Updated: July 8, 2015
For some people simple chores like climbing staircase or fast paced walking can create lots of difficulty in breathing normally. This is sometimes a sign of bronchial spasm.
Bronchial spasms are common with people who are suffering from asthma. The common symptoms of bronchial spasms are coughing, heaviness and tightness in the chest or wheezing.
Kinds of Bronchial Spasm
There are two kinds of bronchial spasms – acute spasms and paradoxical spasms. In 2005 a publication by North Chicago’s Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences revealed that acute spasm happens due to abrupt constriction in the lung’s muscle walls.
The acute spasm is potentially serious and it causes excessive mucus production which will further irritate or block the air passage causing difficulty in breathing. Whereas, Paradoxical bronchial spasms happens when a medicine takes to cure bronchospasm has a side effect or allergic reaction in the body making the situation worse.
Main Causes of Bronchial Spasms
There are many things which can trigger a spasm. The most common factors that trigger spasm are dust, molds, pet hair, and pollens. But aside from these, there are also other causes of bronchial spasm that we should all be aware of:
- Other irritants in the air such as cigarette smoke or charcoal smoke may also trigger a bronchial spasm.
- Respiratory infections from an ongoing flu or cold can also trigger a bronchial spasm when the climate suddenly changes.
- Any strenuous exercise or physical activity which makes a person breathe heavily can also cause to start a bronchial spasm.
- A very strong emotional response can also cause bronchial spasm.
- Some people may be more prone to bronchial spasms due to their hereditary.
Natural and Herbal Cures To Treat Bronchial Spasms
People can try some natural and herbal cures to avoid or to treat bronchial spasm. These natural remedies are safe and very beneficial to our health. But of course, it would always be wise to consult with a doctor if a person has some serious conditions due to bronchial spasm. Here are some natural and herbal cures to help treat bronchial spasm:
1. Breathing Pattern:
In the year 1960 Dr Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko from Ukraine formed the theory that those who have asthma tend to over breathe and they should try to breathe less to lessen the symptoms of asthma including bronchial spasms. This therapy helps in improving the lung functions and also helps in maintaining appropriate levels of carbon dioxide as well as nitric oxide in the compounds in the lungs which are soothing in nature.
A study in the year 2009 conducted by Institute of medicinal Chemistry in Germany concluded that the Thyme herb has anti spasmodic properties as it has high amounts of Flavonoid. The effect of thyme herb was evident on tracheal muscles. This would surely be a good way for people to keep themselves healthy and away from bronchial spasm.
3. Black Cohosh:
In the year 1991 a Japanese study concluded that Black Cohosh extracts act as a spasmolytic herb. It also has mild sedative effect that tends to relax the nerves as well as the muscles. Black Cohosh herb can be consumed in the form of a tincture which would make it easier for people to take this herbal remedy.
4. Omega 3:
In the year 2003 a study conducted at Indiana University in Bloomington established that fish oil helps in reducing the chances of bronchospasm in athletes. This particular study focused on elite group of athletes as they are prone to bronchial spasms due to elongated exposure to irritants and excess inhalation of dry and cold air.
5. Quit Smoking:
A study conducted in Gorgia established that smoking increased the chances of getting bronchial spasms. Those who have asthma must quit smoking to prevent further effects of bronchial spasms.
6. Reduce Salt Intake:
In the year 2004 a study conducted by the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children Health indicated that less salt intake showed potential improvement in pulmonary functions. Therefore people must be very particular with their food and should minimize salt intake.
7. Reduce Meat Intake:
In the year 2004 a study conducted at California’s Loma Linda University concluded that those on a vegetarian diet had lesser chances to get bronchial spasms. We all know that vegetables are good for our health. So people with bronchial spasm or related conditions we must always include vegetables in their diet and avoid meat as much as possible.
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