Effective Natural Cures for Asthma

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Posted by Jessica (Duluth, MN) on 05/29/2009

[NAY]  Tried ACV for my 5-year-old's asthma. 1TBS in warm water with honey once a day. I am sorry to report that it didn't help him at all. He was on it for 2 months and during that time got several flares and even wound up in the ER with a severe attack. After that we gave up and he's now on Flovent and Singulair and doing much better. I am very bummed out to have him on these medications and would love to find something natural, but so far no luck. Will keep researching alternatives.

Posted by Sally_oh
Escazú, San José, Costa Rica
10 Posts
Check his food and environmental allergies. Remedies can only fight so much. Remove the obvious offenders: pets, feather pillows/comforters, sugar, white flour, dairy, clorox, windex, alcohol (very toxic - I used to use it clean my windows), smelly cleaners, ajax (used to contain mercury, don't know if it still does)... anything you can think of. If he craves a food, it is very likely an allergy. Remove everything for three weeks, then add things back in one at a time (ice cream first, of course!) See what he reacts to. Once you've pinned down his allergies and removed them, try the ACV again. It may have been working too hard against too many stimulants.

My son lived on meds from three to 15. He survived, he is bright funny and his asthma is now managed very well. Good luck!
Posted by Lauren
Memphis, Tn
3 Posts
I just wanted to elaborate on what Sally has said here. I have multiple chemical sensitivities and developed asthma 20 years ago, in response to synthetic chemicals that are ubiquitous in the indoor environment I have also had asthma in response to medications. Pollen and typical allergens don't bother me. I have cats, and they don't trigger my asthma....chemicals do.

Cleaners and pillows are just the tip of the ice burg.....carpeting, furniture and cabinets made of particle board,paint,health and beauty supplies, soap, laundry detergents, softeners and dryer sheets, perfume, air fresheners....just to name a few things. Fragrances are made of hundreds of synthetic chemicals, including petrochemicals.....even products that are labled fragrance free may still have a fragrance, but the manufacturer may add another chemical to mask the smell. Carpeting, particle board and many other products contain formaldehyde and can take years to outgas. Wrinkle free cotton clothing and polyester/cotton sheets are treated with formaldehyde to make them wrinkle free. These synthetic chemicals are making many, many people ill, but they don't know it. It is not ecomomical for companies to do anything about it....infact the industry denies this growing health issue, and works hard to oppose the idea that their products are making the public ill. Read up on Multiple Chemical Sensitivities,also called Environmental Illness, to gain a better understanding of the negative health effects of these chemicals and where to find them in your home and work place.

The average medical doctor is completely unaware about this phenomenon, and thus completely ineffective in dealing with this aspect of a persons health issues. Also,I need to point out that chemical illnesses aren't allergies, as the two reactions are mediated in the body in completely different ways. People understand allergies, and tend to call any negative reaction an allergy, but it is basically the body's inability to process the chemical(s). If you are able, you might want to check out a doctor of Environmental Medicine....they understand chemical reactions.

Several years ago, I heard a statement in the news that indoor pollution was 2 to 5 times worse than outdoor pollution. Unfortunately, there was no elaboration on what this meant, and I didn't understand it at the time. Now that I am chronically ill from synthetic chemicals, I know exactly what they were talking about. If someone could have explained this to me years ago, it would have saved me a lot of suffering and provided greater quality of life. It never occured to me that companies would be allowed to make products that would make me and others ill.

By the way, aside from avoidance, I learned on this site about ACV and honey, and use it to help settle my asthma flair ups and associated coughing ( 2 tbsp ACV, 1 or more tbsp honey and 8 oz water). It has been a great help to me, as I can no longer tolerate any medications including inhalers. For twenty years I only needed to use inhalers occasionally. Afer being given a new product last year, it caused my asthma to worsen when I used it. Once that reaction happened, the same thing happened with my old inhaler, so this homemade remedy is all I have to help, and I am thankful for the information!

I hope this helps some of you...good luck and good health.

Posted by Vicki
Atlanta, Ga, United States
I have had asthma since I was six. I am now 52 and due to the inhalant steroids (Advair) which I only took for a few years, I now have steroid-induced cataracts. The drugs he's taking now will have serious consequences later on in life.

Everyone is different and react differently to remedies. Since ACV did not work for your son, you need to find something that does. I have learned that the single, most important and significant change I made was my diet. I became a raw vegan and that has helped tremendously. Wheat, dairy, peanuts and soy all aggravated my asthma. Well, actually, a lot of cooked foods trigger it also, so I find it best to stay on a raw fruits/veggies/nuts/seeds diet.

I cannot stress how crucial it is to take your son off all processed foods, dairy (no more ice cream or milk), wheat (no more cookies, crackers or bread), etc. Try it for 30 days. I think you'll be greatly surprised. Then you can add one item back at a time to see if he has a reaction.

Green smoothies are delicious and helpful. You can make raw ice cream out of frozen bananas or frozen strawberries. You can make awesome shakes out of almond milk. Starting him out on a raw diet now, at this young age, will allow him to enjoy a lifetime of excellent health.

Best wishes to you both. I empathize with your situation.

Posted by Ellie (Charlotte, NC/USA) on 12/17/2008

[YEA]  My asthma is not severe yet I've required daily doses of Flovent and occasional use of a fast acting inhaler for years. Being without, even for a day is a concern. Recently I ran out of my Flovent and simply did not have the $180 necessary to purchase a refill. The congestion in my lungs began right away. Each day was worse. My lungs were burning and I knew I'd wind up in the emergency room soon if I didn't do something.

I searched the internet for any home remedy that would buy me some time and relief until I could purchase medication. There were hundreds, most of which required me to harvest it myself on the bottom of the ocean or something. Then I found this site with the ridiculous suggestion to consume apple cider vinegar! This made no sense but I was desperate, it was late, I was miserable, and I had some in my kitchen cabinet.
The first night I drank 2 TBS and slept through the night without waking to use my emergency inhaler. I hadn't done that in days.

The next week and a half I used 1 TBS two to three times a day mixed in juice, holding my nose, followed by chocolate (or raspberries which I suddenly developed a craving for) and I've NEVER used anything that broke up my congestion faster. EVER.

I've now gone three weeks without the use of an inhaler at all! I've been on medication for years! I'm still stunned.

Thank goodness I found this site.

Ellie J.

Posted by Betty (Plant City, Florida) on 10/11/2008

[YEA]  Raw organic apple cider vinegar has helped me so much, I feel like a vinegar evangelist!! I tell everyone about it. I heard about it in 2003 after having been in the hospital for chronic broncitis three times that year and had develped asthma, was on a nebulizer and inhalers. I have always had allergies.

After I started the raw vinegar mixed with raw honey - I have been drinking 1/4 cup mixed with a glass of water at night.- I have lost 55 pounds, which I learned was due to the vinegar daily - have not had bronchitis or asthma and have quit taking acid reflex meds, lung meds, singular for asthma, don't need the nebulizer or inhalers. I also quit taking nexium and just learned it is also good for leg cramps. I am a much healther person. I take mine at night, but think I will try taking smaller doses three times a day. Even my lung doctor agreed ACV was good for your lungs. He said his Mother raised them on it for sore throats and colds. Too bad the drug companies don't agree. Thanks for your site

Posted by Janie
McAllen, Texas, USA
Did you take yourself off these medicines or did your doctor after he saw your improvement?
Posted by Ron
Radford, VA
I hear all this stuff about ACV I got severe asthma, I was having problems one night I took it went to sleep and woke up the next morning which had seemed worse and I had to make my usual monthly trip to the hospital for a breathing treatment and steriods (I HATE THIS CRAP)I got the ACV that you get from WAL-Mart. Should I be going to a natural food store to get this raw vinegar and raw honey, any suggestions will be gladly accepted
Posted by Dorett
Lima, Ohio
3 Posts
[YEA]   "I also have had severe problem with asthma, I had to be hospitalized several times for days at a time. On one ocassion i was rushed to the emergency room, from the parkiing lot my husband had to pick me upand carry me like a baby because I was unable to walk, I know that I was getting ready to leave this world, but I believe the lord was on my side. Anyway I found out about apple cider vigenar. I Went to the health food store and get a bottle, I was using it for some other ailments I had, but low and behold the asthma was cured, and also the acid reflux problem and idigestion problem I was having..

I am a firm believer in this regemen.I took 2/tbs apple cider in a 8 ozs. water two to three times a day and that did it. I still take it for maintaince. thank you so much for this site you guys, I have been telling everyone I know about you. thanks again.
Posted by Tj
Chandler, Arizona United States
This response is to Ron from Radford VA...Nope doesn't really matter. I know...I know some people really prefer "organic" or "raw." I use the old store brand and it works just fine. I'm on a very restricted budget. The organic at a major grocery store costs $5.00 for a quart while at W** M***t I can pay about $5.00 for 2 gallons. It has always worked for me. :-)
Posted by Juliet
Sacramento, Ca
To Ron from Radford, VA: I've actually found that the Apple Cider Vinegar that works BEST for me is the kind that is un-pasteurized, and still retains the 'cloudy' appearance due to the presence of what is called the 'Mother' (weird name, but helpful so why not?) which provides more benefits than non-Mothered versions. I can tell almost immediately when I take it that my coughing and wheezing begins to dwindle. I hope the same proves to be true to you, or that you find the best help for your body! Take care.
Posted by Daisy
I have had asthma since my early 20's and also allergies. I just got over a bad asthma attack with a case of bronchitis and was placed by my pulmonologist on two different antibiotics, nebulizers and, of course, prednisone. I just found this site because I was trying to find a way of getting rid of the fluid overload as a result of using prednisone. Can anyone tell me exactly how much of the raw apple cider vinegar do I mix with the raw honey and water????? I'm really having a hard time walking and breathing because of this.
Posted by Gavin
Manganui, Northland, New Zealand
339 Posts
Apple cider vinegar and honey is best taken a tablespoon of both with water to dilute to taste. But I suggest you seriously start taking cayenne, to get your breath back, If you smear it into the butter on your bread you can get a lot down without any drama, and the results are pretty fast as far as breathlesnesss goes. Over a few months lung function seems to return to normal. Just don't breath it into the lungs accidentaly. Garlic floats the muck from the lungs as well, just crush it and leave for ten minutes. Then chew some Parsley, it freshens the breath immediately.
Posted by Apple
Just get a great quality juicer and juice ALL veggies u can including garlic and ginger. Lemon, and frozen cranberries should help with taste:) This is an asthma cure for my son!!! Since doing this daily, he has been healthy with no symptoms!!! GOOD LUCK

Posted by Les (Naples, Florida) on 08/11/2008

[YEA]  I have had problems with excess mucus which prevented me from getting a good nights sleep. I found your site and tried your apple cider vinegar remedy. I use one to two tablespoons of ACV to a glass of warm water. It worked like a miracle. Not only is my mucus problem gone it also has helped my asthma.I sleep through the night like a baby. Thanks again for this excellent website. Les

PS: Also improved my church choir voice.

Posted by Daisy (Waipahu, HI) on 05/16/2008

[YEA]  My 6 year old son normally gets asthma when he gets a cold. The doctors that we've seen since he's been diagnosed with asthma told us that we should start him right away on albuterol and pulmicort (steroid) once he starts coughing. 2 days ago, he began to cough because of all the VOG (volcanic ash - contains sulfur) that is now present in our air. Instead of jumping for the nebulizer and giving him a dose of his medication, I opted for 1 tablespoon of ACV in half cup of water and sweetened it with Agave nectar (to his liking). His cough lessened in just a few seconds. That same night, I gave him a warm concoction of the same ACV mix which surprisingly helped him sleep through the night without a single cough. Next morning, I gave him another warm ACV drink and fed him slices of apples. The skin of apples contains something that helps with coughing. Later in the day, he started to have runny nose, which normally doesn't happen until a few days after the initial cough. ACV is definitely speeding up his recovery. It's so much better than having him on medication for a week to 2 weeks. I also forgot to mention that before he came down with the cough, he was already taking a teaspoon of ACV in a half cup pomegranate and water mixture on a daily basis. I guess all he needed was a little more ACV.

Posted by Joyce
Joelton, Tn.
252 Posts
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR AND ASTHMA: To Daisy from HI: Hang in there Daisy & congratulations for resisting starting your 6 yr old with asthma on albuterol & steroids. The only thing I would suggest that you change is if you can get some raw honey made within a 50 mile radius of where you live, use this to sweeten the ACV instead of the nectar. Asthma quite often has an allergy component and the honey helps with the allergies. Another thing is to watch for when his attacks occur, and try to eliminate the triggers (pollen, hair spray, room deodorizing sprays, paint odors, perfumes, after shaves, flowers, after shaves, etc. and just about anything you can see or smell in the air can be the trigger. Again, I commend you for trying something that actually provides some nutrients for him instead of just starting to drug him up with the albuterol and steroids, both of which have several unwanted side effects and no nutrients at all.
Posted by Nalani
Hilo, HI
2 Posts
Hey Daisy, I live on the Big Island also with the vog problem and all of a sudden my 8 yr old has asthma! First time in her life. She's had it for a while now but I refuse to use all the nebulizers and unnatural things. (Which my very healthy grandmother suddenly died after taking.) Anyway, I've been trying so hard to kick this asthma with my daughter. It's finally letting up though she still has a little cough, but not so croupy sounding. I tried giving her the fish oils for the Omega 3's, kelp for inflammation in the lungs (in pill form), lemon juice with honey that she finally got tired of, and now I will try the ACV to see if that will completely kick it. Nice to hear from another person dealing with the vog problem with a natural remedy. Thankx!
Posted by Nalani
Hilo, HI
2 Posts
Oh yeah, and I forgot to mention, I also had her take a spoonful of coconut oil since I found that as a natural remedy listed for asthma. Everything I gave her was sort of inconsistant with each other but again, I will try and stick to the ACV now. Thanks again. ~Nalani

Posted by rajiv (Cairo, Egypt) on 10/22/2007

[YEA]  Hi, First of all, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your valuable suggestions which helped me a great deal.

I used to suffer from asthma and cold related ailments for the last more than twenty years. These ailments included: running nose, running eyes, sneezing, red eyes, and problems relating to asthma which aggravated during the month of April and November on account of change of weather. I used to take a lot of medicines which had their side-effects. On account of asthma, I did not play any game whatsoever [basically I could not run for a few meters]. While surfing on the net, I came your and I started taking AVC [edit note: AVC = Apple Cider Vinegar] and it did wonders to me.

While taking AVC, I realised that symptoms relating to asthma and cold related ailments have started to disappear. Once, after taking AVC over a period of six months or so, I stopped taking it, and I was having cold again which led me to continue taking AVC.  

For the last one year or so, I have been eating mainly vegetable [cabbage, carrots, broccoli, green pepper and other leafy vegetables] and fruits [cantaloupe, grape and water melon]. More or less, following was my diet during the last one year:

First thing in the morning: 2 table spoon of Apple Vinegar cidar with water
Breakfast: one Indian bread with lentil or cooked vegetable with 2 table spoon of Apple Vinegar cidar in boiled water with garlic and ginger
Lunch: cantaloupe or grape with boiled vegetables [green pepper, cabbage, carrot, brocoli] with two lemons
Dinner: one Indian bread with lentil or vegetables with 2 table spoon of Apple Vinegar cidar in boiled water containing garlic and ginger

First time in my life in last twenty years or so, I could run, climb stairs, play cricket and badminton and felt great with the same diet as mentioned above. I started playing badminton religiously for two hours, though not continuously. I may like to add that I am a vegetarian, teetotaller and non-smoker through out my life. While playing badminton, I felt slight pain in my left knee which prompted me to go a doctor who said it was osteoarthritis. At the advice of doctor, I had my blood test with the following results:

Haemoglobin [9,.4 g/dl]
high uric acid [8.0 mg/dl
RF [positive] [40 IU/ml]
high Cholesterol [ 225 mg/dl]

I have spent a great deal of time on net which contains a lot of contradictory information pertaining to osteoarthritis. This is especially true to AVC. While some sites advocates use of AVC for osteoarthritis; others clearly advising not to take AVC and other citrus food.

As of now, I am taking MSM and glucosamine and different medicines for other problems.

Additionally, I believe, one is supposed to take iron rich vegetables/fruits for haemoglobin, reduce intake of proteins for uric acid and avoid fatty stuff for cholesterol [as stated above, in the last one year I have eaten only boiled or raw vegetables, fruits and Indian bread with lentils or vegetables]

I would be grateful to be advised on the following:

(i) Most of the vegetables [green turnip, green beet, carrot, spinach] are rich in iron, potassium, calcium, but they also contain a great amount of Vitamin A which is not good for bone, especially owing to high amount of vitamin A. Does high intake of vitamin A present in vegetables create problems. Grateful for advice.
(ii) Some of the vegetables like spinach disturbs the absorption of calcium. Should I take spinach.
(iii) My main worry is with regard to AVC. I had suffered from asthma and other allergy problems like running nose, etc. for the last twenty year. Now I have stopped taking AVC and again ailments like running nose, etc. has cropped up. Should I continue taking AVC because of osteoarthritis?

With tons of thanks and kind regards,

Posted by James
Henderson, NC, USA
About your concern of vitamin-A toxicity from vegetables.

Too much vitamina-A in preforms such as retinoic acid can be toxic. It also can block the vitamin-D actions too. It is best to obtain VitA from vegetables rich in bete carotene. Our body converts it to vitA as needed so it cannot overdose. For more information, go to www.mercola.com and type in vitamin-A toxicity. You can get much information.

Living in Egypt, you can get a lot of vitD by exposing your skin to sunlight. But it is very hot, so most people avoid the sunlight, which can cause most of them, especially women, to be vitD defficient. VitD is much more than helping your bone. It has been found to help the gene expression important in controlling diseases such as cancers, diabetes, hypertension, etc.

Posted by Sally (Stanwood, Wa) on 05/16/2007

[YEA]  I started taking 2 tblspoons of ACV in a cup of water 3 months ago.. In less than a week I was hardly coughing.. I have bronchial asthma. Now it's 99 % gone. I don't have to use the inhalers either. It's unbelievable. I've had this for years.. and now it's gone as long as I keep up the ACV.. and you can bet I will.

Posted by Ropsonna (Everett, Wa) on 03/16/2007

[YEA]  We use ACV for several different health benefits. ACV has become a part of our daily routine. I have a severe asthma, sinus & back pain. What it does the rest, is an extra benefit for us. We believe that it helps us tremendously.

We take 1 shot 1/2 hr before every meal. This takes care every health issues that we have. Sometimes we put some in our salad. It adds lots of flavor. For those who is overweight or maintaining your weight and want to each funk food. Taking 1 shot before each meal, is away to go. ACV breaks down fattening food.

Posted by Huw (London, UK) on 03/03/2007

[YEA]  I have found organic apple cider vinegar to be very helpful with a compost allergy and dry bronchiastis. Two bottle caps twice a day either in sweet apple juice or just cut with water and honey. It's so effective that I have discontinued Flixotide steroid treatment.

Posted by DeeDee (Laguna) on 11/03/2006

[YEA]  I had tried getting off advair and albuterol w/minimal success. Tried a lot "natural" remedies w/o prolonged sucess. I tried acv last week, and haven't had to use advair (a steriod) since. I have had to use my inhaler about once a day so far but not yet today....hopefully I can wean off that too.

Posted by Faye (Roseburg, OR) on 10/10/2006

[YEA]  One tablespoon diluted in water after each meal and at bedtime. Started sleeping thru the night without awakening - from the very first night. However, it made my bowels "overactive", so I cut down the dose. Had recurrent reflux, so gradually increased the dose to the initial level, this time with the bowels cooperating. I have been taking it for 3 1/2 months now and it's nearly perfect. I have only had breakthru reflux if I eat way too much starchy food at dinnertime. An extra 1 T dose fixes that if it occurs I can even eat out at Mexican restaurants and have big helpings, and still do ok. And it's really cheap (especially compared to Prilosec)!!!!! It seems to reduce the pressure in the gut so there is less pressure at the esophageal gastric junction. I don't suppose this will work for everyone. There may be more than one mechanism for reflux. Of course the sphincter is looser as we get older, but increased gut pressure from less efficient digestion may be part of the cause, too. By the way, my asthma is completely gone, too!

Posted by Robert (Clarkston, MI) on 08/03/2006

[YEA]  I have been using the apple cider vineger and honey treatment for 3 days now and last night was the first time, during my martial arts class, that i was able to make it all the way through the class without using tan inhaler. the inhaler didn't always work. my lungs didn't become restricted while breathing heavy and i was able to take normal breaths while running. i am amazed at the effectiveness of this natural cure and have already passed it on to family and friends. it is working great, for me, so far and i will continue to take it and i will not be using my inhaler anymore.

Posted by Jean (Upper Marlboro, MD) on 06/02/2006

[YEA]  I am taking ACV for asthma & sinus problems. Also using it for weight lost, just found that out today. I was glad to try an over-the -counter remedy for my ailments. I hate using prescribed medicine because they don't resolve the problem, instead it just makes it worse. I have being health conscious since I was 16, and surprised when my doctor told me I had developed asthma; which he stated was triggered by my allergies. Before I found your site I had been using a vitamin NAC, Quercetin, fish oil, etc., to keep my asthma at bay; but I had two asthma attacks in April, when everything started blooming. I didn't want to take steroids, so I went on the internet and found your site, since I wanted to do it naturally and not by a prescription. I am very happy to say that ACV has worked for me. I take two TBSP a day straight up, it has also helped with my sinus problem, and allergies. I love it, and just to think I had the cure for my asthma in my cupboard all that time and didn't know it. I'm also going to try the other remedies for losing weight. Will let you know how it turns out.

Posted by Katherine (Las Vegas) on 05/23/2006

[YEA]  2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar in a glass of water cured tightness in my chest and throat due to asthma. When visiting my boyfriend in Connecticut, I had an asthma attack and didn't have my inhaler. After I regained my breath I drank this mixture and almost instantaneously the tightness in my chest and throat relaxed and the wheezing, uncomfortable breathing stopped.

Posted by Beverly (McKinney Texas) on 03/13/2006

[YEA]  It greatly improved my husband and my sinus problems. Plus it has also improved my asthma. I think it also dissolve my husbands kidney stones to a size he could pass without experienceing great pain.

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