What is Asthma and how is it caused?
Asthma is a disease that involves the airway in the lungs. This airway helps in the free flow of air from in and outside the body. The air passage get inflamed due to various triggers and develop into asthmatic symptoms. This makes it difficult for air to move in and out of the lungs, resulting in various symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing and chest tightness.
Causes and triggers:
No one really knows the real cause of Asthma but there are several symptoms that one might experience before the onset of a full blown asthmatic episode. Causes can vary from one person to another. When air passages come in contact with a trigger, the airways become narrow and inflamed making it difficult to breathe. Let us look at a few symptoms or triggers that can cause breathing troubles for an asthmatic patient:
- Allergies Can Cause Asthma: Allergens are the biggest triggers for Asthmatic patients. 80% of the population with asthma have allergies to aerial substances such as grass, weed, pollens, animal fur, mold, dust mites and some insects. Asthma exacerbation after dust exposure is usually due to dust mite allergy.
- Certain foods can trigger Asthma: Food allergies are a major threat to patients with Asthma. Food additives or certain food by themselves cause mild to severe reactions in asthmatic patients. Hay fever and allergies are a common outcome of along with breathing trouble for many patients. Patients with food allergies may exhibit asthma as part of food-induced anaphylaxis. The most common foods associated with allergic symptoms are Cow’s milk, eggs, soy, peanuts, shrimp, fish and certain vegetable oils. Preservatives added to foods and fermented foods can also trigger attacks in patients allergic to them.
- Exercise-induced Asthmatic symptoms: Rigorous exercising can cause narrowing of the air passage by 70% making it difficult to breathe for normal people. People with exercise-induced asthma will feel chest tightness, difficulty in breathing and coughing within the first few minutes of exercise. These symptoms usually subside in the next 25-30 minutes, but with people who suffer from exercise-induced asthma could have high chances of another attack few hours later. Therefore, it is essential to warm up beforehand and engage in moderate exercises.
- Smoking and Asthma: People who smoke are more likely to have breathing troubles. Symptoms like wheezing and coughing will worsen with smoking.
- Heredity can cause Asthma: People with a family history of allergies or asthma are more prone to developing asthma.
Tips & remedies:
- Make sure the pillow covers and bedspreads are dust free
- Do not allow pets in bedrooms or on furniture.
- Avoid exposure to allergens such as pollen and dust.
- Avoid eating foods to which you are allergic. Some of the common foods to which most of them show allergic reactions include fish and yeast.
- Avoid foods that are fried and hard to digest
- Drinking plenty of water helps in thinning of the blocked mucus.
- Keeping the surrounding free of dust is important because while cleaning the dust and dirt, it is inevitable that the dust particles would be breathed in causing severe breathing troubles. It is recommended to use a vacuum cleaner than using a broom while cleaning and dusting. Always use a face mask while dealing with dust and grime.
- Air-conditioners must be maintained regularly and kept dust-free. It is important to make sure that the air-conditioner is not pulling any dust in its vents.
- Avoid using perfumes, detergent sprays or air fresheners as the mist from these aerosols pose a greater health risk to patients with bronchial asthma.
- Add ginger as a part of the diet. It will reduce the chance of allergic infections.
- Never neglect the symptoms of asthma. Take immediate care. You can consider the use of certain simple home remedies like chewing basil leaves, pepper or having a spoon of lemon juice mixed with honey in the morning will help to throw your asthma symptoms far away from you.
- It is suggested to lead an active lifestyle with regular physical activity for a limited period of time. Make sure that you are not too tired. In some people fatigue is one reason for asthma. Rather than performing body building workouts, prefer breathing exercises. They will help to fill the lungs with fresh air and exhale all the air out of the lungs. This will help to eliminate a great degree of toxic elements from the body
Treat illness with Homeopathy
Homeopathy should be the treatment of choice for asthma and other allergies. It is safe and effective for youngsters and the elderly. It is important to note that asthma is a chronic complaint best treated by qualified homeopaths. It is advisable to consult a qualified homeopath for better treatment. The homeopathic remedies needed for asthma also vary according to the symptoms of the sufferer but some of the main ones are listed below.
The homeopathic treatment of bronchial asthma is, on the one hand, an intellectual exercise, but on the other hand, it is extremely satisfying. Homeopathy possibly offers the best solution for the treatment of asthma and the patients respond beautifully to the remedies.
While undergoing treatment with homeopathic medicines, you will realize that other symptoms unrelated to asthma also improve. This is because we do not treat just the symptoms of the lungs but we treat the whole person with all his complaints. That is why the homeopath spends a lot of time with his patient and inquiries about so many unrelated complaints. We also lay a lot of stress on the emotional state of the patient because very often, the mind plays an important role in disease.