Respiratory issues are extremely common in the United States and approximately 36.6 people are diagnosed with a respiratory disease, with another 13 million estimated to be suffering while undiagnosed. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the most most common respiratory diseases.

How These Diseases Affect Lung Health

As mentioned above, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are the two most prevalent respiratory diseases in the United States. Asthma is characterized by narrowing and obstruction of the airway which leads to reversible moments of breathing difficulty.  The cause of this narrowing is often inflammation which can be reversed and treated by breathing exercises and the use of an inhaler.

Unlike asthma, COPD symptoms cannot be fully reversed and this disease is characterized by limiting airflow. This limitation of airflow is basically an inflammatory response to outside gasses, such as noxious vapors, cigarette smoke and exhaust.

Although it is believed that both diseases are affected by genetic and environmental factors, researchers suggest that the cause of asthma is primarily genetic while COPD is caused by exposure to harmful particles. While the causes of the diseases differ, the symptoms of both asthma and COPD are caused by inflammation.

Symptoms of Respiratory Diseases

– Wheezing
– Coughing
– Chest tightness
– Shortness of breath
– Rapid heart beat
– Lips and fingernails turning blue or grey

Herbs That Promote Lung Health

Given the fact that inflammation is the main cause of these issues, it is important to find a way to reduce it. The good news is that there are many herbs which can help you reduce inflammation naturally. Rosmarinic acid is a flavonoid which is found in many herbs. Among them are:

  •  Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Peppermint
  • Thyme
  • Basil
  • Marjoram
  • Perilla
  • Oregano

This acid acts as a potent anti-inflammatory agent that can sooth inflamed airways and thus allow air to travel through them more easily. According to a study, oral supplementation of rosmarinic acid had the ability to reduce lung injury caused by inhalation of diesel exhaust particles. This study was done on mice with lung damage caused by inhaling these particles.

This goes to show that rosmarinic acid can reduce symptoms of lung damage caused by inflammation of the airways. Therefore, it is an amazing treatment for most types of respiratory diseases.

The good news is that many common herbs contain rosmarinic acid and you can get your dosage by drinking herbal tea only. All you have to do is to add two teaspoons of rosemary or any other of the aforementioned herbs to hot water and let it steep for 10-15 minutes.

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Respiratory issues are extremely common in the United States and approximately 36.6 people are diagnosed with a respiratory disease, with another 13 million estimated to be suffering while undiagnosed. Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are the most most common respiratory diseases. How These Diseases Affect Lung Health As mentioned above,...