Please post this where asthma sufferers can view it, this is important because I had a hard time finding a cure for asthma on your site but thank God I did. I began a regimen of oil pulling shortly after a lingering cold went to my lungs, I just couldn't get rid of the mucus. I prayed for relief. It got even worse after a chemical pesticide was sprayed in my home for pest control. The next day after the extermination I had the worst attack of my life, I couldn't stand it anymore, so after 10 years of not having to put any poison into my lungs I had to once again use an inhaler to control the attacks. After the second night of waking up feeling side effects of nervousness anxiety and panic I decided enough was enough. I went to the computer in the middle of the night and began hours of research to find a natural cure. That's how I found this miracle of a web site. The next day I went out a purchased some sesame oil and took one table spoon 3x a day at the onset of my asthma attack and Immediately after the very first dose the mucus expelled out of my longs, and within 10 minutes what had plagued me for over 10 years was no more. Since then If I have any tightening in my chest or shortness of breath I IMMEDIATELY do the oil pulling and the problem subsides in 10 minutes or less. ~~~Oh I'd be remiss if I did not mention the side effect, I took oil pulling for Bronchial Asthma but as a result I got a dazzling white smile, sinus relief, not to mention it remarkably helped to subside my symptoms PMS all unexpected but welcomed side effects. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! P.S. thanks my husband thanks you too, lol.
I'll share a little funny about my home remedy collecting. Talking with my uncle one day, when in my teens, and he told me that one of my great aunts used to dry "dog balls" and chew them to relieve her asthma. I was aghast and said: "Uncle Byn", surely you don't mean she killed a poor little dog just to get his testicles for her asthma!" He then tried to delicately explain to me that she followed the dog around on frosty mornings and picked up his "droppings" to dehydrate until she needed them to chew for her asthma. I was still aghast, but relieved that she wasn't killing the poor dogs. This is one remedy I am not likely to try, nor recommend to anyone else. However in reading the history of medicine, I read that they first found the miracle antibiotic (well it was at that time) aureomycin, in the white part of chicken of chicken manure underneath the chicken roost. I then thought of the old folks remedy of standing the child in front of the henhouse door and lettiing the hens fly over their heads for the chickenpox. I seriously doubt that it had any effect other than placebo though.
Hi! My 9 year old had a terrible asthma attack last night. She coughed and wheezed all night. By morning, the coughing was non-stop. All night I tried remedy after remedy and nothing was working. (She had this trouble a year ago and we found a number of natural solutions for her. Then she only had a little trouble every so often, easily treatable with nettles and quercetin.) Anyway, I was reading through all the asthma stuff here on earth clinic and trying what I had on hand. ACV didn't work. Essential Oils didn't work. Lobelia tincture didn't work. And Epsom Salt bath didn't work. Green tea didn't work. Coffee didn't work. Herbal steam didn't work and nettles and quercetin didn't work. ) Previously, many of these things had worked for her, so I was really baffled.
Finally, I called a friend (when the hour was decent) to ask her about a remedy she had once used on her son who has bad asthma. It was an "Onion Poultice." I sauteed about 1/4 cup of onion in coconut oil until it was soft. I put it on a cloth. I added a lot of salt. (at least 1/4 cup. ) I wrapped it in the cloth and when it was no longer too hot (test on forearm) I put in on her chest (which had some oil as a barrier on it, so the onion wouldn't burn. ) In a few minutes she stopped coughing and slept with not a single cough for almost 2 hours. She was still wheezing but not coughing. When she woke up, I gave her 4 nettles capsules and 2 quercetin capsules. When I checked her breathing with a stethoscope 30 minutes later, her lungs sounded almost normal.
By the way, if you have a stethoscope, here is a great website to know what you are hearing. I found it very helpful.
She may have a little cold that brought this one and perhaps ate something yesterday at a pot luck that didn't agree with her (she went to bed with a migraine.)
I was thinking we might end up in the ER and was so grateful that we didn't have to do that. Thank God for onion.
I hope that helps another mom one of these nights when you are searching and searching for what will help you child!
~Mama to Many~
Oregano oil for bronchitis and asthma:
After trying EVERYTHING I read about I came across a book by Dr. Cass Ingram in which she describes how wild oregano can be used in the treatment of different diseases. I started using the oil and a supplement with oregano and other spices and after a week I'm so much better, I rarely use my inhaler anymore. Amazing!
Has anyone tried pycnogenol for asthma? Look up the health benefits. I believe it works well. Tried it for a while. I am going back on it soon.
I have used a quercetin with bromelain supplement to eliminate my daily use of inhalers and singulair in order to breathe. One needs to take very high doses of quercetin when initially weaning themself off the medications (it's almost impossible to take too much quercetin - it's extremely non-toxic and safe). After a few weeks, a lower - and much more affordable - maintenance dose can be taken each day with no side effects or worries. This is not a true cure, but it is one natural way to manage asthma. A good holistic doc may help with finding a cure depending on the particular cause for each individual - whether it be a yeast problem, allergies, adrenal problem, Wilson's syndrome, etc
EC: Quercetin belongs to a class of water-soluble plant pigments called flavonoids. Quercetin acts as an antihistamine and has anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin can be found in onions, apples, green tea, and black tea. Smaller amounts are found in leafy green vegetables and beans.
I'd like to share with you a remedy for asthma. My son suffered from terrible asthma that was steroid dependent. Doctors told me he would have it forever and would need to be on steroids the rest of his life and the disease would get worse over time. I tried several times to withdraw him without success. The last time was about two years ago. He was still struggling until I discovered radiation hormesis. I stumbled across it accidentally and read as much as I could about it. There's a lot of scientific information on the web. You should google it. Within three months he wasn't using his blue at all. He also stopped peeing the bed. He was still doing that. It's been about a year on radiation hormesis. He had one minor flair up of asthma. I gave him SSKI for one week and he was back on track again. This has been a miracle for us.
I know what you are thinking. Exposing yourself to radiation. You are going to get cancer. I had the same reaction as you. If you or your loved one have a chronic problem sometimes you have to take a chance. Do your own research and you might change your mind.
I have been using radish and lemon. I just cut up 4 red ball looking radish and peel one lemon and put them into a blender for a while, at least 6 minutes making sure it is smooth. I then cook it on the low setting. It is wonderful. I still have to take it 3 times a day or so. No coughing, no wheezing, etc. I will try adding honey to it. I keep the mixture in a tupperware container in the refrigerator. I feel good and I am back to drinking good 'ole Southern Sweet tea.
Radish, Honey and Lemon Juice
For relief from Asthma, put the radish, honey and lemon juice and the blender. Mix for 20 minutes and then put in the pan in the stove low heat and take one teaspoon in the morning everyday.
Try raw milk for Asthma and other lung problems.
Linda and all: Have you found out about Oralmat, the Oz-developed non-prescription oral drops(around 1999 was the clinical trials there, and it has been on the market now since early 2000's)?
It is a natural extract of ryegrass, containing many phyto-compounds.
Here is a recent March 2010 5-minute vid testimonial from a guy who used to have asthma:
Near the 3:45 mark he mentions "60 pounds" , which might be the cost there in the UK. That's a lot of money, if he means 1 vial! It is used for both allergy relief and asthma. Some testimonials claim it cured their asthma after only a few weeks or months, rather like yamoa powder in that respect. A 10 ml vial will contain 100 3-drop doses under the tongue. I see it around net sites for up to $60 a vial, but I see it's way cheaper than that in its native Australia, and while I can't provide a direct URL to a commercial biz, I guess I'll just say try healthsuperstore.com because there it's $18 only. They ship only to USA addresses. Sorry about the long paragraphs running together. Editing software screwed up and it won't let me separate them!
I have mild asthma and saline nose spary helps to releave my breathlessnes. I don't know why it works but it does. I have had times where I just couldn't seem to catch my breath but I haven't had that problem since. I just spary a little of the mist in the smeller and it relieves the symptoms. The brand I use is water and .65% salt. I am curious if I will be able to mix my own solution once i am out of this spray.
This is not just a Big Fat Nay for salt pipe inhalation therapy for asthma, but a complaint about the poster who is pumping their "Salt Rocks" site under the very very thin guise of "offering extensive compiled information" (which is no different than any other site selling salt rock pipes).
I actually went to the Salt Rocks site that the poster put in their post and bought two salt pipes for two asthmatics in the family. The people involved are both non-smoking males, one 43 years and the other 58 years, both have low-sodium diets that generally exclude asthma-trigger allergens; the younger is a vegetarian, the elder is not. I got the pipes at Christmas time, and three months later, no improvement or help whatsoever in either person, and in fact, the elder person is worse, now having to have a heftier dose of Advair. And, while all the "information" promises no increase in blood pressure, blood pressure was elevated in the elder, and in the younger blood pressure went through the roof after starting salt inhalation; both cases higher than when taking the Advair (which is known to elevate blood pressure).
So, consider this a double nay for salt pipes, both of which have been relegated to the trash bin.
If it sounds too good to be true, guess what children, it is...except for the person selling it, of course.
EC: Thank you for letting us know about this! The post and url to the website have been deleted.
Salt Pipe Inhaler
My son has had breathing difficulties for 5 of his 7 years. He has tried many remedies but has found the most relief from the Himalayan Salt Inhaler. He knows when he starts to feel breathing difficulties starting, grabs his "pipe" and cures himself. It is absolutely amazing! He has never had conventional meds but we were close to getting him a medical inhaler because he suffered so badly. Not any more!!
Salt Pipe Inhaler
First of all, thank you Earth Clinic. It was through here I first saw a reference to salt inhalation as a remedy/relief from Asthma.
It was from KR's post that I started researching salt pipes and salt inhalation. Sounded interesting, so I made one (how to make your own below.)
My brother started suffering from Asthma about ten years ago, and started with serious prescription meds about six years ago -- and he doesn't like the side effects (or the idea of inhaling steroids twice daily) at all. To make things worse, he was wounded in Vietnam, and as a result of surgery to remove the shrapnel, he is missing part of a lung, and his diaphragm doesn't function well, ergo, bad breathing to begin with. While retraining himself to breathe correctly has had minimal success, breathing with the diaphragm is exceptionally difficult and painful for him. We have handled as best we can the environmental issues (taking up carpeting, not using the wood stove, installing air cleaner, shaving the cats...)but that has only helped minimally. So, we started searching for INEXPENSIVE alternative and natural treatments (that for the most part can be paid for by food stamps).
After looking at a plethora of salt pipe websites, I thought it would be easy enough to make, and it is. I have a large mini-teapot collection, and chose a nicely shaped porcelain pot (size would be 1-cup, or it would be considered a child's or doll's teapot)where the spout curves a little and sits low on the pot. Strainer holes are preferable, but can be worked around by stuffing a little sterile gauze in the bottom of the spout. I then went to my cupboard, and sure enough, there in the back was a box of Morton's rock salt which I use in the ice cream maker. Dump salt into pot, and bingo, a salt pipe. If the steam hole in the lid doesn't allow enough air, manipulate the lid a little with your hand/fingers. Use the spout as your mouth inhaler. It takes a little practice to consistently breathe in thru mouth, out thru nose, as there is no valve to prevent contaminated air going back into the pot/pipe. But, just starting with a little salt, if it becomes contaminated, just dump it out. Now, I mention Morton's specifically, because I tested it. One of the inhaler sites stated that THEIR salts were the best because everybody else's had fluoride or chlorine or other nasty stuff in it. I dissolved some salt in distilled water and tested it with a water test kit I got from my garden center. The ppm levels of "stuff" were somewhat-to-significantly lower than are naturally found in my municipal drinking water, so I don't see any big problem. Just a word of caution about mini-tea pots...porcelain and china are no-brainers; ceramic, stoneware, or other pottery may not have suitable glazes, or glazes that may react with the salt so dissolve 2 tbsp of salt with 6 ounces hot-to-boiling water and see if there is any discoloration after 2-3 hours; and, of course, NEVER use a metal pot, even if it has a porcelain finish. A little teapot that may be labeled "not suitable for use" more than likely means the glazing is not suitable for food-stuffs or tea tannins (which can leach out contaminants), however, it simply may mean the pot is not be able to stand up to heat, so do a test first, and if there are any problems, don't use it.
In any event, it has been 3 weeks now at generally two 15-minute sessions daily and a few minutes when he feels like an attack might be coming on. He began to feel better after a couple of days, with steady improvement. My bro has used his Advair only five times (instead of twice daily), and his inhaler only a few times. Overall, he feels an improvement in his breathing, and if nothing else, he is able to sleep more soundly at night. I am convinced that were he able to do breathing exercises properly that would even help more, but that's going to take time.
Based on results thus far (with zero side effects other than an occasional salty taste in the mouth), we certainly would recommend trying it.
BTW....just kidding about shaving the cats.
(Wellington, New Zealand)