THE BEST OF OUR GRANDMOTHER TRADITIONAL REMEDY FOR ASTHMA, COUGH, BRONCHITIS
Asthma, cough, and bronchitis, are different medical cases. For that reason, before we discuss the traditional prevention of the three, we will try to look at the three according to an explanation of the health order.
According to medical science, Asthma is a chronic disease or long-term disease that usually occurs in the respiratory tract with symptoms that are diverse and repetitive which is characterized by inflammation and narrowing of the airways so that it can cause shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, prolonged expiration, and chest feels heavy. There are several factors that trigger these asthma reactions in a person, namely environmental factors such as cold air, cigarette smoke or other fumes, animal dander, viruses, chemicals, and dust and there are also genetic factors.
In environmental factors, asthma usually starts from the body’s reaction due to allergies to dirty air, dusty rooms, the surrounding filled with cigarette smoke, humid and musty room, cold air, exposure to chemicals, viruses, and bacteria. The right thing to do in such conditions is to keep the environment clean so that viruses and bacteria do not multiply and a clean environment will always be associated with clean air too.
Someone who has asthma will have sensitivity to the respiratory tract, so that when the lungs are irritated by some of the factors above, the respiratory tract muscles of the sufferer will stiffen and make the respiratory tract narrow and there will be an increase in phlegm production which will cause difficulty breathing.
Seeing from the attack, some people will suffer from asthma without symptoms for weeks or even months so that it will suddenly develop into acute. In general, the signs and symptoms of asthma for each person will be different.
Speaking of coughing, then in scientific terms, coughing is not a disease but is a natural reaction of the body as the body’s defense mechanism against the respiratory tract, where the coughing process is a form of removing substances and particles from the respiratory tract and preventing foreign bodies from entering the body lower digestive tract. The throat and airway are equipped with nerves that feel when there are disturbing substances or substances.
So this condition stimulates the nerves to send signals to the brain, which will then be responded to by the brain by sending back signals to excrete these substances by coughing.
Cough can be divided into two namely: acute cough and chronic cough.
Acute cough is a cough that is suffered in less than 14 days in one period. Whereas chronic cough is a cough that suffers more than 14 days and continues for up to 100 days in three consecutive episodes.
Recurrent chronic cough that often attacks children is due to asthma, tuberculosis (TB), and pertussis (whooping cough / cough 100 days). Pertussis is a chronic cough caused by Bordetella pertussis.
In addition, the appearance of cough is also sometimes accompanied by symptoms of colds, fever, weakness, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, wheezing, and shortness of breath.
Cough can also be divided into two forms, namely cough with phlegm and dry cough.
a. Cough with phlegm.
Phlegm cough is usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection such as the flu, so when the flu occurs the body will produce more mucus which serves to trap and expel the organism that causes the infection and the reaction of the cough is a way to expel the mucus.
For this reason, for sufferers of cough with phlegm will be highly recommended to make the phlegm after coughing up because swallowing sputum will only slow the healing of the cough.
Phlegm cough can be caused by several things such as: pneumonia, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and post nasal drip.
b. Dry cough.
Dry cough is caused by several factors such as: allergies, asthma, viral infections, and also asthma. A dry cough on a person can usually last a long time so that it can increase irritation in the respiratory tract. Dry cough will also get worse at night so that it can interfere with the quality of sleep sufferers.
According to medical science, bronchitis is inflammation of the bronchial branches (bronchi).
This disease is usually mild and will heal faster but for people with chronic diseases such as heart or lung disease in old age, this disease will become something serious.
A person suffering from bronchitis is usually characterized by the appearance of cough symptoms that last for a week or more. Infectious bronchitis is caused by viruses, bacteria and organisms that resemble bacteria (Mycoplasma pneumoniae and Chlamydia).
In general, bronchitis is divided into two types, namely:
1. Acute bronchitis. This condition is generally experienced by children under 5 years old. Acute type bronchitis usually resolves on its own within one week to 10 days. However, the cough that is experienced can last longer.
2. Chronic bronchitis. This type of bronchitis is usually experienced by adults aged 40 years and over. Chronic bronchitis can last up to 2 months, and is one of the chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).
Bronchitis will get worse when not getting the right treatment, so that the potential to cause complications in the form of pneumonia. Pneumonia is inflammation of one or both lung sacs. Someone who has reached this stage will experience symptoms such as: chest pain when coughing and even breathing, the body feels tired, confused, or there is a decrease in consciousness, nausea and vomiting, and diarrhea. Symptoms of bronchitis are usually in the form of: cough with phlegm (redness of the phlegm), shortness of breath when doing sports or light activities, often suffer from respiratory infections (such as flu), wheezing, fatigue, swelling of the ankles, feet and left and right limbs of the face, palms or reddish mucous membranes, reddish cheeks, headaches, vision problems.
After we see a general description of asthma, coughing and bronchitis, in terms of medical science, the question now is how to handle the three medical cases mentioned above. Basically, in current technological advancements and in the advancement of medical science, the three medical cases can be handled by administering medical drugs. However, on this occasion we will try to see how the three cases are treated with traditional methods.
Traditionally, asthma can be treated with the following ingredients:
Ginger is known as a natural ingredient for various problems including asthma. Researchers have found that ginger can help reduce inflammation of the respiratory tract and reduce contractions in the respiratory tract and can increase muscle relaxation as found in other asthma medications.
How to use it as follows:
- Mix equal amounts of ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey. Drink this mixture as much as 1 tablespoon 2 to 3 times a day.
- Alternatively, you can mix 1 teaspoon of ginger with one and a half cups of water and consume 1 tablespoon of this mixture every night.
- Cut 3 cm ginger into small pieces and put in a pot of boiling water. Leave on for 5 minutes, wait for it to cool and drink.
- To detoxify your lungs, prepare boiled fenugreek by boiling 1 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and mix 1 teaspoon of ginger juice and honey. Drink this mixture every morning and evening.
- You can also consume raw ginger mixed with salt.
Honey is one of the natural cures for asthma. Alcohol and very fine oils in honey help reduce asthma symptoms.
- You can mix 1 teaspoon of honey into a glass of hot water and drink it slowly about 3 times a day.
- Before going to bed, consume 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder (cinnamon). This can help you get rid of phlegm from your throat and make you sleep more soundly.
Caffeine in coffee can help control asthma attacks because it can act as a bronchodilator. Hot coffee helps relax and relieve respiratory tract in helping you breathe more easily.
The stronger the coffee, the better the results. But try not to drink more than 3 cups of black coffee a day. If you don’t like coffee, replace it with hot black tea. Don’t use caffeine as a routine treatment.
This treatment with garlic can help cleanse your lungs in the early stages of asthma.
- Boil 2 or 3 cloves on 1 ½ cup of milk.
- Leave to the same as room temperature then drink.
Onions have anti-inflammatory properties which can help you reduce blockages in the respiratory tract when suffering from asthma. Sulfur substances in onions can also help reduce inflammation in the lungs. Eat raw onions to relieve your airways to breathe better. If you can’t tolerate the taste of raw onions, try eating cooked onions.
1. Lemon and Lime
The first natural ingredient that you can use as a medicine to relieve cough naturally is lemon and lime. Both of these ingredients have a very high content of vitamin C and antibacterial which is efficacious to eradicate the bacteria that enter the body. The trick, you can take the juice of lemon and lime juice. Then mix with 1 tablespoon of honey and a glass of water, then drink.
2. Betel Leaves
The antiseptic and antibacterial properties of betel leaf can also be used to relieve dry cough and itchiness. You can boil it as a cough drink. If you want you can also add 1 piece of ginger in it.
3. Turmeric and Salt
Turmeric has antibiotic content that is able to overcome the inflammation in the respiratory tract. This material you can use as a way to deal with dry cough and phlegm. The trick, patur a few pieces of turmeric. Then mix with 1 tablespoon of salt, after that you can immediately drink it.
4. Apple Vinegar
Apple vinegar has the ability to fight bacteria that enter the body. When the body is in decline, naturally the bacteria will more quickly enter and develop in it. In addition, apple cider vinegar can also be used as a medicine to relieve cough that is safe and effective for consumption.
1. Eat pineapple and drink ginger tea
There are some herbs that are good for natural bronchitis remedies, one of them is pineapple and ginger. Both of these plants have medicinal effects that can soothe inflamed mucous membranes in the respiratory tract.
- Pineapple. In the pineapple fruit content there are bromelain content. Well, this bromelain enzyme substance, has been proven effective in reducing inflammation in the body. Pineapple fruit also lined up can relieve symptoms of cough with phlegm.
- Ginger. As is well known, ginger has a calming effect on the body. Ginger is good for calming the inflamed respiratory tract, and acts as an expectorant (expels foreign substances in the body). It is recommended to drink 2 cups of warm ginger cooking water every day as a natural bronchitis remedy.
2. Gargle with salt water.
Actually, gargling with salt water does not treat the virus or does not act as an antimicrobial that treats cough virus in bronchitis. However, it can be used to relieve symptoms of bronchitis.
Researchers in Japan conducted a study on 400 volunteers who volunteered to rinse their mouth with water and dissolve it with antiseptics.
The result, 36% of people who rinse 3 times a day, had lower symptoms of respiratory tract infections, than those who rarely rinse their mouth. So, it is recommended for sufferers of bronchial tract infections, to gargle with salt water regularly in order to reduce the symptoms of infection.
3. Drink lots of water
Drinking plenty of mineral water can be a natural remedy for acute bronchitis. A hydrated body will help thin mucus in the bronchial tubes. Usually, symptoms of fever also accompany sufferers of bronchitis. Well, drinking lots of water can replace fluids lost in the body during the inflammation. Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages and containing caffeine during coughing and fever lasts.
4. Get enough rest
Experts say the cure for all the most basic ailments is adequate sleep. The Sleep Journal Foundation, which published the study in September 2015, found that people who lack sleep will be vulnerable to the flu virus, compared to those who have enough sleep.
Likewise with bronchitis, when you want to fight infection, your body really needs time to rest the entire system.
Because the flu will easily attack the body that is not fit (due to lack of sleep) and is often a symptom of bronchitis, according to advice from Amy Rothenberg, a doctor at the American Association of Naturopathic.
Now we know some of the traditional methods for dealing with Asthma, Cough, and Brocitis, and have a good try at home.