On May 3 every year, the world
commemorates World Asthma Day. This day is observed with the aim to promote awareness about
asthma as well as techniques to deal with the disease.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory illness that damages the airways of the lungs,
causing dire symptoms including wheezing, coughing, tightness of the chest, and
shortness of breath.
While asthma cannot be cured completely, it can be
controlled to the point that symptoms are minimal, and people can manage it
The theme for this year’s World Asthma Day is ‘Closing Gaps in
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There are a variety of herbs and spices
that can help increase one’s immunity against asthma attacks and also
lower the complications that come from the disease.
Turmeric’s color comes from curcumin.
This component acts not only as a colorant but also as a remedy against
asthma. Curcumin contains anti-inflammatory properties that help with asthma
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You simply cannot undermine the power of
honey. It not only has the sweetest taste on earth, but also some excellent
medicinal properties. Its sweetness triggers the salivary glands to produce
more saliva which acts as a lubricant and dilutes your mucus, as well as
reduces inflammation. You can also mix it with turmeric for added effect.
‘Dasa’ means ten, and
‘moola’ means root. As evident from the name, this home remedy consists of the
combined goodness of ten different plants that are helpful in treating respiratory problems.
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Camphor, called kapur in Hindi, is a
bronchodilator that aids in the relief of respiratory problems. ‘Karpooradi
thailam’ is a type of liquid herbal concoction based on recipes from
the 5,000-year-old Ayurveda teachings. Massaging the oil on your chest
will relieve the congestion quickly.
Other than these, there are some additional tips which are simple but very effective, and should be emulated permanently to have minimal
repercussions from this disease.
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- Yoga poses like ustrasana stresses on the entire frontal
region as well as the sides of the body to tone and loosen the airway.
- Regular pranayama, most
preferably practiced in the morning and evening will help strengthen the airways, as well as increase the circulation of oxygen.
- Only consume light and warm food. Refrain from cold drinks or frozen food as they can irritate
your nose and throat.
- Avoid dairy, processed foods, and sweets that have been
refined as they can lead to increased production of mucus.