My asthma completely disappeared when I followed a No Starch Diet (which I did for about 10 years) to treat my autoimmune disease Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS). A bunch of other immune problems also eased eg iritis, dermatitis, and also peripheral joint inflammation not directly associated with AS.
The No Starch Diet is comparable to Paleo, but a bit stricter:
- No grains
- No dairy
- No legumes, potatoes, yams as all are starchy
- Yes: meat, fish
- Yes: walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, brazil nuts ..
- Yes: carrots, cauliflower, cucumber, lettuce, tomato
- Yes: most fruit .. except no to banana and stone fruits
After eating Natto (Japanese cultured soy beans) I was able to resume eating starchy foods without the asthma recurring (except curiously have to avoid peanuts, and not too much cheese). Only in extreme conditions did the asthma return eg a cold causing me to cough a lot and then maybe some asthma until the cold abated.
This is what has reduced my asthma symptoms by 90%... TURMERIC powder.. the cheap stuff not even organic.. it's like $1 for a huge bag. Mix 1 tbsp in water and chug it down 3x a day, or mix it with your food if you prefer.
Next, get lots of SUN, vitamin D deficiency has a major role in asthma attacks.
Next (optional) eat lots of vegetables with every meal (fruits not so much).
I went from needing my inhaler or I would die.. to not using it for weeks at a time.. the #1 thing I mentioned is the turmeric, sunlight is very important too though.
Try it and let me know your results.
H2O2 Inhalation Therapy
I have had mild asthma for years but still had to take a corticosteroid (Advair) once a day. I've been determined to get off that stuff so I threw caution to the wind and used Bill Munroe's method but only inhaled 6 squirts once in the morning of the 3% solution hydrogen peroxide daily. This is day 5....no asthma symptoms. Do you all realize how empowering it is to be using a therapy that is $0.50 a month as opposed to $40 (with insurance)? Once I get my 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide, I'll dilute it further till I hit the maintenance dose - hopefully < o.5%. As a nurse, I find this therapy a whole lot less destructive then the steroids offered patients. Period!
H2OH Inhalation for Asthma: The first time I tried the h2oh in my neb, I didnt have the unstabilized kind, but was desperate and used one with a stabilizer. It worked instantly. I went and food the arron brands and started using that. Since then, Every time I try to start the treatment I get really really bad reactions. My asthma gets worse than ever, my heart rate goes crazy going from 40-100 bpm at random, and one one very bad night it was racing and then stopping for about 4 beats. At first I thought the asthma attack were coinciding with my efforts, but after trying so many times, I think it is a result. I have always had some sort of allergy to mold but was never diagnosed by a doctor. I was traveling in Boston at the age of twenty when the first bad attack happened and went to the er around there. They x-rayed my lungs and said there were no signs of asthma but thats the diagnosis because my symptoms point that way. Suddenly getting asthma at the age of twenty seemed like a joke to me!! Isnt that what a 20 year old girl dreams of? I imagined wearing an inhaler on a neclace. Since these reactions, I am wondering if I have some sort of fungus or virus in my lungs, and they are reacting spitefully to the threat of thier environment the excess oxygen is bringing? I did cough up a lot of mucus and some bloody mucus or clots.
Every time I try the treatment I end up having to get an rx for prednisone because I can't take how bad the asthma is. I get really erratic and upset, maybe the lack of oxygen? I also get a chemical smell when my asthma is at its worse. I thought it was my car, but I get whiffs of it everywhere and no one else can smell it. The only chemical I use is mouse in the roots of my hair, don't even use body wash (got a three year skin allergic reaction, not taking that chance again), homemade pure laundry detergent, etc.
Any ideas of how I can safely use the h20h, what the smell is, and if my asthma is really some sort of infection? It has been five years now, the only time I did not have asthma was when I was pregnant and breastfeeding.
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.)
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.
Apple Cider Vinegar, Baking Soda, Garlic, Oregano
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...
MSM cured my Asthma. I have been using ACV for quite some time now without any measurable improvement in my Asthma, but I will continue to use it for all its other health benefits. I wanted desperately to find something to help my Asthma. I have had Asthma since I was 6 (I'm now 35) and it became much worse 11 years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. I have been using Advair and Ventolin for years, but I don't want to be dependent on them. I ran out of my Advair about a week and a half ago and my Asthma became out of control. I was waking up a couple of times a night needing my rescue inhaler and I struggled throughout the day. I took 2 1,000 mg capsules of MSM yesterday (I broke the powder into applesauce) and I was able to sleep through the night and wake up without ANY issues! I took a second dose this morning and again just now. I haven't had so much as a wheeze all day! I feel like a new woman! I will let you know how I feel after continued use. I LOVE this site!
Find the Triggers
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!
Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne, Coffee
I have asthma, & I drink coffee, [LOVE! It] usually almost a 12-cup pot, / day.
Coffee has more polyphenols than green tea, has been proven to help prevent diabetes, & others.
I believe caffeine functions as a substitute neurotransmitter.
Apple Juice, Garlic
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.
My x pastor used msm when she was a severly asthmatic person/ she had ASTHMA for years from being alergic to all grasses, she ended up to 300 lbs in the hospital on predizone and dieing constantly on albuterol etc, in the hospital a nurse grabbed her and said you need msm, she started taking like 6 pills a day, lost all the weight it restored all her organs from the destruction of predizone and is now completely of albuterol it saved her life!! just wanted to let yall know, she has before and after photos and no one can tell her different!
A friend told me to take peppermint tea for my asthma.On day 1 I took 4 cups a day with a little sugar and milk optional. by the late afternoon I was breathing better, big difference.better than taking vetolin. This is day 4 and the same good effects.I think the only ones who can't take the peppermint tea is people with Gerd or acid reflux.. Google side effects. Thank you.
An elderly friend of mine with asthma began having an asthma attack at another friend's house. (She's wound up in the hospital due to them several times before.) That friend quickly made her some 'Cayenne Tea' & got her to drink it all down ... and the asthma attack disappeared! Cayenne is excellent as a remedy for multiple health problems!
I have stopped wheat before, which alleviated my asthma, but was extremely difficult to maintain.
Recently, to better my health, I eliminated processed sugar, and my asthma completely disappeared! I didn't need my inhaler any more! Shocking! After looking it up, I found medical resources stating that sugar is inflammatory and contributes to asthma. They were right!!! Now, to keep up with no processed sugar ;) (or rarely having sugar)
Find the Triggers
Asthma is one of the most common ailments that is misdiagnosed and recently a study came indicating that 88% first diagnosis made is incorrectly. So, please read this: Silent acid reflux mimics asthma.
A couple things to look for 1) You have trouble breathing, 2) you have more difficulty getting air in than getting air out out?
Acid reflux causes you to have trouble getting air in during inspiration. People with asthma have difficulty getting air out of the lungs. Make sure you have the correct diagnosis!
When I was sick I was misdiagnosed at least seven times. That is seven time too many in my book. Getting on an treatment can permanently cure this asthma-like breathing problem. If you do not have enough acid in your stomach and this can happen as you get older or even to someone younger. not correct digestion leads to acid build up which causes acid reflux.
My ND put me on HCL, hydrochlric I simply took a few bites of food then take a HCL pill I was told to take one tablet if not burning in the stomach, then next time you eat take two, then next time you eat take three. As soon as it begins burning in the stomach cut back to two.
There are other ways as well one is licorice or good old baking soda, since we all know it is alkalizing and it neutralizes stomach acid fast, and alkalizes the entire system. Mix 1/2 teaspoon to full teaspoon in an 8 ounce glass of pure waterand drink immediately. You will find out fast if you have asthma or acid reflux Be caution because baking soda can raise your blood pressure.
Buteyko Breathing Method
Thank you so much for sharing this! The copay for my asthma drug recently went up to $358, and I didn't like being steroid drugs, anyway. I had to go to the ER, and after that, was having to use my inhaler several times a day -- because the alternative medications weren't working that great, for me. Still searching for how to heal asthma I found your post. Went to YouTube and learned the Buteyko method. That was three days ago and I have had zero asthma, and needed to take zero medications, neither Rx, nor alternative, since I first used the Buteyko method. It's a miracle. Thank you.
Buteyko Breathing Method
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!
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.