Natural Remedies and Asthma Breathing

Since asthma is related to inflammation of the lungs and constriction of the smooth involuntary bronchiole muscles, how can doing natural remedies such as breathing exercises help alleviate your symptoms?

For starters, it is estimated that about 30% of asthmatics suffer some degree of breathing dysfunction. Bad habits are easily learned when suffering from asthma symptoms and it is not uncommon for those habits to continue in between attacks ñ breathing through the mouth and short, shallow breaths for example.

This type of breathing deprives the lungs of their full potential to effectively exchange oxygen with carbon dioxide. Breathing exercises enforce good habits where the full range of lung function is used. Consequently, the body gets the oxygen it needs and you will feel better, particularly your energy levels. I met a group of wedding photographers raleigh nc recently and one of them was sharing with me about her experience with asthma.

And not only will it make the breathing process more efficient, there is evidence that breathing muscles (diaphragm and lung muscles) are strengthened. So even if breath training doesnít directly improve lung function, eliminating bad habits will improve overall health and quality of life. And this new energy level is important in getting stronger and finding the motivation to attack asthma with a total management plan that results in symptoms being completely controlled ñ with very little, if any, need for medications.

In addition to increased energy levels and stronger lung muscles, there is another benefit to breathing exercises ñeven if it doesnít directly result in increased lung function. And that is when actually enduring an asthma attack.

Anyone who has asthma knows what it is like to struggle for breath. You canít get enough air into your lungs and just as agonizing, you canít seem to get any air out. Asthmatics who practice correct breathing exercises are much more likely to be able to endure, in a controlled manner, an asthma attack than those that don’t.

Controlling asthma cannot be achieved by only using one tool. Multiple tools should be used ñ in addition to the control and relief medications prescribed by your physician. Diet, exercise, trigger controls are all essential components; and so is a good and consistent program of breathing exercises. Just one tool won’t get rid of your asthma symptoms. But using all the tools available to you can and there is no reason you can’t enjoy a symptom free lifestyle.

Natural Health Remedies and Massage Therapy

It is becoming common in the field of natural health remedies that massage therapy can help to improve one’s overall well being. According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research proves that massage therapy provides many important health benefits, including:

Improvement in blood circulation in the body, which aids in the recovery of muscle soreness due to physical activity.

Relaxation of muscles for an improved range of motion. Muscle relaxation also helps in the treatment of insomnia. The increase in endorphin levels is actually one of the greatest benefits of the massage therapy. Endorphins are body chemicals that lend a feel-good feeling, which is very effective in managing chronic pain.

It is important to ensure that precautions are exercised while receiving massage therapy. Your muscle should relax in response to the pressure applied by a massage therapist, in the absence of which, it is possible that muscles are inflamed. In such cases, you should not opt for back massages as a treatment option and consult his/her doctor for the treatment. A friend in the box cutters business told me that most muscle spasms require four massage treatments, usually spread over a six weeks period, to achieve best results. If muscle spasms do not respond to the neuromuscular therapy within two massages, try using another therapy.

If you have severe lower back pain, it is advisable that you undergo thorough medical checkup before commencing the massage therapy.

Natural Health Remedies and Essential Oils

You will be surprised that many of the natural health remedies in this world are free. A gentle hug, smile or a kiss are forms of connection, bonding between the parent and the child. A loving nurturing touch of massage on the feet, arms, hands, back, abdomen and legs is therapeutic for both the child and parent, usually the mother. Babies at six weeks of age can recognize their mother’s scent, hence making them extremely sensitive to any kind of fragrance, pleasant or unpleasant.

Natural and pure essential oils used during the upbringing of your child supports your little one’s health, happiness and well being. You may have read this in many natural health remedy shops. Essential oils have distinct composition determining the fragrance, colour, and effect on our body. Before you introduce your child to the aromatic world of fragrances, seek advice from your GP or qualified aroma therapist. If possible, carry out detailed research your self on the oil you plan to use on your infant or child. These days, you can find many little giftings scented with essential oil. I was in the gift shop buying wind spinners and there were so many nice things with essential oil scented on them.

Listed below are few commonly used essential oils that are used for kids.

– Lavender oil is excellent home remedy for headaches, earaches and even insect bites.
– Geranium and rose oils act as a good skin softener, toner and natural astringent.
– Chamomile and peppermint oils prevent hair loss.
– Lavender, lemon and curry leaf oils provide relief from dandruff.
– For any bruises and burns, use tea tree and lavender oils.
– Black pepper oil is good for constipation.
– Cedar wood, eucalyptus and tea tree oils alleviate coughs.
– Ginger, lavender and thyme oil works wonders on sore throats.
– Lavender and roman chamomile oil blend allows for restful sleep at night.
– Lemon and grapefruit oils added to a tub of warm water for a bath refreshes the kid.

A word of caution for any parents planning on using aromatherapy oils on their children. Please exercise caution while using essential oils or any natural health remedies. Its best to stick to mild oils and less is best.