The most effective non medication ways to reduce the severity of episodes and number of episodes is:

  • Cessation of smoking
  • Losing excess weight
  • Pranayama


Dos and Don’ts:

Some other recommended therapies for asthma are

Elimination of animal meat from the diet.

  • Overall reduction of protein in the diet.
  • Increase water intake by 30%. It helps keep fluid and secretions relatively liquid.
  • Eat ginger and tumeric regularly: Either add to food or add to tea.
  • Elimination of PUFA..poly unsaturated fatty acids in the diet. They are present in butter, margarine, shortening, some vegetable oils, etc.
  • Avoid known irritants like smoke and dust.
  • Eliminate processed foods from the diet. They are notorious for all kinds of health related issues
  • Increase intake of foods and supplements with antioxidants like berries, cherries, etc.
  • Supplement with omega 3.  Foods rich in Omega 3 are Flax seed, Salmon, nuts, grape leaves and spinach. Most people however, choose to take pills of omega 3.
  • Consumption of Reishi mushroom. Can be used in soups, teas or taken in extract or pill form.
  • Avoid nitrates, nitirites and sulphites..present in hot dogs, cheeses, wines, bacon and beer and other processed meats and alcohols.
  • A mixture of ‘indian tobacco, cayenne pepper: this is not recommended for children, pregnant women and people with cardiac disease. But considered an excellent expectorant and stimulant to the respiratory system. (3 part tincture of lobelia + one part tincture of red or cayenne pepper). May be consumed as a tea.
  • Deep tissue massage believed to break up congestion in the lung.
  • The ayurveda treatment of panchakarma.
  • Avoid inhaling cold air. It it’s cold outside, breathe through a scarf.
  • Avoid constipation. Eat a diet that is healthy and rich in fiber. Live a life that is active.
  • Practice yoga.
  • Prayanama ..naadi shodhana, kapaala bhaati and bhastrika are said to be beneficial.

Some home remedies known to help during an acute attack are:

  • Warm hot pack on the chest and shoulder
  • Concussion to the vertebrae..forth to seventh..every half a minute for 10 minutes.
  • A spoonful of Mustard oil with jaggery
  • Multiple small sips of hot water or hot plain milk
  • Immersing hands/feet in warm water upto the elbows or knees.
  • Use of the juice of the plant, Solanum surattense about 7-10 ml.
  • Use of Piper logum (Pippalee) with honey.


Yoga poses known to help asthma and strengthen lung

  • Savasana
  • Sukasana
  • Pranayama
  • Parvatasana
  • Ashtang namaskaram
  • Bhujangasan
  • Hastotanasan
  • Padasthasan
  • Ashwasanchanlan asan
  • Suryanamaskaram

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