An asthma attack is a spasm in the airway muscles that causes wheezing and additional breathing issues. It is often triggered by allergies, dust, stress, smoking, and pollution. While regular exercise can help with asthma by increasing lung capacity, it can also cause asthma attacks.
Certain herbs may have potential in reducing the symptoms of asthma. More research is necessary on the anti-asthmatic actions of herbs. Human studies are lacking.
A bronchodilator helps to dilate the bronchi to increase air flow, often useful with asthma and congestion. The 1,8-cineole constituent as found in eucalyptus is an example, although it should be avoided with young children and may cause increased asthma symptoms in some.
By: Kathy Sadowski