Natural Tips for Asthma
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on April 10, 2013 by Paulina Nelega, RH
1. Dust mites – these little microscopic critters live in your bedding, and their feces are a major contributor to asthma episodes. Use dust mite covers on pillows, mattress, duvet covers.
2. Dietary – the most common dietary allergens are dairy, soy, eggs, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish. If you have asthma, try eliminating these from your diet for a few weeks to see if you notice any improvement. Then, introduce one ingredient at a time back into your diet, and wait a few days (4 to 5 days) to see if you have any reaction before re-introducing another single item.
3. Mold, pollens, and pet dander are common environmental allergens that can trigger or worsen asthma.
4. Second-hand cigarette smoke – actually worse than first-hand, especially for the delicate respiratory system of children. If you smoke, please be sure to only smoke in areas that aren’t shared by others.
5. Run a HEPA-filter in bedroom at night and in any other household room(s) that one spends a lot of time in.
Herbs including Lobelia, Yerba Santa, Mullein, Pleurisy Root, and Ginger are also beneficial for helping to open the airways, improve breathing, ease congestion, and move (expectorate) phlegm.
Respir-Gold from Natural Wellbeing features these herbs along with other beneficial respiratory herbs, and is formulated to help dilate the bronchioles (airways) and support easier breathing. For more information on Respir-Gold, or to order online from Natural Wellbeing, please visit: http://www.naturalwellbeing.com/products/respir-gold
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan