Monday, June 19, 2017

A new study published recently in the  American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has linked the consumption of fried potatoes to an increased risk of early death.


In the research involving 4,440 people between ages 45-79, it was found that over eight years, those who ate fried potatoes such as French fries, hash browns and potato chips two or more times a week had double the risk of early death than those who did not.
According to the study, the risk factor is associated with the cooking oil which is rich in trans-fat.
Trans-fat has been shown to boost levels of bad LDL cholesterol in the blood, which can lead to heart disease. 
“But we believe that the cooking oil, rich in trans-fat, is an important factor in explaining mortality in those eating more potatoes,” said lead author Nicola Veronese, a scientist at the National Research Council in Padova, Italy.
He said he hopes the study will alert people that consuming fried potatoes “could be an important risk factor for mortality. Thus, their consumption should be strongly limited”.
Stephanie Schiff, a registered dietitian at Northwell Health’s Huntington Hospital in Huntington, New York, told CNN that the threat from eating fried potatoes and other starchy foods are potential cancer-causing chemical called acrylamide.
Acrylamide is “a chemical produced when starchy foods such as potatoes are fried, roasted or baked at a high temperature,” Schiff said.
“You can reduce your intake of acrylamide by boiling or steaming starchy foods, rather than frying them. If you do fry foods, do it quickly,” she said.
She also suggested you "go lighter" since "the darker the food, the more acrylamide it may contain."
Finally, Schiff said that potatoes should not be stored in the refrigerator because this could lead to producing more acrylamide when the potatoes are later cooked.
"Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables for a healthier alternative," said Schiff.
Veronese said he hopes his new study will suggest to everyone that consuming fried potatoes "could be an important risk factor for mortality. Thus, their consumption should be strongly limited."

Friday, November 25, 2016

Diet drinks have been in the last decades seen as a substitute for regular sugary drinks as a result of their low-calorie content. However, recent studies have shown that diet soda may not be that effective for people who are trying to shift the pounds. Aspartame sweetener used in most diet drinks in lieu of sugar has been found to prevent weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme’s activity.

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) say it’s all to do with sugar substitutes aspartame and found a possible explanation to why the use of the sugar substitute aspartame might not promote weight loss.


"Sugar substitutes like aspartame are designed to promote weight loss and decrease the incidence of metabolic syndrome, but a number of clinical and epidemiologic studies have suggested that these products don't work very well and may actually make things worse," said Dr Richard Hodin, MD, of the MGH Department of Surgery, the lead author of the study published in online in A Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism.
"We found that aspartame blocks a gut enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP) that we previously showed can prevent obesity, diabetes and metabolic syndrome; so we think that aspartame might not work because, even as it is substituting for sugar, it blocks the beneficial aspects of IAP."
Researchers show how the aspartame breakdown product phenylalanine interferes with the action of an enzyme previously shown to prevent metabolic syndrome -- a group of symptoms associated with type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. They also showed that mice receiving aspartame in their drinking water gained more weight and developed other symptoms of metabolic syndrome than animals fed similar diets lacking aspartame.
Aspartame prevents weight loss

Researchers four groups of mice for 18 weeks. Two groups were fed a normal diet, one receiving drinking water with aspartame, the other receiving plain water. The other two groups were fed a high-fat diet, along with either aspartame-infused or plain water. Animals in the normal diet group that received aspartame consumed an amount equivalent to an adult human's drinking about three and a half cans of diet soda daily, and aspartame-receiving animals in the high-fat group consumed the equivalent of almost two cans.
At the end of the study period, while there was little difference in weights between the weights of the two groups fed a normal diet. However, those on a high-fat diet given aspartame gained more weight than those on the same diet that received plain water.

Also, Aspartame-receiving mice in both diet groups had higher blood sugar levels than did those fed the same diets without aspartame, which indicates glucose intolerance, and both aspartame-receiving groups had higher levels of the inflammatory protein TNF-alpha in their blood, which suggests the kind of systemic inflammation associated with metabolic syndrome

"People do not really understand why these artificial sweeteners don't work. There has been some evidence that they actually can make you more hungry and may be associated with increased calorie consumption. Our findings regarding aspartame's inhibition of IAP may help explain why the use of aspartame is counterproductive," says Hodin, who is a professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

"While we can't rule out other contributing mechanisms, our experiments clearly show that aspartame blocks IAP activity, independent of other effects."
Journal Reference:
1.      Sarah Shireen Gul, A. Rebecca L. Hamilton, Alexander R Munoz, Tanit Phupitakphol, Liu Wei, Sanjiv K Hyoju, Konstantinos P Economopoulos, Sara Morrison, Dong Hu, Weifeng Zhang, Mohammad Hadi Gharedaghi, Haizhong Huo, Sulaiman R Hamarneh, Richard A. Hodin. Inhibition of the gut enzyme intestinal alkaline phosphatase may explain how aspartame promotes glucose intolerance and obesity in miceApplied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, 2016; DOI: 10.1139/apnm-2016-0346

Thursday, November 24, 2016

A 44-year-old woman has revealed how her rare skin condition that has plagued her for more than three decades has left her with almost 6000 tumours on her body.


Libby Huffer from Fort Wayne in Indiana was diagnosed with the condition known as Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) when she was just 5 years old and currently on thirteen different prescriptions to help her cope with the pains that come with it.

The first outbreak led to her being severely bullied – with people thinking she was contagious and cruelly labelling her ‘Lizard Breath’.

NF affects every 1 in 2,500 individuals with no regard to race or gender and anyone can be born with it. Each birth of a child that has a parent affected by NF has a 50/50% chance of passing it on.

neurofibromatosis tumours
She said: Luckily, I did not pass it onto my only child. For this, I am very thankful because having NF has been very difficult. 

NF causes chronic pain, fatigue, disfigurement, depression, scoliosis, orthopaedic issues, motor delays, discrimination, high blood pressure, cancer, bone deformities, ADHD, loss of balance, dural ectasia, paralysis, complete or partial hearing and vision loss and learning disabilities, neuropathy, and death.

She said: The last time that I can remember “comfortably” wearing a bathing suit was when I was 16 years old. During the summer months, I am always covered up in long sleeves & pants or cargo shorts because of the looks that I get from people out in public. 

“I am often socially isolated and I feel rejected by my peers.  I haven’t dated for many years. I know that this is because of my looks and it makes me so very sad.”

She says she believes someday she would be able to socialise with people without having to worry about how she looks and not take cognizance of the constant pains the disease has brought on her.

Libby has started raising money for pioneering electrodessication surgery that will use an electric current to kill the neurofibroma tissue in her body.

Though there is no cure for neurofibroma, the results have been extremely satisfying for people who underwent electrodessication to treat neurofibroma tissues.

The five-hour session costs almost $23,500 and could allow her a pain-free life without the stares and taunts from people for the first time in three decades

She added: ‘My life would change so much if I had the surgery. I’m not contagious, I’m a human being too, all I want is to be adored and cared for like anyone else.’

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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Who doesn't love a great kiss? Whether it's your very first smooch or your umpteenth, whether it's a quick peck or a long, lingering kiss you wish would never end, nothing beats a sensational smooch.
Health Benefits of Kissing

Close your eyes a little and imagined being kissed…. Ah ha, you know that feeling - goosebumps, adrenaline rush, your heart pump faster and all that. Kissing can set the tone for more exciting things to come and scientific researchers are telling us to kiss some more, not just fun but for the many vital health benefits, it offers.  Kissing can serve as a mediation of feelings of bonding in relationships, reduce anxiety, improves mood and lower stress.

Romantic kissing is also thought to play a secondary role in established relationships, helping mediate the kinds of long-term pair-bonds that aid in the process of rearing offspring to maturation

“Kissing is intimate, it reaches down into your innermost core, soul, gets into the core of your heart and spirit because it’s such a lovely way to express and receive love and affection. A kiss a day can keep the doctor away” says Andrea Demirjian, author of Kissing: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about One of Life’s Sweetest Pleasures.

1. Kissing releases your happy hormones

Kissing signals the brain to release happy hormones or the feel-good hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin. If you are not in a good mood, kissing will help improve your mood and stay happy. Dr. Joseph Mercola explains that kissing stimulates brain systems associated with sex drive, romantic love, and attachment.

2. Kissing helps burn some calories

Ermm… kissing can’t have the same effects as hitting the gym, however, a passionate kissing session can burn 8 to 16 calories per smooch. You could achieve some more by engaging your spouse in a long, focused and engaged kissing. So heat things up a little.

3. Fight cavities

Increased salivation helps to wash away plaque on the teeth that ultimately causes cavities. When you, it directly pumps in more saliva to the mouth, this helps cleanse up the teeth and remove plaques. However, research has shown that the bacteria that cause gum disease can be spread between individuals via the saliva so ensure the person you are kissing engaged in good oral hygiene.

4. Kissing boosts self-esteem

Researchers have found that men who receive a good romantic kiss from their spouse before they leave to work made more money. Demijirian says “kissing has so much to do with your self-esteem and feeling loved and connected. This study explains that helps lower stress and amps up productivity. Here is my advice, if you need a husband who stays and productive, then kiss him more before he leaves for work.

5. Kissing tone the face

Kissing helps work and shape some face muscles like jawline.  If you are worried your jawline is beginning to drop or sag. Then some vigorous kissing exercise is what you need to shake things up.

6. Decreases pain from cramps and headaches

Now you have an alternative prescription to your menstrual cramps and headache. The blood-vessel-dilation effect brought on by a passionate smooching session helps relieve pain, particularly from a headache or menstrual cramps. It is time to replace that usual unpalatable “Not tonight dear, I think I have a headache” with something more romantic “Honey, come kiss me, I have a headache.

7. Kissing helps lowers blood pressure

Kissing is a sort of an exercise that helps keep the heart healthy.  It helps dilates blood vessels, ensuring that blood is flowing well and getting to all the vital organs. Work your heart up a little bit, kiss your spouse some more.

8. Fight illnesses

Researchers have shown that kissing shown to boost your immune system and reduce allergic responses in people with skin or nasal allergies. Aside from this benefit, kissing also helps decrease stress levels by among partners who kiss more often. It lowers cortisol levels which are our stress hormone. This helps improve the endocrine system and brain health.

9. Enhances Sex

Kissing is a prelude to a better pleasurable sex among couples. Carol Queen, the staff sexologists at Good Vibrations, says “Kissing is a powerful type of foreplay. It helps increase the chances that both partners will have a good and pleasurable erotic experience”

10. Build better relationships and bonding

Kissing between couples or between a mother and her new baby promote intimacy and bonding. When we kiss, we tend to produce the hormone oxytocin also known as the love hormone particularly because it helps bonding and attachment. The point is, we kiss the ones we love and love the ones we kiss.
However, it is important to ensure you practice good oral hygiene before kissing your spouse. There are also certain diseases associated with kissing.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Aside from the vagina, the breast is one part of a woman’s body that gets so much attention. Boobs, as some prefer to call it seems to be a woman's most treasured jewels and every woman wants to have a perfect, well-shaped breast. Women would do everything possible to keep it that way all through their life span.


These two soft, protruding organs have been found to be an exciting route to sexual satisfaction as it is one the surest and quickest ways for women to climax. Meanwhile, it has also been found that the firmness of those two soft, protruding organs influence women’s self-esteem. 

Unfortunately, a woman breast sagging or dropping is inevitable and a natural process whereby the breasts lose their elasticity and suppleness. Certain biological factors such as ageing, multiple pregnancies, hormonal changes, and breastfeeding all contribute to a lack of collagen leaving your boobs depressingly looking down and sag.


However, there are some daily behaviours or things women put their boobs through that will make a 20-year-old girl boob sag even before the onset of those natural processes which tend to set in around the 30’s.

According to Barry Roseman, M.D., a breast surgeon and surgical oncologist, "if women are aware of the contributing factors, they can take preventive measures to avoid excessive sagging".

So, given the much importance men and women attach to the firmness of a woman’s breasts, it seems helpful for women to know how best the breasts should be treated to avoid sagging (quickly).

Wrong Bra Size
Wearing the right and correct bra size helps to firm and maintained the perkiness of your boobs and prevents early sagging. The more your boobs bounce around and shake the more stressed the breast skin and collagen become thus leading to drooping and sagging.  Women should wear bras that keep the breasts intact and in shape. A supportive and a decent bra size is a good investment and will surely give you your bosoms a good lift. The hospital for special surgery recommends that breasts should not spill over the cup, it should be tight without constricting air flow and not ride up at the back.  You should wear a bra at all times except when sleeping.

Crash dieting

This is particularly true of ladies that want to lose some pounds of weight. Drastic weight loss and weight gain make the breast tissues to become stretched, slack and sagged. Losing weight would also make the breasts to give up its fat and some ligaments. If the diet is deficient of fat and some calcium-building elements, it would eventually sag.  It is important to ensure that your diet is well balanced, and then ensure when you want to lose or gain weight, you cycle between fewer pounds.

Exposure to ultraviolet rays damages the skin and cause loss of elasticity and can lead to wrinkles as well. It is important to use protective sunscreen and avoid over exposure of your boobs to UV rays. UV rays may lead to stretching out of the collagen leading to breast sag.

The harmful adverse health effects of smoking to your body are not new. Aside from the effects to your internal organs such as the kidneys, heart and lungs, it is also a major factor to boobs sagging. “Any amount of smoking weakens and ages the skin by decreasing the blood supply to the skin surface says Michael Edwards, M.D., a breast surgeon and president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Smoking weakens the ligaments that hold the breasts, which could ultimately lead to sagging.

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Wrong exercise:
Don’t get this one wrong, it is no time to puff those fingers in the air for those of you who do not like hitting the gym. Exercise helps keep you fit and enhances your overall appearance.  In fact, there are exercises that help to make the breasts firm, including push-ups and lifting dumbbells.
However, it has been found that some exercises are inimical to the firmness of the breasts, especially running.  Some experts say the back-and- forth repetitive motions can lead to a breakdown of breast collagen. It is advisable to use a firm supportive bra to prevent the breasts from shaking during exercises.

Mismanaged breastfeeding
It is largely assumed that a woman’s breasts tend to sag after pregnancy and breastfeeding.This is entirely understandable because of the release of some hormones and the secretion of milk which could increase the size of the breasts. According to a gynaecologist, Dr Bolanle Shukra-Okesina, women can retain the firmness of their breasts even after breastfeeding, depending on how the woman manages the breasts during and after the period.

She said, “Breastfeeding per se does not make the breasts to sag. If the woman uses the appropriate bra size and she takes enough fluid, especially water, when breastfeeding, the breasts will not sag, even after breastfeeding. Also, during pregnancy, the woman is expected to change the size of her bra as the breasts increase in size ensuring she uses the appropriate size at every stage.

“When the milk stops after breastfeeding, the breasts would on their own go back to their normal size. So, if the woman does the right thing, the breasts have no reason to sag.

Finally dispel the myths that excessive sucking or draging of the nipples by kids during breasfeeding, handling or fondling with breasts lead to sagging. They are nothing but myths.

In effect, doing the needful while breastfeeding, eating a balanced diet and in reasonable quantity, avoiding too much exposure to sunlight, abstinence from smoking and doing the right exercises could reduce the likelihood of your breast sagging.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Asthma is regarded as a chronic disease in that there is currently no conventional permanent cure for asthma, as truthful as that may sound, it does not in any way represent God’s own truth. Although modern treatments offer little help in the treatment of asthma, the use of home remedies for asthma attacks in adults and children has been an age long effective practice to relief asthmatic symptoms, improve lungs functions and boost immunity

40 Powerful Home Remedies for Asthma Attacks: The Complete Guide


What is Asthma

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that is characterised by the airways becoming narrow, inflamed and lined by excessive mucus. Asthma can affect people of all ages, however, it is mostly likely to start from childhood. Approximately more than 34 million people living in the United States have asthma, about 7 million of the 34 million asthma patients are children. And over 300 million people globally suffer from this non-communicable disease(1)

Remarkably, a whopping 6.8 billion dollars annually is spent on asthma treatments, medication prescriptions in the United States and about 56 billion dollars spent globally. Now that’s a lot of money.


Conventional treatments for relieving asthma attacks have been known to be expensive.

Not just that, the worst part is that these conventional treatments have long-term side effects, for an example, using inhaled corticosteroids which are usually the first line treatment of choice for persistent asthma may lead to mouth thrush, raise your risks for cataracts, osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) and stunted growth in children.

Research shows that some asthma medications might contribute to other health problems such as mood changes, weight gain and also hinder immune functions that make asthma symptoms more frequent.

Fortunately, there’s a simple way round these setbacks, natural home remedies for asthma attacks are safer with lesser or no side effects whatsoever.

Oh well, here is a breakdown of the key points you will be getting from this home remedies for asthma attacks – the complete guide.
  • What is Asthma?
  • The  common symptoms of asthma
  • Home remedies for asthma attacks
  • Causes of asthma
  •  Homoeopathic treatments for asthma
  • Foods to be favoured
  • Foods to Avoid
  • Preventive measures
  • Allopathic or conventional treatments for asthma
I will recommend you block your mind for about 7 minutes and go through this guide. I assure you, you won’t regret it. It is a promise.

What are the Common Symptoms of Asthma

  • Wheezing:  Wheezing or whistling sound characterised by rapid breathing
  • Shortness of breath (dyspnea): Shortness of breath is a major source of distress in asthma patients.
  • Sneezing and coughing: In some people, the first symptom of asthma is a non-productive cough
  • Chest tightness (pain)
  • Dry mouth, especially if you begin breathing with your mouth more often instead of your nose
  • Rapid heartbeat rate and sweating
  • Frequent cold and cough
  • Uneasiness while sleeping
  • Excessive tiredness while carrying out physical activity
  •  Feeling lightheaded, dizzy and weak
  • Swollen glands and puffy lymph nodes in the neck – at times people with asthma feel like they are choking


Home Remedies for Asthma Attacks

 1. Garlic
Garlic gloves is an effective home remedies for asthma attack. Garlic gloves are more efficient in the early stages of asthma to relieve asthma symptoms.     
  • Boil ten gloves of garlic in 30ml of milk, allow cooling, drink daily.
  • Alternatively, steam ginger tea with minced garlic pods
 2. Ginger
Ginger is highly beneficial for overall human health, it is useful in treating several ailments including erectile dysfunction. Ginger is an ever-present ingredient in home remedies for asthma attacks. I have written a blog post on six scientifically proven herbal remedies for erectile dysfunction.
  • Make a juice with ginger, pomegranate, and honey. Drink 1 tablespoonful of the mixture two to three times daily.
  • You can also soak two tablespoons of dried fenugreek seeds and a tablespoon of honey in one tablespoon of ginger juice overnight and then consume morning and evening.
3. Fig (Ficus carica)
Dry figs are an efficient home remedies for asthma attacks in children. Fig helps clear mucus from bronchial tubes, boosting respiratory health and reducing breathing difficulties. Phlegmatic cases of cure can be treated successfully, as it helps drain off the phlegm.
·        Clean three or four dry figs thoroughly with warm water, and then soak overnight. The soaked figs should be taken along with water in the morning on an empty stomach to get relief for asthma attacks in adults and children. This home remedy for asthma treatment may be continued for about two months for effective results.

4. Mustard Oil (Brassica sp)
If you have asthma, mustard oil will help you get with relief from an attack. Mustard oil mixed with little camphor should be gently massaged over the chest and upper back several times until you are feeling better. This natural home remedies for asthma will loosen up phlegm and make breathing easier.

5. Honey
Honey is considered as one of the most effective natural asthma attack home treatment. It helps thins out accumulated mucus in the airways, bring relief for night time coughing and wheezing symptoms associated with asthma attacks.
·        Inhaling the aroma of honey has been known to bring relief from asthma attacks in children and adults.
·        Consume a teaspoonful of the honey mix in hot and drink slowly for two to three times daily.
·        You can also take a teaspoonful of honey with a ½ teaspoon of cinnamon powder and drink it before bedtime. This will help you sleep better at night.
6. Onions
Onions is another choice for the use of natural home remedies for asthma treatment because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Onions contain quercetin and some sulphur content which helps inhibits inflammation and clear the air passages. Be sure to consume both raw and cooked onions to treat asthma symptoms.

7.  Fennel Seeds
Chew fennel seeds on a regular basis will help you get rid of asthma symptoms. This also helps expel infected mucous from the lungs. 

8. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil, an essential oil extracted from eucalyptus tree is one of the most effective natural home remedies for asthma attack and symptoms in adults. Eucalyptol content in the plant helps to decongest the nasal passages and break up mucus freeing up the air passages. It also prevents the onset of asthma.
  • Put some drops of eucalyptus oil in a cup of boiling water and inhale in the steam. Ensure you take deep long breath for effective results
  • You can also put a few drops of this essential oil on a paper towel and keep it close to your head while you sleep so you can breathe in the aroma.
9. Coffee/Black Tea
The caffeine present acts as a bronchodilator and helps relax and clear the air passages making it a suitable natural herbal remedies for asthma attacks.  You can opt for black tea if you do not find coffee pleasant. However, make sure you do not consume more than 3 cups a day.
10. Tumeric
The yellow coloured spice is a valuable asthma attack home treatment. It contains compounds like curcumin which inhibits the release of COX-2 prostaglandins. These substances are instigators of inflammation in the body. It helps alleviates muscle spasms, relaxing the airways.
  • Consume a teaspoon of turmeric powder mix with a glass of milk two to three times daily. It is best taken on an empty stomach. Caution should be taken if the patient is on blood-thinning medications.
11. Parsley Leaf
This leaf is one of the good home remedies for an asthma cough. It is used to soothe a cough and loosens mucus as it acts as an expectorant.

  •         Add two teaspoons of fresh parsley leaf or one teaspoon of dried parsley to a cup of boiling water, strain and take the tea.
12. Indian Gooseberries (Amla)
The gooseberries fruit have proven to be very good in asthma attack treatment. Add five grammes of gooseberry mixed with one tablespoon of honey and consume the mixture.

13. Bitter Gourd
The roots of bitter gourd plant have been used in folk medicine since ancient times. A teaspoon of the root paste, mixed with an equal amount of honey or juice of the holy basil, is an excellent expectorant and is a very good natural remedy for asthma attack. It should be taken once every night fora month.

14. Ginkgo Biloba
 Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular and oldest natural home remedies for asthma in use today.  For asthma sufferers, ginkgo appears to inhibit PAF (platelet activating factor), a powerful inducer of platelet aggregator and anaphylactic reactions.
Natural Herbs that stimulate anti-PAF activity are known to assist in the treatment of asthma, allergic reactions, thrombosis and shock. One study showed that a 600mg standardized dose of ginkgo reduced airway hypersensitivity in patients with asthma. The normal dose is 120-240 mg’s of the standardized extract each day.

15. Licorice
Licorice roots have been used as home remedies for asthma treatment. It helps to restore breathing and calm the breathing passageways.
·        Brew a hot tea of licorice root mix with a teaspoon of honey for 10 minutes. This will soothe and reduce inflammation of the bronchial tubes to cure asthma attack.

16. Skullcap
Skullcap is another effective home remedies for asthma attack in adult. This herb is particularly helpful in stressful situations where the asthmatic may be more vulnerable to an asthma attack. Baicalen and baicalein, two chemicals in skullcap have been found to exhibit powerful anti-asthmatic activity. They work my inhibiting the release of histamine from cells in the lungs, making breathing easier.

17. Linseed
A decoction made from linseed is considered useful asthma home remedies in curing congestion in asthma and to prevent recurrence of asthma attacks. Linseed poultice can also be applied externally at the lung bases for reducing internal congestion.

18.  Lavender Oil
Lavender oil and other essential oils can help manage asthma cough, wheeze and trouble breathing. Its strong anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties are helpful during asthma attacks in adults and children.

  •         Rub two to three drops of lavender oil on your palms and place over your nose and mouth. Inhale the aroma for 5 to 10 minutes to breathe easier and feel more relax.
19. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is renowned as a natural home remedy for the treatment of cold and flu. Cayenne pepper contains a powerful substance called capsaicin which stimulates phlegm secretion to clear mucus from the lungs. This herb has been said to be more powerful than any other herb
  • Mix ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper in warm water, and drink the mixture. Repeat this twice daily, you can also increase the amount of the cayenne pepper as you get used to its hotness. These natural home remedies will help you get rid of asthma attacks.
20. Ginseng
Ginseng has been found in laboratory studies to repair damaged lung tissue. It is highly recommended for curing of asthma wheezing and shortness of breath because of its anti-allergic properties.

21. Adhatoda
The Adhatoda vasica leaf has been used for centuries to treat and cure asthma attack where it works as a bronchodilator and mild expectorant. Adhatoda also works by increasing the viscosity of mucous to assist with expectoration. The major alkaloid is vasicine present at levels of 45–95% and is the original source of the drug bromhexine, which is often still used to assist expectoration.

22. Oregano
Drinking Oregano tea twice daily has been very effective in home remedies for asthma attacks. Oregano helps in reducing the swelling and inflammation of the bronchial tubes and respiratory tracts. 

  •         Brew 3 teaspoons of oregano in a cup of boiling water with some natural honey from 20 minutes before straining. Drink thereafter.
23. Butterbur
This herb has been used as natural home remedies for asthma attacks and cold as far back as the 17th century. Butterbur extract are found to inhibit leukotrienes and histamines – this compounds are primarily responsible for the onset of asthma.

24. Stinging Nettle
This herb is an effective immune booster and a very good natural home remedies for asthma allergies. The anti-inflammatory and anti-histamines properties help reduce wheezing, coughing and shortness of breath. You can buy stinging nettle tea from health food stores.

25. Fishes
Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, tuna, mackerel and cod are one of the best home remedies for asthma treatment. Omega-3 reduces airway inflammation, open the bronchial tubes and immune system reactivity to quickly relieve asthma wheezing and coughing. This home remedy asthma treatment works for children too.

26. Raw salt
The use of unprocessed raw salt works pretty well as an emergency remedy for asthma attacks in children and adults even the absent of inhalers.

  •      Take a pinch of sea salt (do not use standard table salt) and place under the tongue, as the salt is dissolving a glass of water. 8 ounce to 10 ounces glass for a small and large person respectively. Ensure the water used is at room temperature as cold water could complicate asthma symptoms.
· Caution – research indicates that table salt can complicate your asthma attack symptoms. However using unprocessed sea salt or organic salt does the exact opposite by quickly calming and opening up the airways making it easier to breathe, curing asthma in the process.
Bob butts, the advocate of this cure says it is the best holistic treatment for asthma attacks. He went further to put up a $50,000 reward on live radio, vowing to pay parents the stated amount if this remedy fails to cure their child of childhood asthma. Till date, nobody has taken him up on the challenge. See here to read more on watercures remedy.
27. Raw milk
The healthy probiotics in raw milk known to boost the immune system improve the gut and prevent inflammation in the body. Probiotics are vital in the successful treatment of auto-immune diseases such as asthma and allergies.  Cultured dairy and fermented food such as sauerkraut, kombucha and yoghurt are good sources of probiotics.  Do well to include probiotics in diets in people suffering from asthma.

28. Soup
Obtain juice from blended radish and mix with some honey and lemon. It will help clear up your respiratory track, which help easier breathing. Soup is a very vital home remedy for asthma attack.

29. Coltsfoot
Coltsfoot has been used medicinally as a cough suppressant. The plant has also been used in historical times as natural home remedies to treat asthma and lung ailments as well as various coughs by way of smoking.

30. Grindelia
This is an expectorant herb with broncho spasmolytic activity. It is traditionally recommended for the treatment of spasmodic respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. The British Herbal Pharmacopoeia 1983 lists the specific indication as bronchial asthma with tachycardia.

31. Elecampane
Elecampane helps tone the lungs. This natural asthma home remedy is also used to treat emphysema. Elecampane is a stimulating and anti-inflammatory expectorant which helps dry up mucus secretions.

An Interesting Statistics on Asthma

It is important at this point to consider the causes of asthma, then, I will take you through some of the other treatments for asthma attack, foods to favoured and foods you should avoid, some other preventive measures to help you deal with asthma. Here is another statistics that will interest you.

With the surge in urbanization, there may be an additional 100 million people living with asthma by 2025. Asthma accounts 456,000 hospitalizations and a whooping 1.8 million emergency room visits and approximately 10 million out patients. Asthma is also a third ranking cause of hospitalization in children younger than 15 years.

In India alone, asthma affects 15-20 million people causing 148,000 deaths annually. With this in mind, let’s delve into the common  of asthma.

What are the Causes of Asthma

The exact cause of asthma is not known, but toxins and environmental factors (irritants) are now identified as the root causes of asthma. The most common triggers of asthma symptoms are
  • Allergens like Animal dander (from the skin, hair, or feathers of animals), Dust mites (contained in house dust), cockroaches, pollens from trees and grass and mould
  • Irritants such as cigarette smoke, air pollution, chemicals, cold air or changes in weather, strong odours from painting or cooking, scented products
  • Medicines such as aspirin and beta-blockers, Sulphites in food (dried fruit) or beverages (wine)
  • Genetic susceptibility and high amounts of stress
  • Viral upper respiratory infections
  • Physical activity, including exercise

Homeopathic Remedies for Asthma Attack

Carbo vegitabiles: This remedy is used when a person feels weak or faint with a hollow sensation in the chest. The person may be very cold (especially hands and feet), yet feels a need for moving air, wanting to sit beside a fan or open window. Other symptoms are gas and digestive upset.
Chamomilla: Asthma with a dry, hard, irritating cough that starts after being exposed to moving air, or after becoming overexcited and angry, may be helped with this remedy. The person seems hypersensitive and may be extremely irritable and agitated.

Ipecacuanha:  This remedy is indicated when coughing spasms lead to retching or vomiting. Other symptoms include wheezing, with a feeling of suffocation and heaviness in the chest. Mucus collects in breathing tubes, but the person has difficulty coughing much out.

Natrum sulphuricum: This remedy is sometimes indicated when asthma attacks are brought on by exposure to mould and dampness. The person may hold his/her chest while coughing because it feels so weak. Wheezing and breathing difficulties are aggravated by exertion, and episodes tend to be worse in the very early morning.

Nux vomica: When the persons have a tense, constricted feeling in the chest during asthma attacks, with pressure in the stomach. Problems are often worse in the morning.

Spongia tosta: A hard or “barking” cough during an asthma attack is a strong indication for this remedy. Breathing can be laboured, with a sawing sound, and not much mucus is produced.

Other homoeopathic medications for asthma include Arsenicum album, Pulsatilla, Aralia racemes and Aletris farinose.

Foods to be favoured

When treating asthma, it is important to make dietary changes, healthy diets are vital to the overall health of asthmatic patients and ensuring the body get the necessary nutrients to sustain immunity. Here are some of the most important foods to eat as you treat asthma
  • Vitamins and Antioxidants – brightly coloured food that contains carotenoids, vitamin A, and Vitamin C can help reduce asthma attacks symptoms.   Nutrients obtained from fresh, deep green and yellow-orange fruits and vegetables, which contain other chemicals that are lung protective. 
  • Vitamin C is needed to fight infection, reduce inflammation and increase the amount of oxygen.
  • Vitamin E, a very powerful antioxidant protect the body from free radicals and boosts the immune system. Carrots, sweet potatoes, berries, seeds are all recommended foods.
  • Foods with folate (Vitamin B) – folate-rich foods have been found in studies to reduce asthma wheezing by 40% by regulating inflammatory properties.  Green leafy vegetables, beans and nuts are rich sources of folate.
  • Broccoli, Broccoli sprouts, Brussels sprouts contain sulforaphane which helps block the harmful effects of air pollution and irritants and make breathing easier.
A study of 68,000 women showed that those who ate tomatoes, carrots and leafy greens had much lower rates of asthma than women who didn’t.

Food you should be avoiding

  • Trans-fat – Trans fat available in vegetable oils and hydrogenated oils can also spark asthma attacks. As a matter of facts, all fried foods must be eliminated.
  • Bottled Fed powdered and pasteurised infant formulas can also make your case worse as they cause excessive mucus to build up in the lungs.
  • Processed foods and refined sugars especially yeast from beer, wine and bread.
  • Hidden food allergens – foods such as pasteurized milk products, wheat, soy, gluten and eggs should be cut away from diet.
  •  Food preservative and colouring can trigger asthma attack, avoid MSG, tartrazine and sulfites. Dr Axe had this section succinctly covered.
 How to Prevent Asthma attacks
  • Avoid smoking and other secondary sources of smoke – smokes irritate the lungs and worsen asthma cough and wheezing.
  • Limit your exposure to dust and dust mites
  • Avoid antibacterial soaps and disinfectants
  • Avoid humidity – hot and humid weather isn’t good for asthma sufferers. You might get yourself a dehumidifier if necessary.
  • Moderate regular exercise – excessive exercise might worsen your asthma attacks, however, mild and moderate exercise, on the other hand, helps to reduce asthma attacks by strengthening the lungs. Find an exercise routine that works for you. Swimming and cycling would be a good start.
  • Keep your home away from roaches – cockroaches produce toxins substances that cause allergic reactions in asthmatics.
  • Avoid aerosols and petroleum- based ingredients in your beauty products. Natural products made from essential oils are highly recommended.
  • Manage Stress –Stress has been known to increase and trigger asthma attacks. Try natural stress relievers such as massage and deep abdominal breathing.
·  Breathing exercise - The British Guideline on the management of Asthma recommends Buteyko and pranayama yoga for asthma treatment. This has been found to reduce the severity and length of asthma attacks.

Are there Conventional Treatments for Asthma?

Conventional or allopathic treatments for asthma exist and your doctors will consider many options when deciding on which medicine will work fine for you. Here are the common types of Medicine used for asthma treatments.

Long –Term Control Medicines
These medications are taken daily, usually on a long-term basis, to achieve and maintain control of persistent asthama
  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Cromolyn
  • Omalizumab
  • Inhaled long-acting beta-agonists
  • Leukotriene modifiers 
  • Theophylline 

Quick-Relief Medicines
Quick-relief medications are also called “rescue” medications because they can stop the symptoms of an asthma attack. They are mostly active at the early signs of asthma attacks. They include Short-acting beta-2 agonists, Ipratropium, Oral and intravenous corticosteroids. You can read more about conventional asthma treatments here.

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Journal References

1.      Sateesh k. Vemula, Pandu r. Turapati, Raja S. R. Ponugoti and  Prasad Garrepally (2001). Asthma: Alternative Management Approaches. Asian Journal Of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research  4:1-8

2. Khatry Sadhna and Abbulu K (2010).Holistic Approach to Management of Asthma. International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy 1 (4):367-383. Available through