8th Dec 2018
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Fast and natural ways to relieve asthma
Fast and natural asthma relief

If you suffer from asthma, it’s probably the bane of your existence. More than 2.5 million Australians have asthma – about one in 10 adults and one in nine children. Asthma is a condition that results in difficulty breathing, chest tightness, coughing and wheezing, with excessive phlegm or mucus.

Since asthma is a chronic condition with irregular triggers, learning to control it when it strikes is important. Most people will be able to access medication and use an inhaler to control outbreaks. But managing asthma isn’t just about medication. Today, we offer five  natural solutions that can help you breathe easier.

Drink an espresso
If you find yourself with a mild case of wheezing and coughing during the day, a shot of coffee can help to relieve these symptoms. Caffeine acts as a mild bronchodilator, which means it opens up your airways. Some studies suggest that coffee may assist your lungs to work better for up to four hours.

Hit the shower
The steam from a hot shower or steam bath can help to soothe the airways and clear out the mucus that makes it difficult to breathe when asthma hits. However, some people find that heat and moisture makes their asthma worse, so it’s important to know what works for you.

Spice up your life
Spices have been used for thousands of years for their medicinal benefits. Garlic and ginger are known for having potent anti-inflammatory properties, and may help relieve symptoms of asthma. Try using them often in your cooking or steeping them in hot water to make a tisane.

Keep it colourful
Eating widely within the fruit and vegetable families ensures your body receives a broad range of nutrients, including vitamins and minerals that help fight inflammation in your lungs. Colourful produce is full of antioxidants such as beta-carotene and vitamins C and E.

While we’re discussing diet, watch out for sulphites (a type of preservative), which can trigger asthma symptoms in some people. Sulphites can be found in wine, dried fruit, pickles and prawns.

Breathe deep
When you feel mild symptoms of asthma creep up, breathing exercises can help your lungs relax and work more smoothly. Breathing with pursed lips is one exercise that can work: inhale slowly through your nose and exhale through your mouth, with lips pursed.

Another breathing exercise called diaphragmatic breathing (or deep-belly breathing) can be useful. Consult a health professional for more advice on breathing techniques.

Understand your triggers
People with asthma can sometimes also suffer from hidden allergies, so it’s a good idea to be tested for the common ones, such as pollens, dust mites and pet dander allergens. All these can exacerbate asthma if you’re sensitive to them.

Have you found any of these therapies to be useful in controlled asthma? Have you developed asthma later in life?

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    Disclaimer: This article contains general information about health issues and is not advice. For health advice, consult your medical practitioner.





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    greenie
    11th Dec 2018
    12:28pm
    More rubbish articles.
    As I have always said, if 'natural' and Chinese 'medicines' worked as promoted by the quacks, why aren't the Chinese the healthiest, long lived people in the world?
    On the Ball
    11th Dec 2018
    1:57pm
    Firstly, I am not a Doctor, so I can only relate my own experiences (and that of my daughter).
    Daughter had breathing difficulties from a very early age. Diagnosed as "asthma" and went on the usual medications etc.
    After many years of treatment etc, she was just getting worse. More steroid inhalations etc.
    Eventually we were at the stage of trying anything.
    We read about a drugless method that may reduce the symptoms. It involved learning to breathe - not deeply, but more in tune with the body's needs.
    It was mainly nose-breathing (that's after all what the nose is for!) and regulating breathing by natural training. Example, holding your breath and not sucking in huge volumes of air by the mouth. The course was over a few weeks of regular training. I attended with my daughter.
    Did it work? Hell yes! (For me as well!)
    She got to the point of being able to go for weeks without medication, and after a few months had no symptoms at all. In the early stages (of recovery) it was a conscious effort to remember to breathe properly when she felt a attack coming on - and she kept the inhalers handy in case.....
    But that was more than 20 years ago.
    For me? never realised I was marginally asthmatic until I did the training - now I am a "nose breather" (couldn't do that for more years than I can remember) I dont snore (at 67 years), and as side benefit I can consciously open my sinuses. Yep, by tensing the muscles behind my nose, I can breathe much easier through my nose - even in what could be called allergic scenerios.
    So, yes, many of the methods in the article do work.
    greenie
    11th Dec 2018
    7:19pm
    Very interesting, On the Ball.
    Thanks
    Rosret
    11th Dec 2018
    4:41pm
    Asthma is a life threatening affliction. Many a child would not have reach adulthood without the help of our current medications.

    While cleaning the house and getting rid of the cat, dog, carpet and old stored clothes, mould etc. does help significantly - never underestimate the damage and severity of an attack.
    Obviously improving the immune system helps so getting a flu and pneumonia vaccine is highly recommended. So is washing hands and staying well away from people with colds and flu or enclosed places like trains and buses.

    Swimming is also great for expanding lungs and regulating breathing.
    Nan Norma
    11th Dec 2018
    8:47pm
    Rosret. your 100% spot on. I would not be alive today without modern asthma drugs. Asthma can lead on to other health problems later in life as I can testify.
    GeorgeM
    12th Dec 2018
    12:56pm
    All good comments, Rosret.

    I have found no benefits relating to the 1st four items in the article above. In fact, instead of Coffee, our experience is that Tea (strong, black tea, served hot but not to burn yourself) does have good soothing effect.

    Breathing exercises and getting an allergy test are strongly recommended. As are the use of Inhalers for immediate relief as also for prevention.

    Of course, more serious attacks may need emergency attention (e.g. call 000) or stronger actions (such as Nebulisers, Cortisone drugs), so these must never be avoided. This article should have mentioned these as asthma can be fatal sometimes if not treated promptly in an appropriate manner.
    Nan Norma
    11th Dec 2018
    5:28pm
    I have had asthma for over 66 years. I know from experience that coffee does help. It has theophylline in it, a drug sometimes given for asthma. Also steam. I go to a heated pool every week where i can exercise without any asthma. The breathing exercise can also help too. i am not suggesting these will stop you having asthma but they can help. Another thing that helps the asthma cough is soothers eucalyptus. Must be eucalyptus.
    Blossom
    12th Dec 2018
    3:51pm
    It can also be hereditary. I know a family with 2 children. Both of them have severe asthma. The boy has a groove down the centre of his chest from his lungs collapsing a few times. They have a large nebulizer machine at home. The Mother developed asthma in her 40s. A cousin of hers(well known personality) also has asthma and has retired because it.


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