Natural and herbal remedies for the treatment of shortness of breath.

Natural and herbal remedies for the treatment of shortness of breath.

Shortness of Breath

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What is Shortness of Breath?

Most people have had the experience of feeling short of breath after some intense physical exertion. Your chest may feel tight and it may feel like you just can’t get enough air in. Breathing may seem very difficult or laborious, and in some cases, you may even have some chest pain.

What Causes Shortness of Breath?

Being short of breath is a common and almost expected complaint when someone has just run a 100m sprint uphill, but when shortness of breath is disproportionate to the levels of physical exertion, it is referred to as dyspnea. Dyspnea is a symptom of a number of medical conditions, and when it is unexpected or severe, it should be treated as a medical emergency. A number of serious conditions such as heart attack, pneumonia, heart failure or asthma attack can cause shortness of breath.

Other causes of dyspnea include pregnancy, stress, and upper respiratory infection obesity and poor fitness levels. As shortness of breath is a symptom rather than a condition, it is essential to first determine the underlying cause of the problem with the guidance of your health care practitioner.

Help for Shortness of Breath

Natural Remedies

Herbs have been used throughout the ages to promote respiratory health. Taken either as internal remedies, or inhaled via an infusion, herbal as well as homeopathic ingredients have played a significant part in helping to maintain open airways and easy breathing, while also encouraging healthy immune system functioning.

Commonly used herbs that promoted respiratory health include Matricaria recutita which is known for its antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory and calmative properties, while Astralagus is renowned for its anti-bacterial and immune boosting properties. Homeopathic ingredients such as Arsen alb, Mag Phos and Nat Sulph are successful at supporting and relaxing lungs and bronchioles, easing tight chests and reducing the presence of phlegm in the chest. With regular use, these herbal and homeopathic ingredients promote and support respiratory health while opening the chest and airways for easy breathing.