Preventing and Treating Asthma Symptoms Naturally

Oh no, not again. The 9 year old is wheezing uncontrollably and neither the inhaler, nor the nebulizer treatments are working this time. Looks like it's time for another Emergency Room Visit. She's on daily controller medications and an asthma plan, but yet this doesn't always keep her symptoms at bay, no matter how strictly she follows the doctor's advice. It never fails. Every time the weather changes dramatically, she catches a cold, is exposed to a new environment, or the season changes, it's almost guaranteed that an Emergency Room visit and a round of prednisone is in order.

The girl in the above scenario is my daughter and scenes like that used to play out frequently. Things are looking better and better as we discover natural remedies to supplement her asthma regimen. There are still random ER visits, but not quite as serious or as often as some in the past. And she isn't the only child I have with asthma - just the one whose worst point was the most recent. Asthma in the others has become much less prevalent. I can't say for sure that it was the natural remedies we used, but something tells me they at least played some role in decreasing their asthma symptoms.

People who have asthma are suffering from a chronic disease that causes inflammation in the airways. At various points in time, the inflammation causes the airways to constrict. This is called an asthma attack. Symptoms of an asthma attack can include wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Asthma can be either exercise-induced or allergen-induced. In patients with asthma, colds and other upper respiratory conditions can cause asthmatic symptoms. One way I have helped combat that problem is to also treat for asthma at the onset of any respiratory symptoms. We treat using natural and traditional asthma remedies and only use natural asthma remedies that the pediatrician has approved. It is important to remember that natural remedies should be approved by a licensed medical professional. Even natural substances can be harmful if used on the wrong person or used incorrectly.

Here are some of the things we've found to help relieve or prevent the symptoms of an asthma attack. Each individual case will vary and not all persons will react the same way. Consult a licensed medical professional before trying any of these treatments. Asthma is a serious disease that should be treated with caution.

Natural Asthma Remedies: Apple Juice

Apple juice has been our absolute favorite of all natural asthma remedies we have tried. For one thing, it's safe to use. It's just juice, so there's almost zero risk of any adverse reactions or overdoses. The main thing to be aware of with juices is sugar intake. Just one to two glasses a day, depending on the child's age, is all that is needed when using apple juice as a prevention method. The juice should be 100% apple juice from concentrate, with no added sugar or preservatives. I have also found that when we offer a glass of heated apple juice along with the normal asthma treatment during an attack, the attack does not last as long. According to Newswise, research studies seem to evidence a link to this natural asthma remedy as well. To heat the apple juice, we just pour the desired amount into a saucepan and heat it over the stove, but not to a boiling point. It should be almost hot, but not hot enough to burn the mouth or throat.

Natural Asthma Remedies: Steam Treatment

This simple, tried and true natural asthma remedy is still a great one. To do a steam treatment, simply go into the bathroom. If the patient is a child, adult supervision is a must. Close the door and turn on the hot water in the shower. Do not allow the afflicted person to touch the water. It will be too hot. Simply have them breathe in the steam vapors that will fill up the room. This treatment should last about 15 minutes.

Natural Asthma Remedies: Pineapples

Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory ingredient found in pineapples may help relieve the inflammatory symptoms of asthma, according to Newswise. More research needs to be done to discover more details exactly how bromelain works, but evidence shows it does work as an anti-inflammatory agent and a natural blood thinner.

Natural Asthma Remedies: Restricting Dairy and Sugar

According to WebMD, restricting the intake of dairy products and sugar can help children with asthma. also reports on the link between asthma and milk allergies. It is stated that experts don't always agree on the reasons behind the link. However, it is evident by research that the link between dairy and asthma does exist. Whether the experts can agree on a cause for the link or not, I have seen this link in my own kids. Each of the kids with asthma also had a milk allergy at a young age. One of them still does. Also, whenever dairy products were given to any of them during or after an attack, the results were not good, so we eliminated dairy and consulted the pediatrician about it. Once the pediatrician explained the link, it all added up. Now we know to avoid dairy whenever possible, especially during or after an asthmatic episode.

Natural Asthma Remedies: Yoga

Yoga is considered a natural remedy to many ailments, including asthma. There are a variety of poses that can be used as natural asthma remedies. Some of those poses include the Bridge Pose, the Cobra Pose, the Camel Pose, the Hero Pose, the Sphinx Pose, the Revolved Triangle Pose, and many more.


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