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Asthma is a word coming from ancient Greek and means "panting or short drawn breath" and is exactly that. It manifests itself in creating difficulties in breathing in the person suffering from it. As it is a chronic condition, it appears in a very young age of the patient and continues for the rest of his or her life. It is chronic in constantly creating inflammation of the airways in the lungs and also called bronchi that prevents the air from successfully coming in or leaving the lungs by narrowing or obstructing the air passageways. The ratio of men and women suffering from asthma is equal.

The narrowing or obstructions of the bronchi are caused by airway inflammations, this is the meaning where airways becomes red, swollen and narrow, or bronchoconstriction where the muscles surrounding the airways tightens and goes into spasm.

The causes of asthma includes: lack of exercise, genetic factors, dietary changes, occupational exposure or environmental factors. All of these can cause asthma single handed, but they can also appear in unison and aggravate the condition further. Some can be treated and controlled while the others cannot and a proper balance between these should be found to successfully controls the condition.

There are many home treatments of asthma that have proven beneficial for asthma patients. Perspiration in a steam bath, hot footbath, hot hipbath or sunbath stimulates the skin and relieves the congested lungs. Honey is also good for relieving asthma, a jug of honey can be held under the nose of an asthmatic patient and in short while, normal breathing is restored. A teaspoon of honey can be mixed in a glass of water and drunk three times a day. Ginger cloves boiled in milk, ginger tea with garlic cloves or a teaspoon of turmeric powder with a glass of milk are some other natural treatment recipes for asthma and should be taken 2 to 3 times a day.

Chewing fennel regularly helps in expelling the built up mucous from the chest and prevents asthma attacks. Daily intake of a dilution of ground kheel of borax heated in a hot iron vessel to successfully dilute it, and later mixed with honey or warm water can be beneficial for the asthma patients.

A healing inhalant can be prepared by adding a few drops of the essential oil of juniper to hot water. Regular exposure to plenty of fresh air and sun helps in relieving symptoms of asthma, and dusty and damp places should be avoided.

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