Last Modified on Jun 11, 2015
If your breathing is disrupted, it can be a scary experience, but it is even more terrifying if you have to watch a loved one suffer through an asthma attack. We have a few home remedy suggestions that can help ease the airways and calm the bronchial muscles to support better breathing all the time and to prevent frequent attacks. Natural cures like apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, garlic, and even oregano oil are particularly effective.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a condition that makes breathing difficult and often causes coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. The condition generally occurs as the airways narrow and swell and, in turn, produce excess mucus. This swelling and mucus exacerbate the breathing passageways causing an asthma attack.
The severity of asthma ranges from minor to serious and even life-threatening. Some people experience asthma as a minor annoyance while others have such severe attacks it interferes with their everyday lives. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may experience shortness of breath, chest pain and tightness, trouble sleeping, whistling or wheezing as you breathe, and coughing or wheezing attacks.
What Causes an Asthmatic Episode?
While the exact cause of asthma is not quite known, it is probably linked to a combination of both environmental and genetic or inherited factors. Additionally, several factors are known as triggers or irritants that may exacerbate your asthma symptoms. Common triggers include pollen, animal dander, mold, cockroaches, and dust mites. Additionally, conditions such as a respiratory infection, physical activity, cold air, air pollutants such as smoke, strong emotions, stress, certain medications, and even a female's menstrual cycle agitate the breathing passages and can cause asthma attacks.
Can I Treat Breathing Problems Naturally?
Asthma is a condition that is best treated with a paired approach. A traditional doctor can help diagnose your condition and help determine how severe your asthma is while natural treatments will helps support any medical treatment suggested. Natural remedies function to relieve the muscles in the breathing passages, reduce inflammation, and support better breathing. Apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, garlic, and oregano oil are four of the best natural remedies.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a naturally acidic liquid that helps the body function more optimally. This acidity helps rebalance the pH in the body, which relieves inflammation throughout the system and supports overall health. Additionally, ACV contains important nutrients that help support the respiratory system.
2. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera contains specific compounds that make it immune-modulating. These compounds interact with the overactive immune system and simulate important biochemical reactions, supporting respiration and reducing inflammation in the air passageways. Aloe vera literally helps to normalize breathing patterns and prevent asthma attacks.
One of the compounds available in garlic is vitamin C. This nutrient helps neutralize free radicals and reduces the contraction of the airway muscles. Vitamin C also helps reduce histamine release in the body, which prevents excessive allergic reactions and asthma attacks. Garlic also increases the body's production of prostacyclins, lipids that help keep the air passages open and promote better breathing.
4. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. These properties make it an effective treatment for eliminating underlying causes of asthma and for soothing inflammation in the respiratory system that contribute to asthma. This treatment also helps prevent respiratory infection, which may exacerbate asthma symptoms.
Should I Be Doing Anything Else?
In addition to these natural remedies, you may want to monitor or track your asthma symptoms. Many individuals can identify specific triggers by tracking their attacks, which helps them to avoid future issues. Additionally, adopting an alkaline diet or even practicing âcold shower therapyâ may even help treat your asthma symptoms. Continue reading below for many more effective asthma cures from our readers and let us know what worked for you!
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[YEA] First I must say this is a GREAT! Website and I search on it often. I have pretty much cured my asthma with the AV and coconut oil... If I leave certain beers and wine alone will usually don't need to us my nebulizer machine either. I'm very excited about trying the OP as I just bought sunflower oil last' week. I have been sending infomation on OP to my Mom as I want her to try it too... But she has had pancreatic cancer and has had the Whipple procedure done 3 yrs ago. And YES she did have the chemo and radition that (WE) think made her condition worst. The problem is she has to take these expensive enyme medications in order to help digest her meals. I wanted her to try the OP because of the toxins from the chemo and radition. I have been looking on the web site for any one with these issues to find out what their outcome is from OP after a few yrs of a major surgery as the Whipple. She is doing very well... and I want to see her continue this way. I look forward to hearing from you soon.. And THX AGAIN for this GREAT WEBSITE! I tell friends about it all the time as in fact 1 person tried the AV on a Korn on the toe... IT'S GONE! Ha! Ha! Love this site!
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[YEA] I've been asthmatic since being pregnant at age 26. On medications including steroids and inhalers. Just to make a long story shorter, I began with Vitamin C with bioflavanoids and rosehips (ascorbic acid alone did not seem to help). Vit C 1000 worked many times if I caught an attack early enough, but, omega 3s helped even better so I added them. Another real difference I found was when I went organic. A lot of things improved for one, but, it seems also my asthma as well.
Haven't had a problem in years, eating all kinds of foods, but, organic, in particular organic dairy and grass fed meats. I do now have raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar most everyday as well. Just to add, since going organic, my son's allergies that he had for years since he was a teenager, now in his 30's, have subsided as well. I use all natural household cleaning products as well such as baking soda and vinegar. Kind of "detoxing" as much as I can. Hope that helps anyone.
[YEA] Apple cider vinegar made my asthma worse. At first I thought it was just a detoxification reaction, so I toughed it out and kept using it while I did vegetable juice fasts and ate super healthy. But my breathing just got worse, so I stopped. I did elimination diets for a long time and after two years of trying to figure out what was the problem I found out it was SULFUR! ACV is loaded with sulfur, along with other common things such as chocolate, dairy, onions, garlic, eggs, broccoli, cabbage, stratospheric aerosol geoengineering chemicals being sprayed in the air everyday, and stinky things like fermaldahyd in perfume. Apparently, 5% of asthmatics have a sulfur sensitivity. It's not the same as an allergy, but it could be caused by mercury poisoning or even genetic problems with methylation pathways. So when I don't eat sulfur foods, I breathe better. Unfortunately, I can't get away from the stratospheric aerosol geoengineering pollution so I can no longer leave my home or go outside without an uncomfortable gas mask. I now have a nebulizer and very powerful air cleaners. The meds all made things worse I don't use anything but albuterol now. Anyways, eliminating sulfur, sulfates and sulfites, including all preservatives may be beneficial, if sulfur sensitivity is the problem (hey, 5% chance! )
[YEA] I have bronchial asthma and have found that gluten, soy protein, and whey protein send me into severe episodes. Elimination of foods containing these substances has helped me control my asthma effectively.
[YEA] My last experience with asthma was after I ate a bowl of ice cream, I hadn't had an attack in years and ended up watching the sun come up because of it, I found that dairy was a huge offender for me when it comes to allergies, I cannot consume it. I also found that when I cut all dairy out of my diet any allery symptoms I may have been experiencing was lessened considerably. I also found that corn and any corn products did the same thing.
[YEA] My son has asthma set off by allergies and we manage it using a lot of tools, many of them I found at EC. The most important thing is to find out what things set you off (food and/or environmental) and then avoid them! For my son, the big ones are woodsmoke (we live in Costa Rica and everyone burns their trash), cigarette smoke, moldy buildings (inside of a carpeted theatre) - those are the biggies. Foods are not so bad for him, but a few give him the dry cough and itchy throat: dairy, white flour, sugar of course - those are common. Corn products, bananas, a few other things. But his worst attacks have been environmental.
When he feels a sinus infection coming on (which is rare these days), he does the Neti pot (1 C warm water, 1/2 t. real salt, 1-2 drops GSE, 1/4 t. baking soda) and gargles. We take a boat load of vitamins (including 500mg magnesium and 2.5g Vit C in a powder).
For colds, 150mg zinc, then again 4 hours later, then again 4 hours later - I find this odd but a friend recommended it and it works.
Garlic is great for lungs: swallow a raw crushed clove (I cut it in pieces).
Drink hot ACV with honey and a tap of cayenne at night - yum! Everything clears up.
That's all I can think of at this moment. Thanks so much for this website. I just wanted to give something back. Pura vida!
[SIDE EFFECTS] I developed asthma when I was pregnant with my daughter about two years ago. I think I had it for much longer as dust has always bothered me and caused me to have lung infections. I was taking meds, not religiously, but on occausion for the first year. I finally decided to see an allergist in March 08, and had reactions to the 6 most common indoor and outdoor allergens in varying degrees. I know the scale is from 0-4 and I'm a 4 for dust and cat dander. I'm also allergic to different tree pollens. I was trying to find the sheet that listed them all but I'm not sure where it is.
I believe my asthma is caused by my allergies and have been oil pulling two times a day for 5min, taking 2TBS raw organic ACV twice a day with 1/8tea of baking soda, 1 TBS raw honey, and have also recently added 1tea cinnamon and 1-2 tea lemon juice. I know these things help with my overall health but they haven't largely helped my asthma.
I also drink tea on a regular basis and have tried peppermint, licorice root, green tea, black teas. They seem to help while I'm drinking it but the effects are short lived.
I have also tried green tea with ACV and Cayenne pep during a cold, which did seem to help but didn't completely eradicate it.
Basically I'm looking for other alternative treatments to try. I have been having asthma attacks more frequently and I'm not sure if its my indoor air quality or what. I live in WI and its getting cold so all the windows are closed. I want to buy more plants to help filter the air which I think would help some.
I was also thinking of trying to do a clinical study by Dr.David Hahn. He believes that asthma is caused by a bacteria in your lungs I posted the links to his website under a post for azithromycin. I think that may be promising for some asthma sufferers.
Also,my asthma acts up when I excercise (which I try to do every day) and the highest I can blow on a peak flow meter is 300, lowest I get when having an attack is 90-150. Avg person gets between 400-700. My husband can max my device out.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have twin boys and a daugther all under the age of five and my asthma takes my life away. Plus, I want to be able to help my kids if they develope asthma/allergies.
Thanks for your time,
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