Wheezing is a whistling respiratory sound which occurs in asthma. In asthma, the patient has recurrent attacks of breathlessness, with wheezing and tightness in the chest, often accompanied by a dry cough.
Breathing is a normal body function, which carries on all our lives without us being aware of it. When there is difficulty in breathing or labored breathing, the effort being inappropriate to the amount of physical work being done, it is called breathlessness.
In asthma, there is shortness of breath -there is intake, but breathing out is a problem. The causes of asthma are many, the underlying factor being the unusual increased response to an irritant, usually an allergen.
The response is in the form of a spasm, a sustained contraction of muscles in the walls of the bronchial tree, which causes narrowing in the walls. Slowly breathing in and out becomes difficult.
If it is not treated in time, the lungs over inflate, the breathing rate and heart rate both increase, and because there is no oxygen reaching the body tissue, the skin become blue, starting with the nails, lips and peripheries. The patient is agitated and frightened.
Asthma is a reversible condition, if treated in time. While an attack is in progress and sputum collects in the lungs, initially a little bit can be coughed out, but very soon that too stops, as it is thick and tenacious, blocking the respiratory passage.
All cases of breathlessness, impending asthma and chest infections must be treated right at the onset.
Home remedies for Asthma are-
All the remedies for treating sore throat, tonsils, etc., will also give some relief in chest problems related to a lung infection, rather than those of cardiac origin. For those who have repeated chest congestion/infections:
o Equal quantities of long pepper, black pepper and dried ginger should be ground together, and half a teaspoon of this taken with hot water or cow's milk. Honey can be added for taste. Have daily for 4-6 weeks.
o A fresh, tender bael leaf should be chewed with 2-3-peppercorns early in the morning and washed down with warm water or a cup of hot cow's milk daily for 4-6 weeks.
o To one-fourth of a level teaspoon of powdered mustard seeds, add a teaspoon of honey and eat it once a day. Since it is very pungent it can be eaten with a bread or taken with warm water.
o Mix 10-12 fresh holy basil leaves, a half an inch piece of fresh ginger, 1-2 betel leaves, and grind them together. Have a teaspoon of this juice with honey 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days.
o Alternatively, boil a handful of crushed holy basil leaves in half a litre of water and reduce it to one-fourth of a litre. Take a tablespoon of this decoction with a teaspoon of honey 2-3 times a day for 3-4 days.
o Another home remedies for asthma is- Take Two-three holy basil leaves should be chewed with a little jaggery 3-4 times a day. (But always rinse your mouth with warm water or wash it down with it.)
o Children who are prone to chest infections can have their daily glass of milk with 8-10 leaves of holy basil boiled in it. This acts as a preventive to ward off seasonal colds when the weather changes.
o When there is a blockage of phlegm in the respiratory passage, two teaspoons of lightly roasted, crushed, coarsely powdered omum seeds in a glass of buttermilk will help clear the passage. Have this twice a day.
o Another home remedies for asthma is to Take a teaspoon each of long pepper, dried powdered ginger and cloves. Powder them together. Mix honey and make a paste. Lick this 4-5 times a day, or make an infusion with half a litre of water and drink half a cup 3-4 times a day.
o Chronic bronchitis patients should have a teaspoon of raw onion juice every morning. It liquefies blocked, dry phlegm and helps to expectorate it.
o Pound together a teaspoon each of sesame seeds and linseed. Make a decoction with a glass of water. Boil and reduce it to half. A teaspoon of this filtrate should be taken with a teaspoon of honey twice a day. These seeds have an emollient, demulcent action. They soothe the respiratory passages and clear a cough and is very good home remedies for asthma.
o Soak for a few hours 6-7 almonds in water. Discard the skin, grind and have almonds with half a cup of orange juice or a tablespoon of lemon juice every night.
o Herbal tea made with fennel is also soothing for a persistent cough with difficult expectoration. It breaks up the thick tenacious mucus.
o Dried Indian gooseberry powder (half teaspoon) mixed with a teaspoon of honey should be taken every morning with warm water. If the fresh fruit is available, grind a small segment, say a one-fourth-inch piece, and have it with a teaspoon of honey twice a day. Honey and Indian gooseberry are specially beneficial for all chest infections. Indian gooseberry is rich in vitamin-C, and honey liquefies the dried secretions so that they can be coughed out. It also soothes the throat.It is a very good home remedies for asthma.
o Add a teaspoon of linseed decoction to a glass of water. Boil and reduce it to one-fourth of a glass, strain. A tablespoon of this should be taken with a tablespoon of milk once a day. It relieves congestion and also prevents recurrence of asthma attacks. Take for 3-4 days.
o An infusion of a teaspoon of grated ginger and a teaspoon of pounded fenugreek seeds in a glass of hot water should be filtered and drunk as tea twice a day. This is helpful for asthma.
O Eating shredded raw cooked cabbage is good for asthma too. Having a tablespoon of raw cabbage juice, or just eating cabbage leaves when an attack is likely to occur, either helps abort it or reduces its intensity.
O For chronic asthmatics: Take large dried grapes (the seedless variety), wash and keep them aside. Put one in your mouth, chew and swallow it. Chew slowly so that you have one of these in your mouth throughout your waking hours. This can be irritating, so have them 4-5 times a day. One will last for 20-25 minutes if chewed slowly. It acts as a lubricant and demulcent for the throat and soothes a coughing bout.
Steam or eucalyptus-leaf-infusion inhalations are extremely beneficial for any chest/ lung condition.This is one of the best home remedies for asthma.