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Asthma Relief with Apple Cider Vinegar: Natural Solution

| Modified on Apr 11, 2024
Apple Cider Vinegar for Asthma

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has emerged as a popular natural remedy for managing asthma symptoms. Its potential benefits in respiratory health have garnered attention from those seeking alternative or complementary treatments for asthma.

Understanding Apple Cider Vinegar and Asthma

ACV, a fermented product made from crushed apples, contains acetic acid, vitamins, minerals, and beneficial enzymes. It is believed that these components can help reduce inflammation and boost the immune system, which are key factors in managing asthma.

The Role of ACV in Asthma Relief

Individuals with asthma have reported positive outcomes after incorporating apple cider vinegar into their daily regimen. ACV is thought to help relax the airways and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks, making breathing easier.

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Asthma

Choose an organic, raw, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar to ensure you're getting a product with the most natural benefits.
Begin with a small dose, such as 1 teaspoon mixed in a glass of water, and gradually increase to 1-2 tablespoons per day, based on your tolerance and response.
For added benefits, combine ACV with local honey, which can also help alleviate asthma symptoms.

Precautions and Side Effects

While apple cider vinegar is generally safe, it can cause side effects in some individuals, such as digestive discomfort, heartburn, or allergic reactions. It's important to start with a low dose and monitor your body's response. Consult with a healthcare professional before using ACV, especially if you are on medication or have a chronic health condition.

Beyond Asthma: Other Health Benefits of ACV

Apple cider vinegar is not just limited to respiratory benefits; it has been associated with improved digestive health, blood sugar regulation, weight management, and more. Its versatility makes it a valuable addition to a holistic health approach.


Apple cider vinegar offers a promising natural alternative for asthma management. While not a replacement for prescribed medication, it can complement existing asthma treatments. Share your experiences and join the discussion on how ACV has impacted your asthma management journey.

Note: It is crucial to remember that asthma can be a serious condition, and any new treatment, including natural remedies, should be discussed with a healthcare professional. Apple cider vinegar is a supplement and should not replace prescribed asthma medications or treatments.

Share Your Experience

We invite you to share your experiences using apple cider vinegar for asthma. Continue reading to discover how others have benefited from this natural remedy and share your story.

29 User Reviews

Posted by wendauggie (costa mesa USA) on 07/14/2023


I have asthma/COPD, after many years of suffering with no end in sight(not to mention the $ on medical appointments, prescriptions and ER visits), I read previous posts promising ACV (RAW/UNFILTERED ORGANIC APPLE CIDER VINEGAR INCLUDING THE MOTHER) and change of diet (no processed food/no dairy products)as a cure.

I started by taking 2 tsp twice a day, and completely changing my diet. I have not felt the need to taken any prescriptions since, except when I challenge my diet and eat so little as 2 oreo cookies or even 3 bites of ice cream. And instead of my rescue inhaler I take 2 Tbs *my shots.

*my shots

2 TBS acv

2 cloves fresh garlic

2 lg pieces fresh ginger

2 lemons

2 Tbs local raw honey (or best MANUKA HONEY)

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Posted by Loretta (NC) on 12/17/2021

I have asthma and I use ACV mixed with water myself on days I feel like I can't breath well. It helps!

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Posted by Blessed9 (Glen Ellyn, Il) on 11/17/2017

I have had chronic acute asthma since I was a child but in the last 2 years it has worsened (moved to the blurbs, more trees=major allergies). Recently I had bronchitis for 5 weeks, then 2-3 weeks later (now) I have an upper respiratory infection. I have not slept in a week due to coughing up foam every hour throughout the night and horrid wheezing. I have been on prednisone, Advair 500, Singulair, clarythomiocin, as well as doing nebulizer treatments 2X a day. My infection cleared but I was left with worsened asthma attacks this week. I was out of Advair as of last night (I take it in the am and on before bed) and could not yet get a refill.

I took 2 cap-fulls of ACV with the mother, mixed with 6 oz of water before bed last night. It was the first night that I was able to sleep through the night. I did not wake once due to a coughing fit or due to lack of air and having to try to cough to get foam out. I could not believe it!!! I am still in shock this morning! My lungs feel clearer, I have better airflow and I'm not wheezing or coughing up foam!! Miraculous!!

Replied by Jay
(Melbourne, Australia)

Hi, so did it help in the long term, or was it just luck?

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Posted by Virginia (Co) on 04/23/2017


I just started using Apple Cider Vinegar and notice is helps with my asthma but it seems like I'm clearing my throat alot. Does the Apple Cider Vinegar clean out your lungs? If so how long does this take?

Replied by Val
(New York)

It's clearing the mucus from your bronchial tubes. That's why you feel it in your throat. It's actually a good thing.

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Posted by Atia (Canada , Toronto) on 02/03/2016

Apple cider vinegar is amazing for asthma control .I was serious patient of asthma, after drinking apple cider every morning my asthma is gone. Its really good for asthma patient.

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Posted by Joanne (Hawaii) on 04/10/2014

I have been looking for a natural cure for my asthma and came across the posts about apple cider vinegar. I started taking organic ACV about 2 months ago and my breathing has definitely improved. I have had fewer and fewer asthma attacks and no allergies!! I take 2 teaspoons in a small glass of water (no honey) once, sometimes twice a day. Hope this helps.

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Posted by Carley (Stone Mountain, Georgia) on 01/10/2013

Hi, I have suffered with asthma (especially with excercise) for over 20 years. Not long ago I attempted to hike up a small mountain (1.6 miles up) which I had climbed many times before and had to use my inhaler 3 times and only made it 1/2 way up. That night I found some comments by others on Earthclinic, about how Apple Cider Vinegar helped their asthma. I just wanted to share that I began taking 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar with mother in the AM and again in the PM. I put it in about 8 - 10 oz of either apple juice or apple cider to cut the sourness and avoid stomach discomfort. The next day I went to climb the mountain again and I made it all the way up! Not only that, I climbed that mountain almost every day for 6 months!! (I think I did it just to make sure I could :) )

As an added bonus, I noticed that the usual aches and pains I usually experienced had disappeared. Now I hate to miss my vinegar. It is my miracle tonic. I have only used my inhaler a couple of instances during all this time and that was only because I was exposed to pet dander and on the other occasion, old dusty paper. Otherwise, what an improvement. Thank you for Earth Clinic so that we can share our successes.

Replied by Josephine

Can I ask how to drink apple cider vinegar, is it before meal or after meal?. To the person who have asthma... becouse my father suffer difficulty of breathing, and I am interested to know about this! .. pls. anyone can answer my question?... Thanks and godbless

Replied by Robin
(Asheville, Nc)

I came across this post while I was looking for natural help for my asthma. I hate using my rescue inhaler because of how shaky it makes me. I started the apple cider vinegar about 2 weeks ago and have felt much better! I haven't had to even think about my rescue inhaler. I take it whenever I want. You can take it on an empty stomach or with food. Once I had an upset stomach and took it anyway because I was determined to see if it helped with my breathing. Surprise!! It took my stomach pain away. I got to reading about it and many people use it for upset stomach. Who would have thought?? Good luck!

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Posted by Fruitbox5 (Los Angeles, Ca, Usa) on 08/14/2012

It has come to my attention that refined sugar triggers an asthma attack for me. i find that a spoonful or two of apple cider vinegar can nip it in the bud.

fyi!!! :) jeanne

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Posted by Dorett (Lima, Ohio) on 06/09/2009

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.

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

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.

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

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

Replied 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

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

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.

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

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,

Replied 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 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.

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

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.

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

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.

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