Traditional wisdom helps minimizing the impact of asthma, relief in symptoms, improved lung functions. No doubt antibiotics eliminate infections, dilators ease asthma attacks but the health of the respiratory system lies in self-induced practices that increases mechanical efficiency. If asthmatics follow simple, easy physical, breathing, relaxation practices supported by single herbal intake regularly, can prevent asthma attacks in the winter. Here are 7-things one can do. However, this cannot replace any medical advice.
Tip-1 intake of turmeric.
The traditional use of turmeric powder (½ tea spoonful) with hot milk (½ cup) mixed with brown sugar (½ tea spoonful) daily in the morning and evening helps prevents asthma attacks.
Tip2- warm honey water during winter.
Honey is a natural expectorant known for thousands of years in Ayurveda. If honey is mixed with warm water (1 teaspoonful of honey in a cup of warm water) and taken regularly in the morning and evening, will act as very effective expectorant.
Tip3- my grandmother's secret
Mustard seed oil is very effective in relieving symptoms of asthma. My grandmother used to massage my feet, chest, hands and head daily in the winter to prevent, manage and relieve asthma and other seasonal problems of cough and cold. Warm mustard oil massages on the feet, hands, chest and head will surely prevent severe conditions and improve lung functions.
Tip4- habitual to yogic breathing
Normally one breathes 18-21 breath/minute. If rate of breath/minute is reduced even by half to 10 breaths/ minute, it increases the intake of air from 1 Liter/breath for 3-5 liters/breath. And if one breathes – deep, silent and slower, it consumes 50% of more oxygen/ breath. One should practice – deep, silent and slow breathing daily for 10 minutes daily at least 5 times a day preferably lying down in the beginning.
Tip 5 – humming
One should lie down with eyes and lips closed. Inhale deeply and silently and while exhaling through nostrils, make the humming sound as deep and slow as possible. After a week, check how many humming one does / minute. One will be amazed the rate of breath/ minute drops down, indicative of improving lung function.
Tip-6 practice four postures daily with deep, silent and slow breathing
Postures consume less energy unlike physical exercises. Further, they increase muscle tone and if practiced with deep, silent and slow breathing, relieve attacks. The simple postures are – child, Bhujanga, Supta Pavan Mukta, Janu Sirsa. But the most important factor is to keep deep, silent and slow breathing during retention of poses to influence the respiratory system.
Tip-7 - relaxation by Nyasa
Lie down comfortably on the back. Mentally look different parts of the body one after the other, then feel the skin all around follows the sensations inside and awareness within. This process induces relaxation. One should repeat until relaxation is deep and complete. It should be repeated at least 5 times daily.