Around 36.6 million people in the USA are diagnosed with respiratory disease, and there are another 13 million which suffering while undiagnosed. Such diseases can seriously interfere with lung health and the quality of life in general.
How is lung health affected by these diseases?
Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the most common. The first one is a chronic disorder characterized by reversible moments of breathing difficulty because of obstruction and narrowing the airway. It is caused by the inflammation and can be reversed and treated using preventive measures that include breathing exercises or the use of an inhaler. If left untreated these episodes of breathing issues can be deadly. The other chronic disease is preventable and is characterized by limiting the airflow and causing symptoms which can’t be fully reversed, unlike asthma. As the disease progresses, the airflow limitation increases, and this is associated with an inflammatory response to outside particles or gases like noxious vapors, exhaust, and cigarette smoke.
The underlying causes of these diseases are different and the symptoms are caused by inflammation. This is what actually causes the airway obstruction, resulting in difficult breathing.
Both of the diseases have similar symptoms and the min result s difficulty in breathing and lack of oxygen in the body. Some include:
- Lips and fingernails turning grey or blue;
- Rapid heartbeat;
- Shortness of breath;
- Chest tightness.
Some people can die due to suffocation brought by asthma attacks in some serious cases.
Herbs which promote lung health
In order to treat these diseases you need to find a way to reduce the inflammation. These are some household herbs which can help you:
These herbs contain rosmarinic acid which can help treat respiratory diseases due to the anti-inflammatory properties which can soothe inflamed airways that allow the air travel through them with ease.
A study discovered that rosmarinic acid is able to reduce the injury of lung caused by inhalation of diesel exhaust particles. The study was conducted on mice who were experiencing lung damage because of inhaling these diesel exhaust particles. Researchers discovered that rosemary acid can reduce the damage caused by the lungs through inhibiting the inflammatory response to inhaling the diesel exhaust particles.
The rosmarinic acid reduces the symptoms and lung damage caused by airways inflammation, making it an effective treatment for most of the respiratory diseases.
You can get the dosage by drinking herbal tea from those mentioned above. Add 2 teaspoons in hot water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes. It is ready for consumption.