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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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:
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.
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.
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.