals and escorts them out of the body. It also aids in the building of glutathione, which is one of the most powerful free radical destroyers around. NAC also helps to prevent mucus from building up in the lungs. For best results, take 500 milligrams of NAC two times a day.
Asthma home remedies with quercetin
Quercetin helps with allergies. People with asthma can tell you that when allergy season comes around, their asthma seems to get worse. Quercetin is a compound of the bioflavonoid family. Research after research have shown that quercetin has very strong anti-allergic as well as antihistamine properties. For best results, take 100 milligrams of quercetin 3 times a day. Take quercetin for about six months, or until allergy season is over.
The herb coleus relaxes bronchial muscles. This herb has been used medicinally for centuries, particularly by practitioners of the ancient system of natural healing from India called Ayurveda. For this herbal remedy to be effective, try to get a product that’s standardized for eighteen percent forskolin, which is the active ingredient in this herb. Take fifty milligrams 2 to 3 times a day for no more than a year. Work with your doctor when taking this herb because it could interfere with asthma medications.
Herbs for asthma: licorice
Licorice have a similar effect to steroids. Licorice is an anti-inflammatory in its pure form and provides a cortisol-like effect. If you don’t know already, cortisol is a drug that’s used to control the inflammation of asthma. The best form of licorice to take is the deglycyrrhizinated form, just look for “DGL” on the label. This form does not raise your blood pressure like other forms of the herb do. For best results, add 20 to 30 drops of a licorice tincture to a cup of hot water. Let the mixture cool before attempting to drink it.
Herbs for asthma: stinging nettle
Nettle is a herb that offers relief from allergies. People with asthma that suffer from sinus problems or nasal allergies can benefit greatly by taking nettle. This herb contains a form of histamine that helps to reduce allergic reactions. For best results, take two 400 milligram capsules three times daily.
Make sure you get a good brand of nettle. Try to get nettle that has been harvested in the spring, which is when the properties that make nettle so potent are more prevalent.