Bronchial asthma is a very common disease. It is a chronic lung disease that inflames and narrows the airways, the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.
During an asthma attack, tightness of the muscles and bronchial tissues that swell compress the tiny airways in the lungs, which then clog with excessive mucus. Stale air remains trapped at the bottom of the lungs, and the patient is forced to use the upper lung, which leads to chest tightness and wheezing.
In asthma, wheezing is due to reversible airway obstruction and increased responsiveness of the bronchial tubes to various stimuli. Asthma attack begins abruptly, mostly at night 2-3 hours after going to sleep.
Common symptoms of asthma:
• Аnxiety or insomnia
• Chest tightness
• Coughing, especially at night, sometimes accompanied by mucus
• Shortness of breath
Asthma symptoms may vary over time, and from one attack to the next.
Asthma attacks can be caused by a number of different factors that act separately or combined.
• Allergies are the main causers. Between 50% and 90% of asthmatics suffer from allergies. The most common allergens or substances that cause allergies are: pollen, grass, dust, mold, tobacco smoke, dead skin particles and animal saliva. When inhaled, these substances can cause the release of histamine and other chemicals in the body that causes allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
• Other allergens include chemical fumes; acetylsalicylic acid or its compositions, such as phenylbutazone, indomethacin, ibuprofen and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
• Another important factor linked with asthma and allergies is heredity: scientists have discovered a gene which, after all appears to make people vulnerable to the disease.
• Lung infections also may trigger asthma. Bronchiolitis, a viral infection of the airway is a common cause of asthma in children.
• Adult asthma may develop as a consequence of infections of the upper respiratory tract, such as bronchitis.
Other asthma causes include physical exertion, emotional stress and air pollution.
Home remedies for asthma:
2. Mustard Oil
• Heat some mustard oil with a little camphor.
• Transfer it in a bowl and when it is comfortably warm, gently rub it on the chest and upper back and massage.
• Do this several times a day until the symptoms subside.
• Omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon stop the actions of body compounds that cause inflammation in the airways. Take six 1,000-milligram capsules a day in divided doses.
4. Fenugreek and ginger juice
• Half a glass measure of boiled fenugreek juice along with tea spoons measure of ginger juice is also an excellent natural remedy. It serves to decongest and detoxify the lungs.