Treating Asthma with Turmeric
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Treating Asthma with Turmeric

One of the best natural remedies to help prevent and treat an asthma attack is turmeric. Turmeric can also be used to help treat other diseases as well such as heart disease, inflammatory bowel disease and rheumatoid arthritis. However, turmeric does have side effects so check with an herbalist before using this herb to make sure it is safe for you.

Chronic asthma is a condition I have been suffering from for about 3 years now. My asthma has recently worsened over time due to an autoimmune disease I have that has weakened my immune system. One of the difficulties I have been running into with my asthma is not being able to treat it quickly and effectively with prescription asthma medication that has been prescribed to me such as steroid medications and bronchodilator inhalers. However, a dear friend of mine did some research for me one night during an asthma attack and found out turmeric has anti-inflammatory medicinal properties in it that could relieve the tightness in my chest and airways and sure enough I tried it and it worked wonders. After finding out the turmeric worked for relieving my asthma attack I decide to share with all of you asthma sufferers a bit of information on turmeric and how to relieve your asthma attacks naturally as well when you cannot find relief from one either.

Appearance, Texture and Scent of Turmeric

For those of you who are not sure what turmeric is, it is a deep golden yellow colored rhizome that grows underground in moist rich soil deep in the topical rainforest. The herb is similar to ginger root and in fact part of the ginger root family. The herb is native to South Asia, but many people all over the world plant turmeric in their gardens and around their homes as a natural pesticide to help keep ants away. However, the most popular way turmeric is used is by boiling the rhizomes in a large pot of water for several hours and then placed in the hot sun, or over a fire in a Dutch oven, or in a hot oven to dry out for several more hours. Once the turmeric is dried out, it is grinded into a fine powder that is known as turmeric spice. Turmeric spice has a rich deep golden yellow color to it and fine powdery texture that has a strong peppery mustard scent and flavor. The spice is typically used to flavor foods, but many people use the spice for medicinal purposes.

The Medicinal Uses of Turmeric

Turmeric is used for medicinal purposes because it contains anti-oxidants in it that help heal the body from all kinds of infections naturally. The herb also contains antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and anticancer properties as well. The herb is very useful in treating and preventing autoimmune diseases, colon cancers, Alzheimer's disease, heart diseases, stomach cancer, the common cold and flu, inflammatory bowel disease, parasite infections, prostate cancer, headaches, tumors, rheumatoid arthritis, cysts, ulcers, cramping and high fevers.

Using Turmeric to Treat Asthma

I use turmeric daily now to prevent and treat my chronic asthma condition naturally thanks to my good friend. The way I use turmeric spice to prevent asthma attacks is by mixing a 1 ½ teaspoons with 2 cups of whole milk and a teaspoon of ground ginger and drinking it down on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. Drinking the turmeric mixed in with whole milk on an empty stomach gets the turmeric directly into the gut and absorbed into the body better so it works at its best to keep inflammation down in the body. During an asthma attacks I do the same thing, but sometimes I need to drink two glass of turmeric with milk and ginger to relieve the attack safely and effectively. Usually within 10 minutes of drinking the mixture my asthma attack goes away and I can breathe freely again. However, if this does not work for you it is best to see a doctor right away to get your asthma properly treated. Remember, asthma can be a life threatening disease if not properly treated.

Side Effects of Turmeric

Side effects of turmeric are rare, but it can cause nausea and diarrhea when taken in large doses. Pregnant women should not use this herb to treat any type of medicinal condition naturally because it has been known to stimulate the uterus and cause miscarriages. Taking turmeric in high dosages has also been known to cause gallbladder problems and slow blood clotting in some people, but this is very rare. Overall, turmeric is a safe and powerful herb for treating many common health conditions naturally.

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The golden herb turmeric is a real boon. In India, it has an important place in all rituals.

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thank you for sharing this wonderful information.

I have suffered from Asthma since Teenage and it has recently become worse. I am trying the combination but I must admit that usually a get lazy and forget to do this everyday. I have now put a reminder for myself to do this everyday in the morning before breakfast.

Thank you so much:

my 4 year odl son has chronic asthma. He has been on daily medication and puffer for years and occassionally still gets major cough attacks. We have been making a soft drink :)  A make a tumeric tea with 5 tsp on chopped tumeric root, 3 tsp of chopped ginger root to 5 cup of water, 1 cup of xylitol (for toddler taste) Boil it for 10 minutes that I dilute it 1/2 with water and put i it through the soda stream bottle to get turn it into soft drink :). My son has about 3 x 1/2 cups per day. We have now stopped taking the daily puffer and are having meds every 2nd day. Havne't had a coughing attack since.  If he does start to cough, I get him to drink some more dragon juice :).  so far so good. Obviously, I am very cautious of always having his asthma meds on handy just in case we do need them.