Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- POPULAR REMEDIES
- ACV and Coconut Oil
- Allergy Connection
- Aloe Vera, Fresh
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne, Coffee
- Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Garlic, Oregano
- Apple Cider Vinegar, H2O2 Inhalation
- Apple Juice, Garlic
- Artificial Sweetener Connection
- Asthma and Vaccination Connection
- Asthma Inhalers and Mental Disturbances
- Bacterial, Fungal Cause
- Buckwheat Honey
- Buteyko Breathing Method
- Cayenne Pepper
- Chemically Induced Asthma Remedies
- Chiropractic Adjustments
- Coconut Oil
- Cold Shower Therapy
- Colloidal Silver
- Coughs, Acid Reflux and Asthma
- Dietary Changes
- Environmental Triggers
- Fish Oil
- General Feedback
- Glutathione, MSM
- Green Tea
- H2O2 Inhalation Therapy
- H2O2 Inhalation Therapy, Guaifenesin
- Honey Steam, Lemons
- Hydrogen Peroxide
- Infared, 125 Watt Clear Lightbulb
- Kelp, Brazil Nuts
- Liquid Calcium
- Mullein Extract
- Multiple Remedies
- Nose Breathing
- Oil Pulling
- Old Timers' Remedy
- Oregano Oil
- Radish, Honey and Lemon Juice
- Remedies Needed
- Saline Nasal Spray
- Salt Pipe Inhaler
- Shelagh's Asthma Remedies
- Vitamin B-6
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin C, 3% Hydrogen Peroxide Inhalation
- Vitamin D3
- Vocal Cord Dysfunction
- Yamoa Powder
05/11/2013: Deb from Waycross, Ga: "I have what doctors are calling "chemical induced, life threatening asthma". The airbag in my previous vehicle deployed for no reason back in 2004 and the propellent in the airbags is sodium azide. Sodium azide is 'carcenogenic, mutagenic and highly toxic to humans". I've had..."
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|H2O2 Inhalation Therapy||6 YEAS|
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Buteyko Breathing Method
[YEA] 07/03/2012: Cindy from Edison, Nj: "I don't feel I'm exaggerating when I say the Buteyko method is lifesaving. Upon menopause I developed asthma that I could not get under control and was not clear as to the cause. The best I could determine was that it was related to acid reflux, a not well known condition called silent GERD. All the natural remedies I was trying were not helping. I had seen Buteyko mentioned on this forum but didn't think it would work for me since this didn't appear to be a regular case of asthma.
Out of desperation - it got so bad I could barely climb the stairs, I had to lean on the counter while doing dishes, and would get out of breath while walking the dog. I was using my inhaler 6 - 8 times a day. I looked for a demo of Buteyko method on YouTube and from the few short clips I watched, I was able to get relief almost immediately. By trying what I had observed over the next week or so, I saw vast improvement. I figured I should buy the program book/dvd so I could do the exercises properly, so I purchased the program by Patrick McKeown that other posters have mentioned here.
It's been about two weeks and I'm only using the inhaler once per day - and that is after I've gone a number of hours not doing any of the exercises.
The premise of the program: asthma and some other respiratory conditions are our body's reaction to overbreathing or hyperventilating. We are breathing through our mouths and taking in more oxygen which disrupts the balance of oxygen to CO2. In order to conserve the CO2, our airways constrict and plug with mucus. To overcome this, the method teaches us to breathe through our nose and shows how to clear our nose when stuffy. To balance out the oxygen to CO2 mix, we practise a few seconds of breath holds or control pauses. It may seem daunting at first to asthmatics who fear the feeling of not getting enough air, but the exercises quickly enable you to master your breath and control your asthma rather than it control you.
This program can easily be used by children as well. It works - I am so thankful I finally found relief!"
[YEA] 10/16/2006: Alan from Rockville, MD: "Asthma: Significant Reduction in dependence on Albuterol inhaler. I have very serious steroid dependent asthma. Patrick Mckeown has written two books Asthma Free Naturally and Close Your Mouth which feature the Buteyko Method for breathing. Simple technique of breathing in and out of your nose, and exercises called the control pause response--2 seconds breathe in through nose, 3 seconds breathe out through nose, pinch your nostrils and hold your breath. By how long you can hold your breath, this will tell you how well you are breathing. Try this method. You will breathe better, catch fewer colds and infections."Replies
[YEA] 01/13/2009: Pam from Sydney, NSW Australia replies: "I recently had very severe asthma in conjunction with pneumonia. On medical advice I was nebulizing Ventolin and Atrovent every two hours. And I was on two puffs of preventer medication four times a day. Heavy stuff!
Somebody recommended the Buteyko Method. I read up on it, started breathing through my nose, taped my mouth shut at night and did the Buteyko breathing exercises twice a day. Within a few days I no longer needed to nebulize at all. And gradually I was able to reduce the preventer medication down to one puff twice a day.
A month on, continuing with the Buteyko method, my peak flow readings are better than they have ever been.
I strongly recommend the Buteyko Method."
[YEA] 06/26/2011: Leslie from Oliver, Pa replies: "I admit that I haven't done the Buteyko exercises, but I have followed some of Patrick Mckeown's other suggestions, such as breathing only through my nose, sleeping on my left side, and when I feel that tightening, (due to stress, mild exercise) I inhale through my nose for two seconds, exhale for three seconds, hold my nose for five seconds. In the beginning it was hard, because I felt like I couldn't get a deep breath... as if I was suffocating.
I firmly believe that the Buteyko breathing method will work for anyone, if they do the exercises, that is, because the small changes I've made thus far has improved my asthma at least 90%, and the color of my lips has returned to normal.
This site has DVD segments that helped me immensely http://www.buteykodvd.com/ . Or if that's not allowed to be posted here, your can google Patrick Mckeown, buteyko on youtube for the same dvd segments. It helped me to actually see the breathing exercises being done correctly after reading the book, Asthma-Free Naturally: Everything You Need to Know to Take Control of Your Asthma - Featuring the Buteyko Breathing Method Suitable for Adults and Children .
Apparently this method also helps with snoring, allergic rhinitis, and emphysema. Good luck! It was just awful to feel as though I was suffocating 24/7."
10/30/2011: Marcia from Fraser Coast, Qld Australia replies: "I HAVE BEEN READING YOUR ARTICLE ON ASTHMA, THE BUTEYKO METHOD. MY QUESTION IS, HOW WELL WILL THIS WORK IF I SUFFER FROM SLEEP APNEA? I HAVE TROUBLE BREATHING THRU MY NOSE AT THE BEST OF TIMES."
04/10/2012: Sabirch1 from Lagrange, Kentucky replies: "Just focusing on breathing through my nose has helped my asthma soooo much. I had no idea I took so much air through my mouth until I tried to stop doing it! It's particularly difficult when eating, talking, laughing, coughing, exercising, etc. , but I would encourage anyone with asthma due to airbourne allergies to give it a try. I haven't had to take my rescue inhaler since I started it, and I feel so much better and have much more energy."
[YEA] 01/21/2011: Kl88 from Kingston, Ma, 02364: "Issue: Asthma since age 3, ranging from mild to severe depending on triggers or illness.
Former Medication: 2 inhalers, one fast acting (as needed but sometimes up to 6x a day) and when severe, a steroid (2x a day)Reason for seeking a natural alternative: 28 years of medication that was doing more damage than improvement to my health.
Current natural alternative: Cayenne Pepper Dosage: a few good shakes of your store bought seasoning (I like the spices from the hispanic food section vs the standard) plus some water (just a gulpful). Start off with one shake and then judge your reaction. Mix it up and drink it down. You will want water after, and its a good time to get down 8 oz.
Reaction: Instantaneous relief. Seriously. It feels different, but its because you didn't just take in a ton of chemicals and adrenaline, in my opinion. Take some nice deep breaths and chill for a second. Only one time did I have to do anything else during a severe attack, and that was drink a cup of black coffee (no cream-it cancels out the efficacy for me) I feel so confident with this remedy that I let my fast acting inhaler rx run out and I threw out the steroids. I carry a bottle of cayenne pepper in my purse, just in case. I preventatively use my mix in the am and the pm. It doesn't give me an energy boost that is notable that some have mentioned. I hope this helps my fellow asthma sufferers."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 05/07/2008: Katie from Royal Oak, MI: "I left my albuterol inhanler at work today so I was desperate for something. I have sinusitus that is currently turning into bronchitis and fortunatly, my asthma only is bad when I am sick. I just did the cayenne pepper treatment and so far I have noticed that the burning from the bronchitis has subsided and my breathing has cleared somewhat. Hopefully it will continue to improve. I think I am going to buy some Apple Cider Vinegar tomorrow to have on hand due to the strong positive reviews."
[YEA] 05/06/2006: Jack from Toledo, Ohio: "Take 2, 8oz glasses, fill one with cool to cold water the other with no more warm to hot water you can swallow in one gulp, in the hot water, put 1/8 to 1/4 level teaspoon of "cayenne powdered red pepper", mix very well, then pick up both glasses, down the hot water and red pepper in one gulp "quickly". as soon as you've done that, put the cold water into your mouth and rinse vigorously and swallow, repeat the rinse with cold water until your mouth is warm to hot, quit rinsing, fill your lungs with all the air they can hold, and hold your breath for as long as you can, then let the air "slowly out your "nose" repeat the breathing exercise 4 to 5 times, by the fifth time your pain will be gone!! if yr eustacian tubes are plugged up they will open in a few minutes, and you'll feel your sinuses draining down yr throat, you'll need to blow yr nose because this will drain your sinuses. this will also give up to 32 hours of asthma relief as well as cleans your blood of impurities while you sleep."
Chemically Induced Asthma Remedies
05/11/2013: Deb from Waycross, Ga: "I have what doctors are calling "chemical induced, life threatening asthma". The airbag in my previous vehicle deployed for no reason back in 2004 and the propellent in the airbags is sodium azide. Sodium azide is 'carcenogenic, mutagenic and highly toxic to humans". I've had some SCARY breathing episodes since the air bag incident, the scariest being a few months after I was contaminated. By airways shut down completely and I lost consciousness for 22 hours. They said my airways was shut down so tightly that the paramedics could not get the tube down my throat, it took the ER doctor to do that. They kept me in ICU for 5 days. Being I was unconscious for so long, they didn't know if I'd have brain damage or something as they did not know how long I was without oxygen.
I am a stubborn soul... woke up... And recovered fine. But I still have this annoying breathing problem. They wanted me on Advair for the rest of my life... And that stuff is just too scary. I've been on it twice for a bit of time... But I just won't stay on it. I've had to do rounds of prednisone here and there... I can 'feel' when my body needs the extra help. I do albuterol as needed. I do not use the inhalers anymore, when they changed the propellent or whatever, the 'new' stuff makes me worse. So I have a nebulizer in my vehicle and one at home. I HATE that I have to put bad chemicals into my body... But I do like to breath :-)
I have tried various natural remdies, some have helped a little... I just want my old body back. I HATE having to worry about breathing... I HATE feeling hindered. My question... has anyone else been affected like this from an airbag deploying? And if so... has anyone had any success with any natural remedies for this type of situation?After spending the past 2 days reading on here... I went and bought some ACV.
In the past I took coconut oil, I started back on that today. I have MSM, those are HUGE pills! I haven't taken it regularly. I drink Noni juice. I use topical magnesium and have recently been nebulizing it. I read about nebulizing peroxide, so I did a little of that yesterday... Guess I will try that for a bit to see if it helps. I take vitamin C, turmeric... And have taken various other things. I take baking soda and water at least once a day. I was taking liquid vitamin D for a bit.
05/11/2013: Om from Hope, B.c., Canada replies: "Thank you for your very important post. Firstly, I congratulated myself for not buying that car that had four of those time bombs in it. My heart goes out to you. May I suggest you try Jim Humble's website for MMS. Follow the instructions precisely or else there is personalized help available.
The continued use of drugs might make things worse, I am afraid. For tuition in breathing is there a good experienced yoga teacher that could help you ?She would help you to relax and give you the needed support.
I have just purchased MMS for myself. Since it oxegynises the body it removes also bad pathogens. For inhalation you might avail yourself of the help online. Keep us informed of your progress. This, too, shall pass. Love OM"
[YEA] 09/14/2008: Sue from Sarasota, FL: "Oil Pulling. I've been Oil Pulling since December 2007. I started because of dry eyes. I can't say that it helped my dry eyes but some of the benefits are truly amazing, in my case.
I've worn nail polish most of my adult life and, therefore, have yellow nails. After oil pulling for several months, the yellow disappeared. Now that's amazing. Additionally, without prompting, my dental hygienest asked if I was doing anything different. She said I know you drink red wine but you hardly have any stains whatsoever. I go every 6 months for cleanings. I also believe the dark circles under my eyes are much less noticeable. No one ever says... "you look tired." like they did before.
Lastly, to those of you who have asthma, I did too for about 15 years. Chiropractic fixed that. I had an x-ray which showed an old back fracture and my alignment was terrible. After about 9 months of treatment several times a week, I decided to stop my daily inhaler. Very nervous doing so. CURED. Chiropractic cured me. That's all I can say.
Hope this helps."Replies
04/02/2012: Cory from New Orleans, La, Usa replies: "Yes, I have also gone down this path. After frustration with the western style "masking" of the symptoms, I came across this very detailed site:
The Gerest method is more pinpoint and focused but I have not been able to travel to a practioner, so I "guide" my chiropractor to the Spot, an a good one will discover the Thorasic points that need focus. I was medication free for 4 years until I let my chiro maintenace slip along with other diet taboo's.
Hope this can shed more light on the actual cause of asthma.
[YEA] 02/22/2008: Michelle P from Kenosha, WE: "My 9 yr. daughter has been on every asthma medication known to man. She was diagnosed before she was two and has been on numerous antibiotics, steroids taken orally and inhaled and of course albuterol. These medications just seem to help the symptoms but nothing ever made her truly better. I found your site and decided to take matters in to my own hands. I started giving her 2 tbsp of coconut oil per day and eventually was able to wein her off all her medications. The coconut oil is amazing!!! I wish I would have known about this years ago. I started the coconut oil about 6 months ago and in those 6 months she has had only 5 minor attacks."Replies
06/14/2011: Chris from Walden, Ny replies: "I have found drinking Kangen water has stopped my asthma. 2 yrs now and no medications at all. Amazing results for me."
[YEA] 01/06/2006: Mary-Ellen from Melbourne, Australia: "started taking coconut oil as i had been reading all the literature on it so thought i would give it a go and can't believe the difference in my asthma... also energy levels as i am a woman of 50 and at times have low energy levels due to hormones so anyone who reads this i say give it a go or you will never know..!!!!!!!!!!"Replies
08/03/2010: Tom from Regina, Sk replies: "Re: Coconut oil for asthma
Almost certainly, the key reason it works is the lung surfactant secreted by the epithelial cells is almost solely palmitic acid, which by weight in coconut oil is 9%:
Here is the reference for this:
Saturated fats play many important biologic roles. They are an integral component of cell membranes, which are 50 percent saturated fat. Lung surfactant is composed entirely, when available, of one particular saturated fat, 16-carbon palmitic acid. Properly made with this fat, it prevents asthma and other breathing disorders. For nourishment, heart muscle cells prefer saturated long-chain palmitic and 18-carbon stearic acid over carbohydrates. Saturated fats are required for bone to assimilate calcium effectively. They help the liver clear out fat and provide protection from the adverse effects of alcohol and medications like acetaminophen. Medium-chain saturated fats in butter and coconut oil, 12-carbon lauric acid and 14-carbon myristic acid, play an important role in the immune system."
[YEA] 04/09/2007: Kelly from Calgary, AB: "I'm having a mild asthma attack at work and looked up remedies and tried the black coffee, and it's working. It's a good trick to know since you can grab coffee just about anywhere."
[YEA] 10/14/2006: K from Antigua: "My husband was given a strong dose of coffee when he was young and since then he has never had a problem with asthma. He has sinusitis so we're trying honey and acv and oil pulling and im using acv for my eczema and excessive sweating(since i had the last baby). i will update in a month."
[YEA] 05/28/2006: Brian from Newark, OH: "If I am out, and have forgotten my albuterol inhaler, and I'm having difficulty breathing -- I head to starbucks, caribou, or wherever else I can go for an espresso or a giant cup of coffee. The caffeine acts as an anti-inflamatory agent -- it helps to reduce air-way swelling. While it's NEVER a good idea to leave without your medication -- it's always a good idea to have an alternate, just in case (and hey, who doesn't want an excuse to splurge for capuccino or espresso every once in a while)!"
[YEA] 04/23/2006: Tamara from NYC: "i infrequently get asthma attacks usually cold weather or allergens set it off- sometimes stress or pet hair. I forgot my inhaler and i got a very scary attack on a warm day in april that was full of pollen. I was in a van travelling to work and couldn't catch my breath for quite awhile- when i arrived i had two cups of black coffee (i usually put milk or soy milk in my coffee) and i think it helped. However in the future i will try mullein tea or another type of herbal remedyas i dislike relying on the albuterol."
[YEA] 10/16/2005: Tiffany from Weymouth MA: "If you have asthma and you do not have your inhaler with u drink a hot cup of black coffee to stop an asthma attack."