In this episode, we will share common homeopathic remedies used for asthma attack.
Homeopathic remedies for asthma attack:
1. Arsenicum album : A person who feels really worn – out and restless needs this medication, even more so if he/she feels difficulty in breathing, especially while lying down. The problem might be accompanied by frothy white fluid during coughing.
2. Carbo vegetabilis : When a person feels extremely weak or has a feeling of getting faint, this medication is used. Other symptoms may include burping, frequent passing of gas, and an upset stomach.
3. Chamomilla : When a person becomes overexcited or very angry, experiences dry cough with irritation, this medication is helpful. The person also becomes hypersensitive along with the above symptoms.
4. Ipecacuanha : When coughing eventually leads to vomiting, this homeopathic medication is suggested. Other symptoms include accumulation of mucus in the air passages and difficulty in coughing out.
5. Natrum sulphuricum : When a person feels so weak that he/she holds his/her chest while coughing, this medication is recommended. Conditions become worse in the early morning, and the person finds it difficult to breathe while getting up from bed.Other useful homeopathic medications include Nux vomica, Pulsatilla, and Spogia tosta.
Best foods for treating asthma:
Eating a healthy diet supplies antioxidants and nutrients to combat environmental toxins, control inflammatory responses and reduce dietary triggers. Get all nutrients needed to support strong immunity. Numerous studies show the right foods can be the the best home remedies for asthma.
Beneficial foods to include in your asthma diet:
- Brightly colored carotenoid foods: This compound can help reduce asthma attacks. Carotenoids are the basis of vitamin A, asthma correlates with low vitamin A, so increase your intake of things like root veggies, sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens and berries.
- Foods with folate (vitamin B9): Folate reduces allergic reactions and inflammation. High-folate foods include green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts.
- Foods rich in Vitamin E and vitamin C : Vitamin C is found is leafy greens, citrus fruits, cruciferous veggies and berries. Vitamin E is another powerful antioxidant found in nuts, seeds and healthy plant oils.
- Magnesium rich foods: Low levels of magnesium increase risk of developing asthma. Higheer level of magnesium has been shown to reduce severity of asthma attacks and symptoms like muscle-spasming anxiety. Sources are greens, nuts, seeds, beans, cocoa and certain ancient grains.
- cruciferous vegetables: Broccoli, broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts and other : These contain many antioxidants and a key compound called sulforaphane- effectivein blocking the harmful effects of air pollution.
- Garlic, onions and mustard seeds: – natural antimicrobials- contain the antioxidant called quercetin, which inhibits inflammation.
- Cultured dairy and Raw milk: Raw dairy seems to protect children from developing asthma and hay fever symptoms. Probiotic foods improve digestion and help stop allergic reactions. Prevent children from developing asthma by breast-feeding and eating probiotics while pregnant.
- High-fiber foods and Prebiotics: Whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds and raw vegetables are loaded with prebiotic materials and are great sources of fiber.
- Omega – 3 foods: Nuts and seeds can provide Omega – 3s and help lower the incidence of asthma significantly; they reduce airway inflammation and immune system reactivity.
- Vitamin B5 rich foods (or pantothenic acid): Support stress neutralization process. It has been found that theophylline, a drug used to treat asthma, causes vitamin B5 deficiency.
Avoid Foods that can trigger Asthma Attacks
Processed and refined foods contribute to asthma. Lack of fiber reduces probiotic bacteria, depletes stomach acid and disturbs proper digestion. Western diet lacking fresh fruits and vegetables contributes to high levels of inflammation, and overall poor nutrition.
Eliminate from your diet: conventional dairy, added sugar, trans fats – refined oils, gluten, and processed carbohydrates.
- Food made with refined/processed vegetable oils and hydrogenated fats are much more likely to cause asthma in children.
- Bottle-fed children, with powdered and pasteurized infant formulas, are more at risk of developing asthma and allergies than those who are breast-fed.
- The high sugar content in many processed foods contributes to the overgrowth of yeast/ candida albicans. Yeast can be a trigger of asthma attack and it steals nutrients from the digestive tract.
- Pasteurized milk products, gluten, soy, eggs and nuts cause the most common food allergies; They hide on labels as hydrolyzed vegetable protein, lecithin, starch and vegetable oil and often trigger asthma attacks.
- Do not consume Food preservatives and food coloring that can trigger asthma attacks. Avoid MSG, tartrazine (yellow food dye), sulfites and sulfur dioxide, and other artificial preservatives, stabilizers, fresheners, etc.
- Do not eat animal products treated with hormones and antibiotics as well as pasteurized foods and drinks. Farm-raised fish is saturated with toxic chemicals and has high mercury levels.
Beneficial supplements for asthma:
Vitamin D, which supports immune health and prevents narrowing of breathing passages over time. Many people are chronically low in vitamin D. Daily recommended dose is 600 international units for adults- can be obtained through a combination of sun exposure and a healthy diet.
Magnesium: Helps reduce asthma symptom severity, including pain, anxiety and emotional stress.
B vitamins: Help support cognitive functions and immune health.
Vitamin B3 and vitamin B12 are nutrients that lower antihistamine levels and reduce wheezing.
Vitamins C: Increases immunity, reducing free radical damage and inflammation.
Zinc: Supports adrenal health and coping with stress, that is tied to worsened asthma symptoms.
Essential Oils for treating asthma symptoms:
Cough, wheeze and trouble breathing, can be managed by essential oils — particularly essential oils for allergies.
Homemade vapor rub with eucalyptus oil and peppermint oil to opens up airways.
Frankincense oil lower inflammation and swollen lymph nodes.
Lavender can mitigate symptoms, such as anxiety and mood changes.
In the next episode, you’ll learn how to avoid irritants inside your home and manage stress. Also, we will introduce some traditional home remedies for you.