About Asthma and Respiratory Disorders


Posted by Mia Ponzo | Posted in Complementary Alternative Medicine, Information About Essential Oils, Information About Herbs, Natural Alternative Diet, Natural Health | Posted on 10-03-2014

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Respiratory disorders are extremely common in this part of the world. This is partly because of the climate here being dry and dusty, partly because there is a lot of pollution here, and partly because the diet is often not the best. Naturally, there are other factors as well, including the fact that the stress levels of daily living are up, what with the fast paced style of living that people lead these days. It’s no wonder, with all these factors playing a role that people’s bodies react with weakness, low immunity, and glandular imbalances. But, even so, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything that can be done about it. Indeed there is plenty that can be done, and you can start right now!

            If you suffer from any kind of respiratory ailment, including asthma, bronchitis (including chronic bronchitis), frequent colds, influenza, pneumonia, and, more seriously, emphysema, tuberculosis, or worse, then you know that living with respiratory diseases is one of the most uncomfortable things a person may have to endure. Why be more miserable than you have to be? There are several things that you can do to make your life more comfortable and easy to live. They are simple and easy to do, so why suffer?

Thyme Oil

NOW Foods – Thyme Oil White 1 Oz

With respiratory problems, diet is important, as it is in most other diseases and ailments. People suffering from any kind of respiratory complaint must immediately reassess their dietary habits and look for areas where the diet can be improved. Generally, dairy products tend to cause an increase of symptomatic response, including more phlegm, constricted respiratory passageways, inflamed mucous membranes, and an increased immune response, which is what set off the symptoms in the first place. Oranges also are not the best choice for breathing problems, as well as strong spices, artificial additives and preservatives, MSG, aspartame, many food colorings, corn and its byproducts (including corn oil), and soy products. Other things may appear on a case by case evaluation, and if you suffer from any respiratory ailment, you need to assess your own diet, and see what causes your own problems to get worse, and when. If you don’t notice anything, or if you can’t discern yourself, then go to a professional for advice, but, I find that individuals know more about their bodies than any stranger, professional or otherwise, ever could. Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins, and eat fruit carefully, because various fruits are often an important cause of respiratory problems. Just because Vitamin C is good for us, doesn’t mean that the best source for every person is fruit. Unfortunately, although fruit tastes really good, and is loaded with vitamins and other useful things, it often contains chemicals, fungus, and other things that will increase the likelihood of getting ill, for those suffering from respiratory complaints. Make sure that the foods you eat are as unrefined as possible.

Eucalyptus oil

NOW Foods Eucalyptus Oil, 4 ounce

Various hands-on treatments may be helpful in the cases of respiratory diseases, including reflexology and acupressure, particularly. These treatments work, because they help enable the body to help itself, which is one of the most important things when you are dealing with immune response, including allergic reaction, reaction to invading properties, including molecules of bacteria, viruses, and polluting factors, and more. If the body’s organs are all working at their ultimate capacity, then things are fine, but when something breaks down (for example, due to over-stressing) then that is when trouble begins.

            There are many natural herbs that are great for respiratory ailments, including mullein, marshmallow leaf, marjoram, sage, thyme, rosemary, eucalyptus, licorice, echinacea, Ma Huang, and even cinnamon. These help with the mucous membranes, keeping them normal by reducing inflammation, and also by helping strengthen the glands and immune system in the body. These are best taken as teas, tisanes, or inhaled for respiratory complaints, although some people recommend taking them orally, as tablets, capsules, etc, I don’t personally agree with this thinking, and believe that getting them into the body in the purest form is best, without the need for digestive action to break them down.

Pine Oil

NOW Foods Pine Oil, 1 ounce (Pack of 2)

There are also essential oils that can be inhaled or rubbed in over the lung or sinus area that are often more effective than conventional treatments (although this is not an excuse NOT to consult your physician, and, if you suffer from severe, life threatening types of respiratory diseases, don’t take on treatment yourself, without being under the care of an expert medical professional). Oils including eucalyptus, rosemary, thyme, sage, tea tree, and lavender, are great for a start. For inhalations these can be used pure, and for massage, they can be mixed with a little olive oil (or any other pure and wholesome, natural oil) and massage directly over the area of the complaint. 

The idea is that the human body can produce its own cortisone (which is often the drug used to help asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other respiratory diseases), and all you have to do is to help your body produce it on a normal level. Stress and other factors are the causes of the lack of its production, and reducing stress, taking strengthening factors (like herbs, for example), and doing treatments that will increase the healthy action of the important glands of the body (like reflexology, for example) will all help in this regard. So, if you suffer from any kind of respiratory ailment, getting your health back is something that is not out of your reach. Listen to your body, and hear its call for help! Then, do something!

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