The exact causes of asthma are not known but it can be triggered by allergies, air pollution, respiratory infections, emotions, weather conditions, sulphites in food and certain medications. Common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. The severity of these symptoms varies from person to person. Asthma can be controlled well in most people most of the time, although some people may have more persistent problems. Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is known as an “asthma attack” – and can be relieved by a number of the following home treatments.

1. Ginger

Ginger is a well-known natural treatment for various ailments and has a number of health benefits. It is also effective as an asthma treatment. Researchers have found that it can help reduce airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction. Additionally, some studies suggest that ginger is rich in compounds that may enhance the muscle relaxant effects of certain asthma drugs. If you would like to try it, mix equal quantities of ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey. Consume one tablespoon of this mixture two or three times a day. You can also try making a fenugreek decoction by boiling one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and mixing one teaspoon each of ginger juice and honey in it. Drink this solution every morning and evening.