Natural treatment for Breathlessness (dyspnea)

Natural treatment for Breathlessness (dyspnea)

Sudden shortness of breath, or breathing difficulty (dyspnoea), is the most common reason for visiting a hospital accident and emergency department.
Breathlessness is a subjective sensation of difficult, labored or uncomfortable breathing. Approximately two thirds of cases of dyspnea in adults are due to a pulmonary or cardiac disorder.
The following is a summary of the main acute causes of breathlessness, which also serves to indicate the potential severity of this condition.
Cardiac causes: severe pulmonary edema; acute myocardial infarction; arrhythmia; pericarditis and pericardial effusion.
Pulmonary causes: pneumonia; pneumothorax; pulmonary embolism; asthma; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); large airway obstruction (for example, anaphylaxis, foreign body, bronchial carcinoma and epiglottitis).
Other causes: pain; diabetic; ketoacidosis; drugs (for example, an aspirin overdose); trauma (for example, to the larynx); hyperventilation and panic attack; thyrotoxicosis; altitude sickness.

Natural treatment

Myrobalan (Terminalia bellirica)

Boil 2 teaspoons of the dried fruit in 2 teacups of water until the volume is halved. Add 1 teaspoon of honey and take the decoction once a day.

 When to call a doctor

You should call your GP immediately if you have sudden shortness of breath, as there may be a problem with your airways or heart.

Your GP will assess you over the phone, and may either visit you at home or admit you to hospital. If your shortness of breath is the result of anxiety, you may be asked to come to the surgery rather than a home visit.

If you've struggled with your breathing for a while, don't ignore it. See your GP as it's likely you have a long-term condition, such as obesity,asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which needs to be managed properly.
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