Asthma is a inflammatory chronic disease of the airways with the symptoms of wheezing, coughing, and difficult breathing, such as chest tightness and shortness of breath. When asthma attacks, the patient usually has a feeling of airflow obstruction, and bronchospasm.
Asthma is a common disease. According to a report, 300 million people were affected worldwide in 2010, and this disease caused 250,000 deaths globally in 2009. in the United States, asthma affects an estimated 17 million people.
Many doctors believe that Asthma can’t be cured. You can only manage the disease, reduce the symptoms, prevent the symptoms from worsening and causing a severe asthma attack. Even sometimes you may feel fine, but the disease still exists in your body and it can flare up at any time.
There are many natural herbal remedies that can be used to help relieve asthma.
1. Ginger and honey tea
Ginger is a warming herb, it warms your respiratory system and expel mucous. Adding honey to the tea can reduce the excessive “fire” of ginger.
– Fresh ginger 30g (cut into small pieces)
– Boil it for 5-10 minute in a cup of water
– Add a teaspoon of honey
– Drink it lukewarm
2. Black tea
Green tea and black tea have properties to reduce mucous. Black tea is “warmer” and “drier” than green tea, thus black tea is better than green tea for relieving asthma.
– Make a cup of black tea
– Add a teaspoon of sugar or honey
– Drink it lukewarm
3. Licorice root
According to traditional Chinese medicine texts, licorice root has two main properties: anti-inflammatory and reducing mucous in respiratory system. So it can be used to treat asthma.
– Use raw licorice root to make a decoction
– Drink it as a tea
You may also find licorice supplements in a health food store.
Ephedra is another important herb in traditional Chinese medicine, it is often used to treat asthma, bronchitis, cold, cough with difficulty breathing.
Ephedra is usually combined with other herbs for treating a disease. There are many ephedra products sold in pills. You should always discuss a remedy with your doctor before you use it.