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4 Ways to Address Asthma Holistically

As the air quality on our planet spirals downward, asthma is on the rise.  According the the CDC, 1 in 12 people in the US have asthma.  It’s not just for nerds anymore.  So, if you’re among the asthma-stricken, what can you do?  You can’t cure it, but you can take steps to reduce the number of asthma attacks you’re having.  Please note that these steps are not intended to replace inhalers, or any other medication; simply to help you prevent attacks.

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Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

This is probably the most important way to manage your asthma symptoms.  We spend most of our time indoors, and in just a couple of spaces – our homes and our workplaces.  Depending on your job, you may not have a lot of control over the air in your workplace, but there are myriad ways in which you can improve your home’s air quality.  Here are a few:

  • Cut out toxic cleaning products.  Conventional cleaning products are filled with toxic fumes with the potential to do insane amounts of damage to your lungs, and the rest of your body.  Please replace them.  You can make your own, which may take a little bit of time, or buy healthier alternatives, which may be a little bit pricier.  But either way, it’ll be worth it to breathe freely.  
  • Get a salt lamp, and use it.  Salt lamps are a beautiful and inexpensive way to clean your air, and they have many other health benefits as well.  I love these Fair Trade salt lamps from SoWell.  If you work in an office, they even have tiny ones you can plug into a USB port on your computer.  
  • Speaking of beautiful ways to clean your air, house plants will help too!  Any plant will provide clean oxygen, and cleanse impurities in the air, but here is a list of the plants that NASA has discovered are most effective.  
  • Ask the people you live with to refrain from wearing artificial fragrances.  Perfumes, detergents, lotions, etc can have a big negative impact on your ability to breathe deeply.  You can also ask those you work closely with to refrain while at work.  Once they are aware it is a health concern, they may be more likely to help you out.  


Track the Outdoor Air Quality

There’s not a lot you can do to immediately change the outdoor air quality, aside from maybe moving to an area with cleaner air.  But by tracking your air quality, you can at least stay inside when it’s bad.  If you simply Google “air quality [your area]” it will let you know what to expect.  

In the long term, of course, planting trees and cutting back on the amount of pollution you put into the air can help.  So can writing to your legislators about your health concerns, asking for laws that will help keep pollution to a minimum.  


Use Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

Asthma is an inflammatory disorder, so using anti-inflammatories can help.  Great herbs to try include turmeric, ginger, oregano, and lemongrass.  Any of these can be added to your food, drunk as teas, or taken as tinctures.  


Reduce Stress

Often stress can affect our breathing, and if you have asthma, this can trigger an attack.  Reducing the amount of stress in your life is really great for your overall health, but it may be even more important with asthma.  Try practicing mindfulness in your daily life to notice what in your surroundings is causing you stress.  Then, take steps to remove those.  You can also use this technique to help remove any specific asthma attack triggers.  

Another wonderful way to help you cope with stress is to receive regular energy work.  This can help ensure that your chi is flowing well, so that when stressful events occur, they will be less likely to trigger an attack.  This can include Reiki, Pranic Healing, accupuncture, qi gong, crystal healing, or any number of other modalities.  Regular massage can also be helpful in this way.  


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