Asthma and Bronchitis – What You Should Know
A disease in which the airways of the lungs becoming tighter and swelling up, asthma may restrict airflow and make it harder to breathe. Huge asthma attacks have been reported to cause sufferers to suffocate. Asthma attacks are believed to be caused by both external and internal factors. The external factors are believed to feature food, pollen, smoke, and dust. The internal factors may include stress, exercise, and bronchitis. For preventing asthma it has been recommended to manage stress levels, consume high amounts of water to keep mucus loose and keep one’s home clear of both pollen and dust.
The reported symptoms of Asthma
– A tight feeling inside the chest.
– Wheezing while breathing.
– Difficulty in breathing or short breath.
– Coughing over a lengthy period of time.
– Suffering from sleeping problems.
Supplements that are viewed as beneficial for combating asthma
– Vitamin C supplements are believed to be useful as it is high in antioxidants. It is said to be good for treating allergic reactions, and consuming Vitamin C before sporting activity may thwart an asthma attack.
– Quercetin is a flavonoid that is a strong antioxidant and may help in neutralizing free radicals that may result in bronchial inflammation.
– The herbs Plantain, Hyssop and Liquorice have been reported to be good for people suffering from asthma.
The inflammation of the bronchial tubes, bronchitis is reported to occur as the airways of the lung swell and thicken, paralyzing the cilia. There are two separate forms of bronchitis, acute and chronic. Acute is where a person suffers from fever and a cough. Chronic bronchitis is reported to last longer than acute, it is a cough which is believed to last for several months.
It is said that acute bronchitis originates from a cold or flu, whereas chronic bronchitis happens when the lungs have been irritated over a lengthy period of time. The people who are more likely to suffer from chronic bronchitis are believed to be smokers and workers that are frequently exposed to chemical fumes. The signs of chronic bronchitis are thought to include coughs that create yellow or green phlegm for around ten weeks of the year.
In order to prevent bronchitis, it has been recommended to consume plenty of water in order to stay hydrated. This is because dehydration can result in mucus to thicken and make it hard to cough up. It has been advised to avoid smoking and not to be subjected to passive smoking.
Supplements that are believed to help in treating Bronchitis
– Flavonoid supplements have been recommended to be taken because of their antiviral and anti-inflammatory features.
– The herb Echinacea is seen as beneficial due to its antibacterial and antiviral features. They are also thought to help strengthen the immune system.
– The herb Astragalus also hosts antibacterial and antiviral properties that are seen as essential for preventing acute bronchitis.
Herbal Asthma Treatment
Asthma is one of the fastest-growing ailments plaguing people today. The disease costs companies billions of dollars each year in lost work time and medical care. Approximately 14 million people have asthma and the numbers are on the rise. Many people have such severe cases that they are on permanent disability. The good news is this disease’s symptoms can be dramatically reduced with vitamins and herbs
Frequently asthma starts off with undiagnosed allergies and a sedentary lifestyle. The best foods you can consume are completely organic, thereby eliminating the possibility of any pesticide allergies. This therapy works in a no-nonsense way. I did it and threw away my inhaler. As soon as I went back to my former lifestyle of eating regular food, my symptoms reoccurred. A daily 20-minute walk, whether it’s a stroll or a power walk will give a good workout to your lungs.
Megadoses of Vitamin C, 5,000 mg either in a timed-released dosage or divided doses acts as a natural antihistamine and keeps reactions to a minimum if not eliminating them altogether.
Selenium, 200 mg per day, keeps bronchial passages open. This supplement combined with Vitamin C alone can reduce reliance on an inhaler to “once in a while.” A skipped dose will not hurt, neither will 2, but 3 missed doses and you’ll begin to feel constriction in your breathing again. Just double up on Vitamin C for a day and it will correct itself.
Stinging nettle was considered to be THE medicine for opening up the passages of the lungs by Nicholas Culpepper, the famous British herbalist. Nettle acts as a potent antihistamine much as Vitamin C.
Coenzyme Q10 and a Calcium-Magnesium supplement (1500 mg) both strengthen the immune system and keep allergies in check which can be a major factor behind asthma attacks.
One very important fact to check with your doctor is to make sure you are not using a Laureth sulfate inhaler (two names by which they are known are Albuterol and Proventil) if you are allergic to sulfa or sulfur. Many doctors have told me when prescribing them that they are not “systemic,” meaning it does not go into your bloodstream. When you are allergic to sulfa and sulfur, it doesn’t have to…. all it need do is enter your lungs and the build-up of mucus will begin and your breathing will be more labored. College chemistry professors make students who have these allergies leave the room or completely bar them from entering the lab on days they are working with sulfuric acid because they know mucus will form very quickly and close the airways. Why don’t doctors know the same thing? Patients have ended up in the ER with nearly collapsed lungs because of these allergies. Please be careful and double-check your inhaler. If you ARE allergic to sulfa, try an over the counter inhaler such as Primatene Mist.
A good practice to get into is calming your breathing down when you’re NOT under an attack. Sit up straight, breathe from the diaphragm. Put your hands on your abs and feel it rise and fall. Take deep long breaths, making the exhale last twice as long as the inhale. Eventually, you’ll become a pro at this and breathe this way all the time. Welcome to the land of asthma-free.
Natural bronchitis treatment
Bronchitis is a bacterial or viral respiratory ailment that often follows a cold. Acute bronchitis if marked by coughing, chest pains, and fever, and usually lasts for a couple of weeks. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is coughing and swelling/narrowing of the air passages in the lungs due to irritants like cigarette smoke and toxic air-borne particles.
Aside from the recommended bed rest during bouts with respiratory ailments, numerous natural healing remedies are available to ease the symptoms of, and even treat both acute and chronic bronchitis.
A combination of the known medicinal herbs that relieve coughs and dissolves mucus in the lung membranes is one of the best solutions for bronchitis. Mix an ounce each of fennel seed and marshmallow root, and half an ounce each of linden flowers, Iceland moss, and licorice. Steep two teaspoons of the mixture in a cup of boiling water for 10 to 15 minutes, strain, and add honey to sweeten as desired. Drink 3-4 cups a day.
Cook 1 cup of honey and half a pound of chopped onions until a thick syrup is formed. Take a tablespoon of the syrup every hour.
Or, squeeze the juice of a lemon onto a small cup and add an equal amount of honey. Mix and take a tablespoon of the syrup every hour or as often as desired.
Mix the essential oils of peppermint, pine, sage, and fir. Add five drops of the solution to a bowl of hot water. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the bowl to inhale the oils’ concentrated vapors. The scent helps ease breathing and relieves the inflammations in the bronchial airways.
Table of Contents
- 0.1 Asthma and Bronchitis – What You Should Know
- 0.2 Asthma
- 0.3 The reported symptoms of Asthma
- 0.4 Supplements that are viewed as beneficial for combating asthma
- 0.5 Bronchitis
- 0.6 Supplements that are believed to help in treating Bronchitis
- 1 Herbal Asthma Treatment
- 2 Natural bronchitis treatment