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Black Seeds – Ancient Healing Food

The black seeds come from an annual flowering plant – Nigella Sativa – and is well-known for its healing properties since ancient times. It is frequently referred to as Roman coriander, black caraway, black sesame, black cumin and black onion seed. It is known today primarily as black seed.

The earliest record showing cultivation and use as food and in healing come from ancient Egypt. In Arabic culture it is known as "seed of blessing" and "a remedy for all diseases except death".

Black Seeds Healing Benefits

Many of black seeds traditionally known health benefits have been thoroughly confirmed by biomedical literature and clinical studies. In fact, PubMed – the public library of clinical studies – shows over 600 studies involving Nigella Sativa

Black seed is another natural remedy proving great natural healing properties on respiratory system and respiratory diseases such as asthma, bronchitis, colds and flu, tonsillitis. For a synergetic effect in respiratory diseases and shortness of breath, use home salt therapy together with food that is known for its respiratory benefits, such as black seeds.

 

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Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Respiratory Diseases

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper in Respiratory Diseases

Cayenne Pepper is well known for thousands of years for its healing properties. The famous herbal Dr. Schulze said:
"If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other."

Cayenne pepper was found to have potent effects in the heart and circulatory system and even a lifesaver in the case of heart attack. Beside the other health effects illustrated in the picture below, cayenne pepper also has significant health effects on respiratory system and mucus membranes. In sore throat a gargle with cayenne pepper tea and a pinch on natural rock salt will cure it.

cayenne pepper health benefits

The capsaicin in cayenne pepper stimulates secretions and protects mucus membranes from upper and lower respiratory tract. It clears the mucus and opens the airways from nose and lungs, clears the sinuses and promotes sweating. Drinking cayenne pepper tea is beneficial in colds and flu.

Cayenne pepper is a good source of beta-carotene that has great effects on reducing symptoms in asthma. It helps in developing healthy mucus membranes in the nasal passages, sinuses, lungs and urinary tracts and so providing protection against invading pathogens, it increases immunity to infections.

Due to its high capsaicin and beta-carotene content, cayenne pepper is an excellent decongestant and expectorant, make it useful in cystic fibrosis where the transport of mucus is altered. It loosen phlegm or mucus from the lungs and airways, reduce sweling and inflammation on the respiratory tract easing breathing problems and shortness of breath.

Due to these health benefits, using cayenne pepper together with home salt therapy is highly recommended to potentize the benefits in respiratory diseases.

Lots of reasons to include cayenne pepper in your diet!

 

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How to Improve Lung Health Naturally

Here are 5 ways how to improve your lung health naturally:

Improve lung health naturally

1. Quit smoking – smoking destroys the cilia that help in removing pollutants and impurities from the air we breathe; ages the cells prematurely and reduces the oxygen intake in our breathing

2. Minimize indoor air pollutants by reducing the use of chemical based products (air fresheners and cleaning products) and use air cleaning devices.

3. Use Home Salt Therapy to maintain a good hygiene over the whole respiratory system, clear clogged airways and reduce inflammation; the salt particles also clean the indoor air – negatively charged particles of salt stick to the positively charged particles of pollutants, dust and allergens; kills bacteria and fungi.

4. Have a healthy diet with nutrients that improve and protect lungs – beta-carotene and antioxidants from carrots, berries, apples, citrus and greens; ginger, garlic, onions, turmeric are also very good to reduce inflammation and clear mucus; reduce the intake of fatty foods, meat and dairy products.

5. Breathing Exercises – sit straight on a chair in a ridding position, slightly press your abdomen and slowly lower your body forward; put your hands onto your knees and relax; breathe slowly only through your nose, so that neither your abdomen nor chest moves, for about 10 minutes.

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Physiotherapy for Relief in Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath or dyspnea can be temporary, intermittent or chronic depending on underlying medical conditions. Asthma, obstructions in air passages, heart trouble, cancer, allergies,bronchitis, COPD, emphysema, neuromuscular conditions, pneumonia and pulmonary hypertension are a few of the causes. A doctor examines you thoroughly and recommends lab tests to determine causes before prescribing medication. For patients with severe or even moderate underlying medical conditions, the pharmacological route is the best.

dyspnea causes and treatment

Pharmacological intervention may be accompanied with physiotherapy to bring still greater relief to those affected with shortness of breath. A physiotherapist teaches the patient how to breathe and slow down rate of respiration. A patient learns how to relax, sit right and pace themselves when they walk or exercise. Air is taken in gently and let out slowly in a natural way, the patient taking deeper breaths each time he practices. Patients learn to visualize themselves as being in a relaxed state while engaged in breathing practice.

A few precautionary measures are also taught such as avoiding bending down, eating too much and reducing weight besides remaining in a calm environment. Other techniques taught to patients are practical such as to pull objects, not push them, slide heavy objects instead of lifting them and avoid hot or cold showers. By suitable planning of exercises or day to day activities, onset of dyspnea can be avoided in those most prone to it.

Results show that practical physiotherapy sessions can make a lot of difference to the quality of life of an individual suffering from dyspnea and should be a part of the therapeutic process.

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Understanding and Fighting Hay Fever

Hay Fever known in medicine as allergic rhinitis, is an allergic inflammation of the nasal mucosa and nasal airways to pollens of any kind of plants, including those used to make hay. The symptoms are similar to those of a common cold or flu: stuffy nose, runny nose, sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, inflammation of the nasal passages, sinusitis, breathing difficulty, increased clear watery mucus.

Allergic rhinitis refers generally to an allergic reaction caused by any type of allergen, such us pollen, dust, air pollution, animal dander (shed skin and hair), chemicals, etc.   

 

Allergy - Hay Fever - Allergic Rhinitis

Individuals with a sensitive immune system react to these allergens once they are inhaled. The allergens trigger the production of antibody immunoglobulin E (IgE) in such individuals, this causing the release of histamines and other chemicals, resulting in the allergic symptoms described above.

Allergies are very common today and increasing each year. Heredity, developing itself in decrease immunity with each generation, and environmental pollution contribute to a predisposition to allergies. Western countries are more affected and the trend is growing.

Hay fever is usually caused by pollen of specific seasonal plants, most common in spring. However, it is not unusual to suffer from hay fever throughout the year. The pollen that causes hay fever varies by regions and between individuals. The most predominant pollen is the tiny, almost invisible pollen from plants that are pollinated by wind and not those pollinated by insects. Those pollinated by insects have large pollens which are not airborne being too heavy.  

In Japan, the most commonly allergic pollen comes from two native Japanese tree species, used in massive reforestation after the World War II, cryptomeria and Japanese cypress trees.  

In North America, the most common allergic pollen is ragweed, late summer and fall.

What is the treatment in hay fever?… How are allergies diagnosed?
The goal is to prevent and reduce the symptoms in hay fever or allergic rhinitis, as there is not a real understanding of the cause of allergic reaction in western medicine.

Avoiding the allergen is the most effective measure, if it can be applied. To control symptoms, doctors prescribe intranasal corticosteroids, associated or not with oral antihistamines and decongestants. Long term treatment with corticosteroids is not recommended due to the side-effects of prolonged steroid therapy.

Nasal irrigation with saline solution can also help to wipe-off the allergens and clear the nasal passages.

Desensitization to allergens, by immunotherapy or allergy shots, can have some results if it is given for one full year, but it is discontinued if there is no improvement after five years.

Desensitization and increased immunity of respiratory mucosa to allergen have been seen in prolonged aerosol salt therapy. Using home salt therapy on a daily basis, for 7-8 hours a day, for at least three years, greatly improves the respiratory immunity to infections and allergens.  

Complications
Nasal allergy
due to its chronic nature, can cause recurrent sinusitis, malformation of the nasal passages, nasal polyps, otitis media and hearing problems, orthodontic problems and there is a high risk in developing allergic asthma, as the sensitive area grows from the nasal passages to lower respiratory tract.

 

 

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More about asthma

Find more about asthma, symptoms and pathology, treatment and natural tips to control asthma. Did you know that including turmeric in your diet can make a difference in your asthma?
There are also other natural ways how you can relieve asthma symptoms… read more here: https://www.salinetherapy.com/terminology/asthma/

Health benefits of turmeric