Saturday, December 27, 2003

The kitchen clinic

Cold weather and pollution are a deadly combination for young asthmatics. Since Ayurveda classifies asthma as an acutely kaphic disorder brought on by excessive mucous and phlegm, the best prescription is honey.

Packed with subtle alcohols and ethereal oils, honey drains mucous from the respiratory passages and eliminates it from the lungs.

In fact, the ancient vaids actually believed that when an asthmatic child so much as inhales the air above a pot of honey, his breathing becomes easier. Hot garlic milk with a dash of turmeric, and ajwain tea are also traditional remedies for asthma. Avoid mucous forming foods like rice, wheat, yogurt, bananas, nuts and all dairy products, especially ice-cream and cheese.
[from News Mid-day]
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