Best teas for Asthma support
While there is no cure for asthma, there are various ways to treat it. For short term issues, inhalers are used to treat symptoms when an asthma attack occurs. Long term control medications are taken regularly to help to reduce ongoing symptoms of asthma. The purpose of this is to control the symptoms to attempt to prevent the asthma attack from occurring in the first place. This option can include inhaled corticosteroids, theophylline. LABA’s (Long Acting Beta Agonist), and combination inhalers.
There are natural options that have been used to help to control or alleviate asthma. Again, while there is no cure for asthma at this time, using the following natural options may prove to be highly beneficial.
Fennel Seeds. Fennel is a natural antispasmodic, which is helpful when used with the intent of relieving asthma. The airway closes off or narrows, in many cases, due to excessive muscle spasm in the bronchial passages. Avoiding these spasms may help to prevent asthma attacks.
Licorice. Licorice has been used with effectiveness for thousands of years to treat a number of respiratory conditions. These conditions do include bronchitis, common cough, and asthma. The active natural chemicals present in licorice act as an anti-inflammatory and may effectively soothe swollen airways. It also may act as a histamine, which will inhibit coughing, making it easier to take deep breaths.
Green Tea. Anyone that has followed our blog for a length of time is well aware of the tremendous number of health properties that are present within green tea. For the sake of brevity, there are two key elements that are to be considered as related to its use in alleviating asthmatic symptoms; caffeine and theophylline. Caffeine has been shown, in reasonable doses, to decrease the likelihood of an asthma attack for four hours after its consumption. In addition to this, the theophylline is derived into pill form for asthma treatment in specific drugs. Why wouldn’t you want to have this chemical compound from its most natural source?
Chamomile. Chamomile contains a high concentration of natural anti-histamines, which fight off allergic reactions. This particular method of treatment is clearly for those that suffer from allergy-induced asthma, but it will in no way harm someone that is no suffering from allergies.
Ginger. Ginger has been shown to have tremendous health benefits. In the case of treating asthma, it has been shown to improve the effects of bronchodilators. While this means that it would improve the efficiency of the medications that are often used, it also means that natural treatments that act as bronchodilators are also positively affected by ginger. Additionally, ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and can help the smooth muscles in your lungs to relax, reducing constriction.
Clove. Cloves have been shown to both relieve upper respiratory infections (which often bear similar symptoms to asthma) and act as anti-inflammatories. These two factors work together to both alleviate the problems associated with the inflammation and the mucous build-up within the lungs that are associated with asthma.