Asthma attacks can be terrifying to experience. These occur when the bronchi in the lungs becomes inflamed and goes into a spasm, causing sufferers to start wheezing and coughing as they struggle to breathe.
In the UK around 5.4 million people are affected by this respiratory condition, which can make simple tasks, such as climbing the stairs or decorating, exhausting.
While medication such as inhalers can be prescribed, there are natural ways to manage the condition and preventing asthma attacks. Boosting the immune system using safe natural herbs is one such solution, as these help the body to fight against the pathogens that cause asthma to develop in the first place.
We recommend the following herbs to help your breathing:
A member of the ginger family, turmeric has been used for hundreds of years in Chinese medicine to fight asthma attacks. Containing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, turmeric is great for helping to treat colds, fevers and the flu. To incorporate this spice into your diet, try adding to curries or stir into your daily cup of tea.
It’s no old wives’ tale that garlic is a healing food. The abundancy of active compounds in garlic can help reduce many of the uncontrollable symptoms that characterise respiratory problems such as asthma, while the rich vitamin C content helps to fight off free radicals that constrict the pathways in your lungs. This makes it easier to breathe and will reduce the impact asthma has on your body.
Research suggests this is one of the most effective herbs for reducing inflammation in lung tissue, and hyssop is frequently used to help with sore throats, hoarseness and conditions such as bronchitis. Native to the Mediterranean region, the hyssop herb has been used for centuries as a healing remedy, and it is very rich in antibacterial and antiseptic properties.