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Home Remedies for Asthma

  1. Asthmatics should keep away from cold weather and relieve themselves from constipation. The latter leads to distended abdomen and puts pressure on the lungs, aggravating asthmatic attacks.
  2. They should try to drink lukewarm water as much as possible. The constriction of the respiratory channels during asthma is dilated with lukewarm water, enabling more airflow. Cold drinks and sour fruit juices cause inflammation and constriction of the bronchial tubes.
  3. Stress and strain are major causes of almost all diseases. They disturb the digestive system and aggravate asthmatic attacks. Pranayam is one way to overcome stress and strain. It should be practised for at least half an hour daily to remain calm.
  4. Asthmatic patients should avoid eating bananas, which produces phlegm and obstructs the already constricted bronchial tubes of the respiratory tract.
  5. They should prefer milk (light not concentrated), spinach, soybean, dry grapes, carrots, garlic, ginger, onion, lesser cardamom, turmeric, spearmint, cheese, Indian gooseberry, sesame etc.
  6. Immerse your feet in warm water during attacks.
  7. Asthma is mostly due to allergy. Stay away from dust, smoke and pollution.
  8. Smoking should be strictly prohibited as it takes a person closer to death day by day.
  9. Turmeric acts both as a preventive and curative treatment for allergic asthma. Half to one teaspoon of turmeric (according to patient's tolerance and severity of disease) taken with warm milk reduces the intensity of attack.
  10. Turmeric can also be taken along with honey in the morning on empty stomach to reduce the intensity of attack.
  11. Have a high fibre diet to avoid constipation. Soybean, Bengal gram (kale chane), fruits like apple, figs, guava, lemon and orange are rich in fibre. Grains rich in fibre are barley, oatmeal and maize. Wheat flour, jowar, bajra and whole wheat are rich in fibre. Coriander seeds, cumin seeds, dry pepper and turmeric also contain fibre. Drumstick, carrot, dry peas, rajmah (add garlic and ginger to pass wind or gas) may also be given.
  12. Take 15 fresh dry grapes with seeds (large raisin), clean them with water and soak in 150 gms of water at night. In the morning they will swell up. Remove the seeds and chew one by one. In the remaining water add a little sugar and drink it. With this treatment for a month, the lungs are strengthened and poisonous wastes removed from the body, thus decreasing the frequency of asthma attacks. Chronic cold, cough and stomach ailments are cured. Constipation, piles, bleeding through the nose and mouth ulcers are also benefitted to some extent. Red blood cells increase. With the purification and increase in blood, the person becomes stronger.
  13. Dry grapes soaked in water at night and kept in cold milk for half an hour and then chewed, gives energy. But it is contraindicated in case of diabetes mellitus.
  14. Raisins when taken along with black pepper, almonds and a little butter at night help in sleeping coolly without disturbance due to cough.
  15. For old people with asthma, warm this mixture and take it. It is more useful in winters.
  16. 1-2 teaspoonfuls of Spiegel seeds with warm water twice a day prevents asthma attacks.
  17. Grind kheel of Borax (heat Borax in an iron vessel so that it spreads and store in a bottle) and liquorice and mix equal amounts of both in a bottle. Take half gram to one gram of it twice or thrice with honey or warm water. In children give one­eighth gram.
  18. Do not give curd or banana in excess quantity and fried, heavy or chilled products to asthmatics. Curd is said to obstruct the channels of circulation due to its heavy nature.
  19. For a one-year-old child with asthma, make a paste of five leaves of holy basil with honey and for a baby of less than a year give two drops of Tulsa leave juice with honey.
  20. Do not have rice, oils, sour products, watermelon etc.
  21. Do not stay awake at nights. This increases anxiety and strain, both aggravators of asthma attacks.
  22. Do not have non-vegetarian food. This causes constipation due to low fibre content in the food. Constipation increases the load on the chest. Take green vegetables, fruits and the like.
  23. Mix one gram of dry ginger powder and one gram of black pepper in one teaspoon of molasses or honey.
  24. If mucous has dried up in the chest, boil 20 gms of linseed in 300 gms of 1 When one-third the water is left, sieve and add 10 gms of sugar candy. Drink teaspoonful of this many times every hour. Mucous is excreted through method. Till you are not relieved, keep drinking it.
  25. Figs are very useful for asthma patients; it serves as a very good tonic for old people too.
  26. Dry pomegranate peels and keep them in jar. Boil two raisins and some of the peel in 250 ml of milk. Drink this mllk twice a day. This mixture helpful for children who are unable to remove sputum from the chest.
  27. Boil around 35 fenugreek seeds in 250 ml of water; remove from flame when third is left. Add one teaspoonful of ginger juice and one teaspoonful of honey for patients, especially during winters.
  28. Regular chewing of fennel helps expel infected mucous from the chest.
  29. Boil 4-5 cloves in 125 ml of water. Add one teaspoonful of honey and drink the mixture twice or thrice a day.
  30. Garlic is a versatile herb that is excellent for chest infections, relieving asthma, flu, cold and ear infections.
  31. Vitamin E is very useful for asthma. This vitamin is present in coconut, ghee, grapes, sunflower oil, soybean and tomato.
  32. Pranayam, laughing loudly and performance of asanas help maintain health of asthma patients.


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