NATURAL REMEDIES TO TREAT OR CURE BREATHING ISSUES
"Breathing brings oxygen in and carbon dioxide out of the body. Aerobic organisms require oxygen to create energy via respiration, in the form of energy-rich molecules such as glucose. The medical term for normal relaxed breathing is eupnea.
In mammals, breathing in, or inhaling, is usually an active movement, with the contraction of the diaphragm muscles needed. This is known as negative pressure breathing. The diaphragm's normal relaxed position is that of a recoiled one (decreasing the thoracic volume) whereas in the contracted position it is pulled downwards (increasing the thoracic volume). Relaxation of the diaphragm compresses the lungs, effectively decreasing their volume while increasing the pressure inside them. With a pathway to the mouth or nose clear, this increased pressure forces air out of the lungs by diffusion. Conversely, contraction of the diaphragm increases the volume of the (partially empty) lungs, decreasing the pressure inside, which creates a partial vacuum. Environmental air then follows its concentration gradient down to fill the lungs." (Wikipedia)
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Apple Cider Vinegar
[YEA] 03/23/2009: Nancy from Shreveport, LA: "I started using acv 2 tsp w/16oz of water sipping throughout the day. I gradually increased to 2 tblsp in 16 oz of water over a period of two weeks. The results have been interesting. I used to yawn a lot, especially while riding in the car. I had a shallow breathing problem. Now, I don't yawn unless I'm sleepy. I also have increased energy and no more acide reflux. I hadn't seen a post about the breathing before so I thought I would share. Great remedy. Balancing the PH in the body makes such good sense. Thanks for the good work EC!"Replies
02/11/2010: Don from Akron, Ohio replies: "To Nancy from Shreveport,
I too have had problems with supposed acid reflux. I've tried prescription strength proton pump inhibitors. The problem most people will fall into is that they have so little stomach acid that the capsules won't even dissolve completely because of the coating. Super generic uncoated tablets off the shelf work best, but ACV is probably the best bet if done in moderation. I'm not quite sure what the residule effects on the lining of the esophagus would be, but I have used it as well and yes I do notice the difference in breathing. I have read about a baterium called Heliobactor or H. Pylori. It is a bacteria, from what I read, that most everyone has in there stomach. Appearently it can get out of control and actually cause inflammation of the stomach lining and also lesson the amount of stomach acid that is produced. They have medications for this, but I also have read about mastic gum, which supposedly is very effective on this bacteria. I'm thinking about giving it a try."
12/25/2012: Jt Hawke from Iola, Wi replies: "Try damping your finger and touching some cayene pepper. Put it on your tongue and washing off with water right away. It has worked every time for me for acid reflux."
08/04/2009: Gean from Salina, Ks: "A friend just found out he has 50% diaphragm paralysis post op (struggles for every breath, only 40 years old). Any ideas on how this can be helped?"
EC: More about Diaphragm Paralysis here: http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/298200-overview
Hydrogen Peroxide, Raw Honey
[YEA] 02/22/2011: Dex-el from Seattle, Wa: "If you are a smoker and are now worried about inhaling HydrogenPeroxide... Um... Maybe you should have acted that way with cigs, lol. What's the difference now?
All I know is that after first sprays in throat, and inhaling 50/50water puddle drips off hand through nose and spitting out.. My breathing has never been better. I sensed I could smell more as well.
I will try drinking. What about pouring in vicks inhaler and inhaling the evaporated steam?
Another thing I noticed on how I reached this website, I recently started eating a lot of raw honey. By the spoonful, I was experimenting with heavy breathing and coughing out tar and crap. After my first week of eating honey. I woke up one morning, way early then before, and all of a sudden I wanted to go running. I have been a cig and mj smoker for a good 7 years. I hate running, but I got up and ran 2 miles. It was the best feeling ever.
I then read on here that when honey touches the skin it creates hydrogen peroxide. So eating it must be very beneficial ~ since it made me, a smoker, want to run. Yes, I coughed up nastyness and it felt good. It felt good I was motivated to do this.
Living in Seattle, WA.. I believe this technique also battles depression, because I feel great.. And I know for a fact I was depressed, but did not want to take any medication. Honey and Hydrogen Peroxide have been the best to restore health."
[YEA] 06/05/2009: Maresha from Rocky Corners, USA: "Hi,
I have had severe problems with w/ breathing problems for years. Very deep drops in my peak flows - quite often at 100 or lower. I have now been on a regiman of supplements for about two months now. The results have been encouraging - instead of being on a coaster like the American Eagle it is more like being on a baby coaster. Still ups and down but not nearly as severe. I have been able to decrease my dose of theophylline from 800 mg per day to 600 per day by taking the following combination:
1 packet vitamin c powder - 1000 mg
500 mg niacin (flushing type so it doesn't compound in your system and actually flushes out of your system as too much niacin can have dangerous side effects)
600 mh n- acetyl cystiene
1000 mg lecithin
1 tsp msm powder added to vitamin c powder drinl
1 tbsp ACV in with the vitamin c drink mix
b-12 supplementation to counteract the depletion of b-12 caused by theophylline use
This regiman has increased my ability to exercise and I have having deep REM sleep, which had been a problem in the past with the 800 mg of theophylline and its stimulant effect.
I also use either albuterol in the nebulizer yet, but at night I actually use basil water hydrosol in the nebulizer, or in the daytime rosemary water hydrosol for less severe attacks. (the basil component is a sleep aid also - the rosemary is not depressive, so both must be used with caution. I have had no problems with either, and both have a expectorant effect in breaking up the phlegm that causes much of the breathing problem.)
At this point, skipping the theophylline has not been an option to me, but I thankfully am not having to take any steroids for treatment, either by pill of by inhalation."
Ph Balancing and Chinese Parsley
[YEA] 03/03/2007: Muni from Rowland Heights, CA: "DEAR TED, PLEASE HELP, MY BREATHING GOES HEAVY LIKE I AM HYPERVENTILATING AFTER EATING. I SUFFER FROM RECURRING URINARY TRACT INFECTION AND AM ON ANTIBIOTICS FOR A LONG TIME. I HAVE YEAST OR CANDIDA, RIGHT NOW I AM ON PRILOSEC, AFTER EATING I WILL LIKE I HAVE CHILLS AND ALSO SUFFER FROM CONSTIPATION. THANK YOU IF YOU CAN SUGGEST A REMEDY"Replies
Ted from Bangkok, Thailand replies: "Candida, yeast and hyperventilation tends to occur when your body is acid and heavy metals in the body is high. When in an emergency, I would take 1 teaspoon of baking soda. Three times a day. Hyperventilation is a sign that the body's capillaries is constricting and alkalizing will help that. The other issue is heavy metals which can be helped by taking chinese parsley about half a hand full for about 5 days, then stop for about 5 days, alternatively. There is a more refined formula that requires 1 teaspoon of baking soda and about 1/8 teaspoon of potassium bicarbonate, then mixed in water. This should work a bit better."
Second Hand Smoke Issue
[YEA] 03/10/2007: AVis from Houston, Texas: "Second Hand Smoke/Bronchitis: Desperately, I am going to try the ACV to prevent bronchitis/sore throat/phlegm. Just one whiff walking by a smoker on the sidewalk gives me bronchitis 100% . Anyone on this site have this problem/cure"Replies
04/06/2013: Andrea C from Cardiff, Wales replies: "Hi I now this is an old post, but a friend of mine had the same problem and was told he has allergig to smoke. personally, i belive it's to do with inflamation of the air way's which can be caused my many thing, s, but the obivious thing is to get alksline as possible, and hoover your bed, and check underneath to make sure its well hoovered, as dust mite's are a well known trigger in most folk. you could also try neblizing collodial silver, or h202, and drinking bicarbonate of soda twice a day , am and pm. best of luck. love andrea c"