Holistic healing for Asthma
Sandra from Mumbai, a young and energetic teen would love to hangout more with her friends – only if she wasn’t short of breath (now and then). The vibrant young girl is a go-getter and someday would like to be a model too, but she fears the ‘breathlessness and attacks’ – unannounced. Sandra suffers from asthma, and there are nights when she is helpless – her parents are always around her, she feels insecure and has lost self-esteem.
Asthma occurs when you come in contact with an ‘irritant’ – cold and dry air, smoke, molds and pollen, dust mites etc. Studies have shown, patients can suffer from attacks when one has;
- Hormonal imbalances and fluctuations
- Too much stress
- Anger issues and more – triggers that can cause an attack without warning.
When the attacks are severe, one would face;
- Tightness in the chest
- Loss of breath or shortness etc
What to do when an attack happens?
If you are a caregiver and not the patient, here’s what you should do;
- Stay calm when the attack happens – panicking makes things worse. Help the patient with a visualisation, ask them to shut their eyes for a moment and to help them expand their lungs, visualising a white light; this helps them control their breathing. Let them repeat until normalcy returns.
- To help open the airways, a strong cup of coffee would help. Caffeine as they say is closely connected to the chemical theophylline – found in asthma medication.
Do what the Chinese do
Since ancient times, the Chinese have used medication that has helped treat chronic asthmatic conditions. It is said, 60-250mg of standardized gingko per day, once everyday would be good.
Magnesium helps the patient with relief; it helps also relax the muscles found in the ‘upper respiratory tract’ too. Recommended dosage is 600 mg per day.
Omega-3 fatty acids
Love fish, so do we! Salmon, tuna, herring and mackerel – they have Omega 3 fatty acids that are close to the familiars – leukotriene inhibitors found in asthma drugs. Doctors recommend six 1000 mg capsules in a day.
Evening primrose oil
The herb is a blessing since it has GLA- an essential fatty acid, which helps bring down inflammation of the lungs. Doctors recommend 500mg capsules, thrice a day post meals.
Turmeric or haldi is used in many food preparations across the nation and in some parts of the globe too. A teaspoon of turmeric in warm milk consumed thrice a day would be good.
Avoid the triggers
- If you smoke – quit smoking, even passive smoking is bad
- If you stay in cold climes – stay far from bonfires, fireplaces etc, the ash and smoke can be bad
- Cold dry weathers can trigger asthma – use a scarf or dupatta to wrap around the mouth and nose
- Do not sniff ‘perfume samples and strips at the malls’
- Eat healthy and small meals, and two hours before you sleep. The stomach wouldn’t have problem with digesting the food, and there wouldn’t be heartburns and acid attacks – culprits of asthma triggers
- Sleep on your back, better still on a hard surface – carpeted floors or a mat
Disclaimer: Please note- the information provided here is through research only. We are not a substitute to what the family doctor you seek help from has to say. The doctor’s word would take precedence over what is written here and elsewhere. If you do happen to use a holistic expert’s help for treatment, please check for their certification and legitimacy, before you enrol – especially if you are a nursing mother or an expectant mother.
We hope this information on how to holistically treat asthma can come in handy.
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