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What are different home remedies for Respiratory Diseases? – Part 1

What are Respiratory Diseases?

• Diseases affecting the respiratory system of the body are referred to as Respiratory Diseases.
• They can be acute or chronic in nature.
• Acute Respiratory Infections are quite common, especially in young children.
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary/ Lung Disease (COPD) are a combination of chronic Respiratory disorders and Emphysema.
• Respiratory disorders are characterized by the inflammation of the main air passages resulting in breathing difficulties.
• Respiratory infections caused by bacterial infection are generally cured by antibiotics.
• The same antibiotics are rendered ineffective in case of viral infections.

They include diseases like:
• Respiratory disorders
• Emphysema
• Tuberculosis
• Influenza
• Pulmonary Hypertension
• Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
• Lung Cancer
• Many other diseases

These diseases tend to affect:
• Lungs
• Air passages
• Air sacs
• Windpipe
• Bronchial tubes

Causes of Respiratory Diseases

• Acute Respiratory Infections are usually caused by viral infections.
• These infections can prove to be fatal for children under the age of five.
• Exposure to certain elements can be held responsible for causing respiratory troubles like:
– Smoke
– Dust
– Mists
– Fumes
– Other industrial wastes
• Tobacco abuse
• Cigarette smoking
• Environmental pollution
• Hereditary factors

What are affects of respiratory disorders?

• Respiratory disorders causes narrowing of the bronchial tubes due to increased sensitivity of the airways resulting in inflammation.
• Respiratory disorders attacks are common during night hours.
• The most obvious symptom of Respiratory Diseases is shortness of breath or breathlessness.

Common respiratory and non respiratory symptoms of a number of Respiratory Diseases are:

• Chest discomfort
• Inflammation in the respiratory tract
• Wheezing
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Fatigue
• Fever
• Cough with or without mucus

Home Remedies for Respiratory Diseases

1. Bath
• The patient should perspire through steam bath, hot footbath, hot hipbath and sunbath.
• This will stimulate the skin and relieve congested lungs.

2. Honey
• Honey is considered highly beneficial in the treatment of respiratory disorders.
• At the time of respiratory disorders attack, a jug full of honey should be placed under the nose of patient.
• Within few minutes the patient would start breathing easily.
• One can also mix 1 teaspoon honey in a glass of water and have it 3 times a day.
• This is very good home remedy for respiratory disorders.

3. Garlic
• The patient should be given garlic cloves that are boiled in thirty grams of milk daily.

4. Ginger
• Steaming ginger tea with minced garlic cloves should be given twice a day every morning and evening.

5. Turmeric
• A teaspoonful of turmeric powder with a glass of milk 2-3 times a day is recommended.
• It is highly beneficial when taken on an empty stomach.

6. Mustard oil
• During the attack, mustard oil mixed with little camphor should be massaged over the back of the chest.

7. Steam with caraway seeds
• The patient should also be made to inhale steam from boiling water mixed with ajwain (caraway seeds).
• This is one of the simplest respiratory disorders treatments.

8. Honey and lemon and radish
• Blend radish, honey and lemon juice together in a blender.
• Mix for about 20 minutes and cook in small pan on less heat.
• Take one teaspoon of it in the morning daily.
• This is good respiratory disorders remedy.

General tips that can be done are:

• Air, sun and water are also great healing agents.
• The patient should sit in fresh air for sometime daily.
• Try to avoid dusty places, exposure to cold, mental worries and tensions.

Clinical Manifestations & Assessment of Respiratory Disease Clinical Practitioners Pocket Guide to Respiratory Care Egan’s Fundamentals of Respiratory Care

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