Asthma is a common respiratory problem that may occur at any age. It is a type of allergic condition that affects the bronchi of the lungs. Bronchial asthma is a chronic disease of the airways. Airways become inflamed and there are recurrent attacks of cough, wheezing and tightness of the chest. People suffering from asthma have to remain awake at night to get sufficient air for breathing. There is inflammation of the airways that causes respiratory problems. There are many triggers in the atmosphere that may produce asthmatic symptoms. People suffering from asthma have to take antihistamines to protect against the recurrent asthmatic attacks. Anti-histamine medicines may produce many side effects on other parts of the body. There is no specific cause for asthma. It is an autoimmune disorder and may occur when body cells become hypersensitive to certain allergens. When a person comes in contact with allergens, it may give rise to symptoms of asthma. Therefore, the best remedy to avoid recurrent asthmatic attacks is to stay away from the allergens. There are some risk factors that may lead to increase in asthmatic attacks.
Some common risk factors for the development of asthma are:
People having personal history of atrophy of the lungs are at risk of developing asthma. Therefore, it is important to take personal history of an individual before giving any treatment.
Another important risk factor is family history. Asthma is said to be a genetic disease and more commonly found in individuals belonging to the same family
Environment also plays an important role in the development of asthma. People living in smoky or dusty environment are more likely to suffer from respiratory diseases such as asthma.
Some children and women do not get adequate nutrition due to poverty and this has also given rise to the cases of asthma among children and women.
Obesity is another risk factor for development of diseases such as asthma. Due to poor nutrition or lack of exercise, immunity becomes low and such individuals catch infection quickly.
Children who suffer from recurrent respiratory problems or viral diseases may suffer from asthma later in life.
Passive smoking is another cause of asthma in children. Parents who smoke in front of their children expose them to the harmful vapours of smoke which may cause respiratory problems in children.
Mother having a habit of smoking may give rise to children who may later suffer from respiratory diseases later in life.
Excessive medications taken during childhood for the treatment of bacterial infections may lower the immunity of the child and may lead to the damage to the normal functioning of the lungs.
Symptoms of asthma
There are some important signs and symptoms exhibited by people suffering from asthma. Some of the important signs and symptoms of people suffering from asthma are:
- There is shortness of breath on slightest exertion.
- There is a feeling of tightness around the chest.
- Patient may have pain in the chest on account of continuous cough and difficult breathing.
- There is lack of energy in the body and person may feel weak and tired.
- In severe cases low grade fever may be present due to infection and inflammation of the lungs.
- Headache may be present due to continuous coughing.
- Some people also have sneezing while coughing during an asthmatic attack.
- Excessive wheezing.
- Cough is aggravated especially at night.
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Homeopathic treatment for bronchial asthma
Homeopathy provides an excellent treatment for bronchial asthma. There are different homeopathic remedies for asthma. Grindelia Pentarkan is a combination of homeopathic remedies for asthma. It helps to give relief from all symptoms of asthma and also prevents recurrent infection of the respiratory tract. Grindelia Pentarkan consists of the following homeopathic remedies for asthma:
Ephedra vulgaris: This is an excellent homeopathic treatment for bronchial asthma. It acts on the mucous membranes of the lungs and provides quick relief from congestion of the chest. It helps in easy expectoration of the mucus from the chest thus giving relief from pain and tightness of the chest.
Grindelia robusta: This is an excellent remedy for wheezing. It is a wonderful homeopathic remedy for asthma and bronchitis. It helps to relive tightness of the chest and helps to expectorate without any difficulty. It gives relief from dyspnoea and difficult breathing without producing any side effects.
Ipecacuanha: This is the best homeopathic treatment for bronchial asthma and it is indicated for spasmodic cough and bronchial asthma. It is indicated for people who suffer from nausea and vomiting due to cough. It is indicated when a person complains of constant cough and constriction in the chest. It is indicated for difficult breathing due to accumulation of mucus in the chest. It is an excellent homeopathic remedy for wheezing.
Justicia adhatoda: It is a wonderful homeopathic treatment for bronchial asthma. It is a wonderful remedy for all types of respiratory diseases. It is indicated when a person suffers from dry cough, tightness of the chest and asthmatic attacks. There is severe dyspnoea present along with coughing.
Lobelia inflate: It is indicated for asthma and other respiratory diseases. It gives relief from constriction of the chest and continuous cough. It boosts up the immunity and prevents recurrent attacks of asthma. It is indicated when asthma is associated with attacks of nausea and vomiting.
It is recommended to take two tablets three times in a day. Children may be half the adult dose.
Home remedies for asthma
There are many useful home remedies for asthma and other respiratory diseases. Some of the useful home remedies are:
Take one glass of boiled milk and add one fourth spoon of turmeric powder. Drink this milk when warm to get relief from cough and irritation in the throat. It also give relief from mucus in the chest.
Boil one glass of water and add 5-6 cloves and one tea spoon of honey. Drink this warm water to expectorate mucus from the chest.
Ginger is an important home remedy. You may drink ginger tea or add ginger powder in vegetables to get relief from recurrent asthmatic attacks. It helps to boost up the immunity.