Natural Remedies

Natural Asthma Remedies: Effective Herbal & Supplement Relief

| Modified on Apr 11, 2024
Asthma Natural Remedies

Breathing difficulties can be alarming, especially during an asthma attack. To manage and soothe asthma symptoms, natural remedies like apple cider vinegar, aloe vera, garlic, and oregano oil have been found effective by many individuals.

Understanding Asthma

Asthma, a respiratory condition, hinders normal breathing and often leads to coughing, wheezing, and breathlessness. It involves narrowing and swelling of airways and excessive mucus production. Asthma severity varies, affecting daily activities and sleep quality with symptoms like chest tightness, wheezing, and coughing attacks.

Triggers of Asthmatic Episodes

Asthma's cause remains unclear but is linked to environmental and genetic factors. Common triggers include pollen, animal dander, mold, dust mites, respiratory infections, physical activity, cold air, smoke, stress, and certain medications.

Link between Low Stomach Acid, B-12, and Asthma

Research suggests a connection between low stomach acid, vitamin B12 deficiency, and asthma. Low stomach acid can impair B12 absorption, affecting oxygen circulation and respiratory function. Supplementing with B12 and digestive enzymes may improve asthma symptoms.

Here is an interesting post on Earth Clinic that might prove to be very helpful for some people:

Steve from Texas wrote:

Back in 1931, a doctor discovered that low stomach acid showed up in 80% of kids with asthma. Another doctor found the value of vitamin B12 in treating asthma. Dr. Wright provided info that showed how the low acid and inability to absorb B12 were related. Cow's milk and sometimes soy can bring this on. The bottom line is that B12 is extremely safe, and giving large doses resolved most patients' asthmatic wheezing. In part 4, he discusses other important nutrients that address the entire asthma condition. On the 12-7-2016 Enriching Gifts telecon I got further insight: children with low HCL don't digest well, so the protein coagulates around the red blood cells, lowering oxygen circulation. B12 quickly creates billions of red blood cells, increasing oxygen capacity. In fact, you can take B12 just before athletic activities to improve performance. So take digestive enzymes and B12 (or a good B complex) with meals to help with asthma.

Natural Remedies for Asthma Relief

Apple Cider Vinegar

ACV's natural acidity helps balance body pH, reduce inflammation, and support respiratory health with essential nutrients.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera's immune-modulating compounds interact with the immune system, reducing inflammation in airways and normalizing breathing patterns.


Garlic's vitamin C content neutralizes free radicals, minimizes airway muscle contraction, and reduces histamine release, preventing asthma attacks.

Oregano Oil

Oregano oil's antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties address underlying asthma causes and soothe respiratory inflammation.


Honey is widely recognized for its soothing properties, especially for respiratory conditions. It helps reduce coughing and can ease asthma symptoms when consumed regularly. Mixing honey with warm water or herbal tea can provide immediate relief during asthma attacks.


Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It helps reduce airway inflammation and inhibits airway contraction, making it a popular choice for asthma management. Consuming ginger in various forms, such as in teas or as a supplement, can aid in controlling asthma symptoms.


Turmeric contains curcumin, a compound with potent anti-inflammatory effects. It reduces inflammation in the airways and improves lung function, making it beneficial for asthma sufferers. Adding turmeric to your diet or taking it as a supplement can help manage asthma symptoms.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil and flaxseed oil, have been shown to reduce airway inflammation and improve lung function in asthma patients. Regular consumption of omega-3 supplements or including omega-3-rich foods in your diet can be beneficial for asthma management.


Magnesium is known for its muscle-relaxing properties, which can help alleviate bronchial spasms in asthma. Magnesium supplements or magnesium-rich foods like leafy greens, nuts, and seeds can support better breathing in asthma patients.


Probiotics, found in yogurt and fermented foods, can improve gut health and immune function. Some studies suggest that probiotics may help reduce allergic reactions and asthma symptoms by balancing the body's immune response.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D plays a crucial role in immune system regulation. Low levels of vitamin D have been linked to increased asthma severity. Supplementing with vitamin D or getting adequate sunlight exposure can help manage asthma symptoms.


Butterbur is an herb that has shown promise in reducing asthma symptoms due to its anti-inflammatory and antihistamine properties. It can be taken as a supplement to help control asthma attacks.

While these natural remedies can offer relief and support for asthma management, consulting with a healthcare professional before starting any new treatment is essential. Asthma can vary greatly in severity, and what works for one person may not be effective for another. Combining natural remedies with traditional asthma treatments can provide a comprehensive approach to managing this chronic respiratory condition.

For more insights and personal experiences with these natural asthma remedies, continue reading for helpful feedback from Earth Clinic readers!

ACV and Coconut Oil

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Posted by Tangie (Jonesboro, GA) on 09/15/2007

First I must say this is a GREAT! Website and I search on it often. I have pretty much cured my asthma with the Apple Cider Vinegar V and coconut oil... If I leave certain beers and wine alone I usually don't need to use my nebulizer machine either.

Adjust Your pH

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Posted by Angela (Gautier, Mississippi) on 10/23/2012

For asthma, your bottom line is your PH levels. I am willing to bet you have been eating other sugars. Everyone has around these cooler months we do every year even myself. If I eat a piece of candy it throws me into a asthma attack, yes I made the same mistae. Sugar is worse than heroine they say. Sometimes I believe it, I cant stay away from it. I know the golden rule and still donr follow it. My ph balance is my bottom line, if you have a healt problem it started with your PH balance being to acidic. Even cancer. You have to use a 70/30% ratio on the food. 70%veggie and 30 meat, sugar stuff.

To get your PH back is a 5 day no sweets/cokes/carbs watch what you eat. Hard to do cold turkey so it needs a little help. Apple cider vinegar helps raise it back to ward 7.4 PH balance.1/2 teaspoon of baking soda in water before bed helps once twice a week. It is also alkaline. Dont drink anything but water after the baking soda, defeats the purpose. Just remember your PH balance is your bottom line. Fungus, bacteria, virus, cancer all love a acidic state. They sell PH strips online if you need a visual. It would be good for you to also look up alkaline and acid foods, so you know what you ate that caused it. hope I helped.

Replied by Mothering4him
(., Pa)

Love the tips on ph balanced! Want to add that everyone is talking about raw, organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother". My kids hate it and it burns, so I started putting it in empty capsules with an eye dropper. You just have to swallow immediately or the capsules will deteriorate quickly. They take it quite easily now! (We use "0" sized capsules.)


ACV is way too strong to be taken in a capsule without dilution. Instead, you can dilute it to a point where it has a mild flavor of apples and is mildly tangy. And this can be given to kids more than once a day so that by the end of the day, they would have got the required amount of ACV albeit in divided doses.

Allergy Connection

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Posted by Liz (West Bend, WI) on 10/15/2008

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,

Replied by Joyce
(Joelton, Tn.)

To Liz from Wisconsin:

Hello Liz I agree that allergies and asthma go hand in hnd. Are you taking a magnesium supplement now? If not, be aware that getting your magnesium up to normal level is said to decrease the incidence of asthma attacks. Along with getting your magnesium level up, you might also consider taking MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) to help with the allergies. Yes this is the same stuff that does so much toward helping joint pain and arthritis.

After seeing something about NAET on EC and knowing nothing about it, I went on line to learn about it. It seems that someone with allergy problem (the N is initial of persons name who came up with this. The other initials are for "allergy elimination therapy". It allegedly cures allergies, even to the inhalant allergies. Since it is based partly on acupuncture, it just might work. When thing slow down around here I plan to visit one of its practitioners , since I have food, medication, pollen and inhalant allergies. The inhalant allergies are the ones that worry me the most since I passed out from perfumes. When you search this therapy on line, you can also locate practitioners in your locale. I was surprised to learn that I have several within 20 miles off home.

In the meantime, as I always told my lungers and asthma patients, AVOID ANYTHING YOU CAN SEE OR SMELL IN THE AIR.

Replied by Liz
(West Bend , WI)

So i decided to try what Joyce suggested. I now take 250mg of Magnesium along with my multivitamin, 12000 mg fish oil, and 30mg zinc. I had a cold about 3 weeks ago and started taking the vitamins after looking up more information on this website. It seemed to help rid me of the infection as I was coughing up a lot of mucous. The last time I was sick in August it went to my chest and turned into pneumonia, so I was really worried when I got sick that it would happen again. I think the vitamins really helped me. My nose would be really runny and instead of taking benadryl, which seemed to help me a few times, I took the vitamins and 2000mg vitamin C. I would feel better shortly after taking them. I'm still using my nebulizer once or twice a day but overall I feel a lot better. I'm thinking of trying Co Q10 as I've heard that helps with COPD, which I don't have, but I'm willing to try pretty much anything. I've also started taking milk thistle for my mild breakouts! I think that is working too. Anyway, thanks for your help and let me know if there is any other promising remedies.


Absolutely. It works but you must complete the entire course following it a T. Even children's behaviour changes if it caused by the underlying allergies

Allergy Connection
Posted by Amarilis (San Diego, CA) on 03/30/2007

I read a few of the articles on here, and I just wanted to share my personal experiance. My asthma comes from my allergies. A lot of people are like this. Whenever I get a sinus infection, I am sure to get asthma. Or if I am around something that makes my allergies act up, I am sure to get asthma...So if you notice that there are things that you are allergic to, that cause you to have a constant wheezy cough..pressure against your chest when you breathe...go get allergy tested.

Aloe Vera

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Posted by Flower's Mom (Pueblo Of Acoma, Nm) on 08/01/2018

I realize that I am very late in responding to Diane's aloe post below from 2009, but I only just read it and I wanted to share my experience with treating asthma with Aloe Vera. I have been using Aloe Vera off and on when needed for a couple of years now and have been totally symptom-free. Prior to that, I was on 2 prescription medications, taking them faithfully every day. The aloe I take twice a day is your regular run-of-the-mill household plant, although it loves the bright indirect light conditions and has grown to be huge. I choose a leaf that is big and fleshy and cut off the pointed ribs on both sides. Then I separate the two pieces of skin, exposing the juice and gel inside, which I scrape either with a spoon into a small bowl or with my teeth straight into my mouth. I find the taste to be clean and refreshing, not bitter at all.

Also, my dogs and cat regularly bite chunks of the leaves off. I hope this is helpful, in that you do not need to have a special plant to achieve positive results. Blessings, Flower's Mom

Aloe Vera
Posted by Chip (Playa Hermosa, Guanecaste, Costa Rica) on 01/13/2014

Hello I would like to tell you how I use Aloe Vera to help keep my Asthma under control.

I am 66 YO and had child hood asthma which went away after I was 10.

However about 6 years ago I had a bad viral chest infection which took 6 weeks to clear up. I was left with asthma, although initially it was not very bad. I used a Symbicort inhaler and morning and evening puffs controlled it. Then in 2010 I moved from South Florida to Costa Rica. After a couple of months I was able to get rid of my inhaler. However, in early 2013 a Swiss company started demolishing a mountain so they could build a new resort less then a half mile away. Over a hundred large Mack trucks would drive by my home everyday carrying away the dirt and rocks. My asthma started back up with a vengeance. I ended up using Albuterol and Symbicort inhalers and taking Singulair (Montelukast) every day. (This was all prescribed by my Doctor in the USA.) I was using the Albuterol several times a day. Although they finished up in early December my symptoms continued.

I noted early on the the Singulair acted as anti-viagra. The Singulair made it difficult to impossible to have an erection. So I substituted Lobiella. I would take a capsule just before bedtime and it would help me a lot. It also did not have the side effects of the Singulair.

Recently I found out that Aloe Vera acts like a natural steroid and when I have it, my lungs clear just like the Albuterol. However, the aloe-vera gel is very bitter so I either mix it in juice or I get a bottle of Aloe Vera drink, which does not work as well. A number of roadside stands sell Aloe-vera drink that is not pasteurized and it works better although I do get some relief from the commercial drink.

When I drink several glasses a day it keeps my lungs clear. I had tried ACV but it did not work for me nearly as well.

I hope my experiences help.

Aloe Vera
Posted by Dianne (Tampa, Fl) on 07/08/2009

I apologize in advance for how lengthy this is. I am writing to let everyone know about the incredible benefits we have experienced with Aloe. About one and a half years ago our whole family came down with whooping cough. I decided to try Aloe, as a friend I had known had had great success with it for treating a serious prolonged cough and my mother also told me that in Colombia SA they would use a beaten concoction of Aloe and egg whites to treat whooping cough when she was a little girl. I reaearched Aloe on the internet, and though I didn't find the egg white recipe, I found many things Aloe is good for. It did work very well for whooping cough, especially helping to calm the nightime attacks, and a friend tried it for her daughter's whooping cough and had the same results. When I looked Aloe up on the internet, the treatment for the ailment that interested me the most was asthma. My son had been struggling with it for several years- not severe, but mostly sports induced and it greatly hindered his ability to play sports. I have tried most home remedies for asthama and have had so-so results. He began drinking it every day and by the end of the second month his attacks were completely gone. As long as he continues to drink it daily, he has no attacks. If he stops it entirely he begins having attacks again after a couple of months.

I found that one of the reasons that Aloe works for asthama (and other conditions like arthritis and lupus) is because it is anti-inflammatory. So, it keeps the airwarys from getting inflamed. Another reason it works is because it is also excellent for treating allergies which many times are a trigger for asthama. One of the reasons it works for allergies is because of the collagen it causes your body to produce which thickens the the mucus linings of your repiratory system and intestinal tract (heals leaky gut) which in turn helps you not to be so sensitive to allergens. Another reason is that it treats systemic candida which is usually the root of asthma and allergies.

The funny thing I noticed, which is not mentioned in any literature I have researched about Aloe, is that it has also helped with his stunted growth. My son is really short for his age and in the two years before taking Aloe, he only grew six inches total. Once he began taking Aloe for his asthma he grew almost six inches in one year. The growth spurt coincided exactly with time he first began the Aloe. I've tried my own "experiments" to see if his growth is related to the Aloe or if it is just his time to start growing, and I've found that if he has a period of a couple of months where he doesn't take his Aloe at all or only takes it once a week or so, he only grows about a quarter of an inch per month or less. When he takes it every single day, he grows about a half inch per month.

My father has been really inspired about my son's story and began taking it himself about four months ago for his prostate. He has been on prostate medication for the past ten years and still gets up to urinate about four times per night. He has tried different prostate medicines as well as his own share of home remedies, and nothing has worked. Well, after drinking Aloe daily for a couple of months, he was able to get off of his prostate medicine completly. Now he only gets up once or twice per night and he's not on any prostate medecine.

I've heard some people make some type of Aloe tea infusion, but the way we take Aloe is this: We buy a fresh Aloe stalk from the produce section of the grocery store. It has to be at least fourteen inches long, or I've read it's not as beneficial. The Aloe has to be nice and firm. Don't use it if it is soft and squishy as it is too old and may actually agravate some candida problems. We slice off a three inch section from the base and peel off the thick green skin with a paring knife and discard it. We then take the gel (from the three inch section) and gently blend it with a drink mixer with some orange juice for palatability. The less you blend, the better as you don't want to destroy the beneficial properties.

You can buy bottled Aloe, but I DON'T RECOMMEND IT! While there may be some good Aloe products out there, I've read that sometimes the bottle can say 100% Aloe and it is actually 95% water, but for some reason the FDA allows them to say 100% Aloe even if it isn't. The other reason is that bottled Aloe is usually pastuerized which kills many of the beneficial enzymes that make Aloe so effective. Fresher is always better with Aloe.

Replied by Andrea
(Dublin, Ireland)

Thank you so much, Dianne for sharing your experience giving your son Aloe Vera for his asthma. I would like to try it too. Just a question on the daily intake: The 3 inch you are cutting and preparing from the plant, mixed with orange juice for the taste, is that one dose or from there you take a spoonful every day or how much do you take?

Replied by Dianne
(Tampa, Florida)

After I mix it with orange juice, I drink the whole thing.

Replied by beverly

I developed asthma in my mid 30's after trying to wean off heavy doses of prednisone for Sarcoidosis. It reared its ugly head for several years then kind of faded. Now 75 I find I get it when I work too hard in the garden and get winded. Also, the cold along with mountain cedar is stirring it up. We are surrounded by cedar trees, so I started thinking maybe creating a concoction from the actual leaves or berries might lessen it.....I abuse my inhalers which can cause it to worsen so going to experiment. Wish me luck. I also just tested positive for methane Sibo which causes me breathing problems.

Western Red Cedar — Elise Krohn | Wild Foods and Medicines

Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Garlic, Oregano

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Posted by Michael (Covington, Louisiana) on 04/01/2011

I have found fantastic results from a combination of ACV, Oregano and Garlic for what the conventional Dr. called simply "Adult onset asthma".

A little background: 4 years ago I began having (gradually) more difficulty breathing at night. During day was fine and I was active. But, at night the tightness in chest was apparent, and along came the wheezing too. It became unbearable and I could not lay down totally without feeling like I was going to choke. Anyway, I went to a conventional Dr. I knew and he did tests and simply said I had developed Adult onset Asthma (I was 35 at the time). He prescribed Advair and I took it (for about 1. 5 yrs) and it helped a ton. But cost a lot too. I eventually sought out a cheaper alternative and he prescribed Symbicort. It cost a lot too. I used it sparingly...

In Nov 2010, I was jogging (as I normally did) and my heart began to race, became light-headed, and almost passed out and had to walk home. Haven't jogged since. Everytime I do any strenuous activity my heart would race and I almost pass out. I did pass out in my yard on March 12 of 2011. Trying to use a hand saw to simply cut down a small tree (5" diameter). That pushed me to solve my issues and get off the prescription. [About this same time, a friend had recommended a website where a man detailed his fight against asthma AND his own doctor. His research concluded that he might not be suffering from asthma, but rather a very serious bacterial infection in his lungs (Chlamydia Pneumonia). He had to convince his doctor to presrcibe a serious regimen of antibiotics to solve the problem... and it did]. To confirm it wasnt a heart issue I got a $59 CTScan to confirm there was no blockage, or issues that weren't solely lung related.

I suspected my issue was the same, especially given my doctor had NO reason for why my "asthma" magically developed. So, being more inclined to try an alternative method OTHER than antibiotics, I used this combination to garner awesome results:

Oregano Oil drops-- 5 to 10 drops into an empty capsule (3x/day) taken before meal-- and topically-- 3 drops on chest-rubbed in, 2 drops on each ankle (inside just above heel), 1 drop on each side of nose rubbed in (stay away from eyes! )-- 1x/day (first week only)-- I smelled awful for a couple hours-- but the fumes felt therapeutic!


Garlic Powder Capsules- 3 to 4 capsules (3x/day) = about 3500-4500mg/day (just before meals)


Apple Cider Vinegar (pills)-3 to 4 pills (3x/day) = 5-7g/day (just before meals)


Baking soda water (1 glass every morning--1st thing)--hoping to improve systemic alkalinity


Sporadic use of Hydrogen Peroxide- [I emptied a nasal sprayer and replaced with H2O2]. Inhaled (5-10x/day) directly in mouth- Hoping to aid in the break up of deeply rooted/lodged infection/bacteria


Regimen began 3/14/2011, I still used inhaler 1x/day (as normal) until 3/16...then began skipping days. Used this method for 5 days and then the Healing Crisis began. From 3/19 to 3/22 a sore throat appeared. Followed by the addition of a runny nose & raspy voice. On the 24th (11th day of treatment)I also was sneezing and felt clammy. Rough night onthe 25th-- Deep Sore throat, cough, major lung discharge of mucus, & nasal mucus discharge too ( but no fever). Sat 26th, same sore throat, lung discharge and no fever (26th marked 1 week since last inhaler use! ). Sun 27th, mild sore throat, reduced discharge and night sweat (like the breaking of a fever)... Noticeable increase in chest cavity when inhaling over the past week!! Still mild tightness only felt at night when laying down.. BUT MUCH better than before and NO inhaler! . 28th-31st, still using regimen and getting slightly better in every respect. I plan to continue the regimen for a full 30days. 31st-converted from oregano oil drops (ran out), to capsules and will continue til mid April.

I am chronicling this as further evidence that alternative methods work, they work well and they can replace MANY conventional methods without the nasty side effects and the high costs! tomorrow will be two weeks since I last used the inhaler and I have 0 desire or need to use it. I am only hoping in the next few weeks I can get back to the full exercise regimen I was used to without my heart racing again (Symbicort side effect [per the insert] -- "irregular heartbeat, racing heartbeat")

I hope this may help someone with "asthma"--look into a possible alternative treatment that CURES them!

Replied by Michael
(Covington, La)

UPdate on the progress I have made...

I am closing in on 60 days of treatment. -- The 14th of May will mark 60 days. Some thoughts:

--after 2 weeks of Oregano Oil drops added to mpty capsules, I ran out and bought an Oregano powder in a capsule-- used it for two weeks (among other stuff)-- and regressed.. ONLY the Oregano Oil-P73, Super Strength seemed to work in tandem with the other aforementioned supplements (garlic, ACV pills, H202 spray)...

-- Beginning of April I stopped (ran out) of ACV pills, but replaced it with a supplement of Red Clover capsules (couple pills, 2x/day)--used it for 2 weeks, then ran out of it... then in mid April I replaced it with Vitamin C capsules (5000 mg/day) and a probiotics supplement.

Now I currently am taking 10-15 drops of liquid Oregano Oil (in capsule, 3x/day), and Vitamin C (5000mg/day), and a Probiotics supplement.

I am confident my "Adult Onset" Asthma was, in reality, a bacterial infection in the lungs . I feel MUCH better-- and my chest cavity feels larger when inhaling-- The 19th of May will mark 60 days since I last used an Inhaler, and I dont EVER plan to use one again..

I may not be at 100% yet-- but I feel much better, and sleep very easy at night (I used have the hardest time breathing once I laid down to fall asleep)...

If you have kids or your own case of asthma-- please give this a try and try to remain vigilent through the inevitable "healing crisis" you will experience as your body purges itself from the toxins lodged in the lungs and elsewhere...

Good luck!!!

Apple Cider Vinegar, H2O2 Inhalation

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Posted by MRS. L (Upstate NY, USA) on 01/14/2008

After years of adult onset asthma, I feel "a lot" better since taking a tsp. of straight cider vinegar at night before bed. I hardly ever wake up wheezing anymore. Also, I have tried peroxide inhalation (50/50 mix of 3% peroxide with water in a spray bottle 2x a day.) Stings like heck at first, but I can breathe through my nose again. I also take 1500 mg, or more, of vitaman c per day. I feel great again!

Apple Juice

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Posted by Gisela (Hunstville, Alabama) on 08/22/2007

A friend told me about hearing of studies done on children with asthma and how drinking apple juice helped them to not develop symptoms. She realized that her severe asthma had vanished once her children reached toddler age and that she was drinking apple juice with them daily during snack time.

I have severe asthma and have had to use a rescue inhaler on average about 5 times a day, which makes me go through about 2 inhalers a month. For anyone on a rescue inhaler, you know they are now switched to environmentally friendly inhalers (or so they say) which cost many times over what the old generic used to cost. Not having medical insurance, this was a big problem for me but not one I connected to the apple juice cure for a while (bear with me, there's a point coming). I started to drink apple juice, I bought the frozen concentrate and mixed it myself in a reusable container (trying to be more earth friendly and energy saving so I do this with all juices now). I started by having a glass in the morning, after dinner and before bed. I would also have some at the onset of asthma symptoms. I did realize after two or so weeks that I was feeling better, I no longer had heavy chest pressure or lung tiredness. Those two things alone were a big relief for me as I'd been told by my doctor that either lung could collapse at any moment and that neither was strong enough to fully support me long enough for a procedure to be done. For the first time in the year since she'd told me that, my lungs felt strong. I could literally run up my stairs and be ok, I started to exercise again and I could breathe deep, full beautiful breathes! I still had to use my rescue inhaler but only once at night. It was in realizing that my inhaler needed to be refilled that I came upon a great discovery... my inhaler had lasted me over 9 weeks!!! For the first time in my life, I had an inhaler last more than 2-3 weeks max. So not only was I ingesting less chemicals (that after a lifetime of use had left me with many other symptoms) but I was saving a ton of money too! It has now been nearly 4 months since I have been treating my asthma with apple juice and not only am I breathing better but my lungs don't hurt anymore and I'm only on my second inhaler since the start of the apple juice treatment.

I did notice some of the symptoms start to come back as my allergies became very aggravated by a) an ongoing drought in my state that causes a lot of dust and such in the air and b) the maintenance men at my apartment complex cutting the grass every other day despite the fact that it doesn't need it. About three weeks ago I started to take a garlic supplement for a yeast infection (clears it up in just a few days) and noticed that my asthma seemed much better. I've since been taking one garlic supplement in the morning with my apple juice and found that I can go days without using my rescue inhaler I have previously tried to use just the garlic supplements for my asthma and they did help but not enough for me to continue them alone. Now using them in combination with the apple juice, I have found much better results then when I used a medicated diskus to prevent asthma symptoms.

Replied by Sela
(Huntsville, Alabama)

It has been almost a year now and I have continued to use the apple juice to help my asthma. I stopped using the garlic pill and started to implement garlic in my diet instead. However recently in taking ACV for my allergies and adding it to the apple juice to cover up the taste I found that it has boosted the effect of the apple juice to where I no longer have to constantly have my inhalor at had for just in case. I can breathe better and clearer as if I'd never had asthma at all. I still get occasional wheezing but nowhere near what it used to be.

Asthma and Vocal Cord Dysfunction

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Posted by Nancy (Ellis, KS) on 08/08/2007

Last year, I found a lot of very valuable information on your site, and as a result took several steps to improve my health. I had asthma as a child, and it still occurs occasionally when triggered by outdoor allergies. Last year I had major asthma problems all year, which was uncharacteristic for me. Allergy/asthma medications did not help - in fact I got progressively worse. After being diagnosed with reflux (which I now believe was caused by these medications), I tried reflux medicines, and again, continued to get worse. After viewing your site, I managed to get off of all the asthma and reflux medications, and have used ACV with good results. However, this year, I began experiencing asthma again, and have since learned about Vocal Cord Dysfunction (also called Paradoxical Vocal Cord Movement). I think your readers would benefit from considering this as a possible cause of their breathing difficulties. I've been told that it is actually rather common, and while there are specialists who know about it, it is not yet well known by the medical profession.

Asthma Inhalers and Mental Disturbances

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Posted by Frank W. (New York City, NY) on 03/01/2009


One of my relatives was recently diagnosed with steroid psychosis a year and a half after taking a steroid asthma inhaler for asthma (on and off). His family never knew, since he kept his delusions secret. However, it eventually came out in other ways. Please watch for this in your own family and friends who take steroids for asthma. I had never heard about side effects from asthma inhalers until now, but apparently its well known among psychiatrists.

Here is some information I found while researching the subject. I hope it helps someone:

"Asthma inhalers and nasal sprays that contain steroids are well known to cause psychiatric side effects such as depression, mood swings, aggression, irritability and insomnia. However, in rare cases, they can also cause a side effect called "steroid psychosis". People with steroid psychosis lose contact with reality and can appear to be crazy or insane. Symptoms of steroid psychosis can involve anything from incoherent babbling to psychotic delusions and hallucinations. The person may need to be hospitalized and treated with anti-psychotic drugs. The condition is usually reversible, although it may take weeks, months, or even longer to resolve. Steroid psychosis is rare with steroid asthma inhalers and nasal sprays (1 in 10,000 chance). However, it is much more common with oral (pills) steroid drugs, such as prednisone.

Examples of steroid asthma inhalers are Pulmicort, Flovent and Advair. Examples of steroid nasal sprays are Nasonex, Nasacort, Rhinocort and Flonase.

Steroid psychosis can begin with a feeling of being 'hyped up'. This can be followed by anxiety, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), pressured speech, increased blood pressure, loss of potassium, severe insomnia, depression, hallucinations, memory problems and delusions. The person can appear to have serious mental illness, such as bipolar mania or schizophrenia, which are mental illnesses characterized by the loss of contact with reality. People with steroid psychosis may experience suicidal or homicidal ideation (thoughts of killing themselves or others). They can have delusions of grandeur (a false belief they have great importance), such as believing they are Jesus Christ. They can also have paranoid delusions (a false belief they are being persecuted), such as believing they are the victim of a conspiracy. Also, the person may experience hallucinations or visual illusions. The hallucinations can be visual (seeing people or things that are not there), or auditory (hearing voices). Steroid psychosis can leave a person disabled and unable to work.

Note that the steroids in asthma inhalers are called "corticosteroids", and should not be confused with the steroids used by body builders called "anabolic steroids".


Replied by Sharon


I inhaled toxic dust at my workplace and got RADS. I coughed continuously for seven weeks until I was referred to pulmonologist who put me on very high dose prednisone for five days. Although it stopped the coughing, I did get a steroid psychosis which I would not wish on any one...mainly delusions and mania, plus a feeling of unreality. It can happen, luckily mine was short lived, although it took me a year to truly recover from the RADS.


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Posted by Maureen (USA) on 12/10/2006

I should have added something I wanted to email you about before. After suffering with asthma for more than 30 years, I was completely cured of it more than three years ago by a doctor who discovered that some asthma is actually caused by bacteria you get with a cold, flu, bronchitis or pneumonia, that lingers in your tissue after the initial illness has ended. I took Azithromycin for three days, then once a week for twelve weeks and was off all my asthma medication by week 8, and I haven't had any asthma medication or had asthma since. There are a lot of studies out about this, and I'd post them on Earth Clinic, but I know it's geared toward natural treatment.

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(West Bend, WI)

I have heard of this also and here is the website of heard of it on.
Also there is a clinical trial that you can participate in if you live in the selected areas. Some doctors (as you'll see on the website) won't give you the medicine or won't test you because they don't have the test for the bacteria available.
Anyway, here is the information:
And a link on Dr.Hahn

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Where can I find information on dosage for children (my son is 3,5 son years old)?

Bathini Mrugasira Fish Medicine

Posted by Ed2010 (Canada) on 09/30/2014

Bathini Mrugasira Fish Medicine for Asthma:

Let me start with the story.

160 years ago a Hindu Saint gave an Herbal Medicine Formula to Philanthropist in the State of Andhra Pradesh, India, with the promise that he can administer the medicine to others only at free of cost.

Since, then the Bathini Goud Family(the original philanthropist) administer the Bathini Mrugasira Fish medicine to the people of India and all over the world for free for nearly 160 years from the year 1845.

The uniqueness of this medicine is the herbal paste is kept in the mouth of the baby Murrel Fish and given to the patient. The patient has to swallow the whole medicine along with live tiny Fish.

Bathini Fish Medicine is served and administered on a specific day called "Mrigishira Karthi", which is fixed each year by astrologers and normally coincides with the arrival of monsoon rains, the first or second week of June. Bathini Fish Medicine is given on Mrigishira Karti Nakshatra. Three doses of the extra medicine is also provided to patients, which is to be taken on three successive kartis: Arudra Karthi, Punnavasu Karthi and Pushymi Karti, these days being spaced each fifteen days, making a total of 45 days. After taking Bathini Fish Medicine the patient has to be under strict diet control for 45 days.

Indian herbal medicines (siddha, ayurvedha) is more potent on a particular date based on the planets, moons and stars. It is because of the Planets and stars centrepetal force, gravitiy that resonates the energies of the herb on that particular date providing maximum therapeutic value, which modern science has never even thought of.

This Fish Medicine camp is conducted only once a year. 24 hours non stop to serve nearly 50000 people. People from 6 months to 80 years are benefited from this medicine.

Now the Bathini family effort is registered as a Non-Profit Organization and providing the service.

The medicine and administration is totally free. You just have to buy the Fish, which is Rs. 10 (ten indian rupees) that is only 16 cents.

The Fish is provided by the Fisheries department of that State Andhra.

(Many of the Industries are run by the state/provincial govenments in India)

For more information about the Bathini Mrigasira fish medicine for asthma patients.


(non-profit organization serving 160 years)

You can see the video of fish medicine being administered in the following links

We used to say in India, only because of good people it is raining ( as rain is more important for drinking water and agriculture).

Now, I know one of the reason why it is raining in Andhra Pradesh, India.

Good Health.

Black Seed Oil

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Posted by Melissa (Georgia ) on 10/10/2022

I've had asthma for as long as I can remember. I had been using something every day for it. I started using black seed oil in 2020 and in about a week I was no longer using my rescue inhaler. I can breathe without it.

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Hi Melissa,

How often and how much do you take of the Black seed oil. Can you put it in tea or smoothie?