NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR ASTHMA


What is Asthma?
Asthma is known to be an inflammatory condition associated with chronic inflammation of the airways. These airways often become very narrow due to the presence of such an inflammation. Although asthma can occur in any individual, irrespective of age or gender, it generally develops in individuals during their childhood. The symptoms of this condition often worsen at early morning or late night. It is important to note that medical science has not found a cure for this condition. Even if you do not experience the symptoms of this condition on a regular basis, you can still be suffering from it. You may experience a flare-up at any point of time. However, several natural treatments as well as medicinal drugs may help in reducing the intensity as well as frequency of asthmatic attacks.


Symptoms of Asthma

Asthma is a condition associated with the narrowing of the respiratory muscles and the accumulation of mucus in the respiratory tract. This may lead to constant coughing by the affected individual to clear the airways. It has been stated that in most cases, coughing worsens at night when lying on the bed as it causes the person to feel congested. The Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh states that chest tightness is also a common symptom of this condition and is accompanied by frequent coughing. There are certain individuals suffering from asthma who experience persistent cough, whereas some may experience flare-ups on certain occasions only. When the person suffering from asthma experiences an asthmatic attack, it results in the inflammation of the airways. As a result of the inflammation of the airways, the affected individual may experience shortness of breath, which worsens due to strenuous activity. Difficulty in breathing is a dangerous symptom of asthma and requires immediate medical attention. Asthma is also known to deter the supply of oxygen to the brain. This may result in fatigue in the affected individuals. This causes the person to feel extremely tired and deters them from performing any physical activities such as sports or any other form of exercise.


Causes of Asthma

Mayoclinic.com states that the actual reason behind the occurrence of this condition is not known. However, it is presumed to occur as a result of genetic and environmental factors. Certain substances in the environment are considered responsible for triggering allergic asthma. Common allergens include pet hair, pollen, mold and dust. Prolonged exposure to these allergens is known to aggravate this condition repeatedly. Asthmatic bronchitis is known to develop as a result of first-hand or second-hand smoke. The National Lung Health Educational Program states that those who smoke are at a heightened risk of suffering from bronchial asthma. Emotional stress is also known to result in the occurrence of asthma. Allergic reactions to foods such as peanuts or shellfish are also known to be one of the major causes of asthmatic attacks.


Home Remedies for Asthma

Boswellia

The University of Maryland Medical Center states that boswellia may prove an effective remedy in the treatment of asthma. According to a research study published in 'Clinical Biochemistry', researchers noted that this herb was effective in reducing inflammatory mediators in those suffering from asthma, when used along with licorice root and turmeric. However, if you are taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, it is recommended that you avoid using this herb, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Before making use of this herb, it is recommended that you consult your doctor.


Spikenard

Spikenard is an herb that may prove beneficial in treating the symptoms associated with asthma. Health expert Dr.Sharol Tigner states that this herb is known to possess anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and expectorant properties. Consume this herb only under the supervision of your physician.


Licorice Root

Licorice root is considered an effective herbal remedy for treating bronchial asthma. This herb has been used for centuries to add flavour to food, in addition to being an effective remedy for a host of health ailments. This herb has been used extensively to treat conditions such as canker sores, peptic ulcers, dyspepsia, eczema as well as asthma. Dr. Sharol Tigner states that this herb is known to play the role of an expectorant, antioxidant as well as demulcent. It is also known to possess antibacterial, antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. You should avoid making use of this herb if you suffer from kidney disease, liver disorders or high blood pressure. Before making use of this herb to treat asthma, it is recommended that you consult your physician regarding the correct dosage as well as possible side effects.


Yerba Santa

Yerba santa is considered an effective remedy for treating bronchial asthma. The leaves of this plant are used for medicinal purposes. Botanical.com states that this herb is helpful in the treatment of bronchial as well as laryngeal conditions, in addition to treating pulmonary infections. Dr. Sharol Tigner states that this herb plays the role of an expectorant, bronchial dilator and exhibits antimicrobial properties. This herb helps in thinning the mucus in the lungs and causes it to be eliminated from the body. This effect of this herb is known to attribute to its extensive use in treating respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, hay fever, colds and laryngitis. It is important that you consult your doctor regarding the safety of this herb in treating asthma, especially if you are taking other medications as well.


Ma Huang

Ma Huang is an herb that is considered effective in the treatment of respiratory ailments such as asthma. The National Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicine states that this herb is an evergreen plant that is found mostly in Central Asia and Mongolia. They also state that this herb possesses an active ingredient by the name ephedrine, which plays the role of a stimulant for the heart and nervous system. The dried leaves as well as stem are used for medicinal purposes. Author of 'Natural Medicine from the Heart of the Earth', Dr.Sharol Tigner states that this herb possesses antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antitussive, decongestant as well as bronchodilator properties. This herb has been considered effective in opening up the airways, thereby promoting the free flow of air through the lungs. Use this herb under the supervision of your physician only.


Pineapple Extract

Pineapple is known to possess a compound known as bromelain, which is known to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that may prove to be effective in the treatment of asthma. It is important to note that consuming pineapple, as a whole fruit will not meet your requirement of bromelain to treat asthma. You need to consume pineapple extract to treat the symptoms of this condition effectively. Dr. Eric Secor from the University of Connecticut Health Center states that this extract is effective in treating mild cases of asthma and should not be used as a sole remedy for treating this condition. However, it is important to note that in certain cases, consuming pineapple extract may trigger an allergic reaction that can lead to an asthmatic attack. Make use of this home remedy only after you get the approval of your physician.


Apples

Apples are known to possess some phytochemicals that are helpful in boosting the functioning of the lungs in those who suffer from asthma. A research study was conducted by S.M. Willers of Utrecht University in the Netherlands and was also published in the journal named 'Thorax' in September 2007. The research study showed that when four or more apples were consumed by expecting mothers, the children born were at a reduced risk of developing asthma by around 50 per cent compared to those whose mothers who consumed one to four apples each week. Therefore, it can be concluded that apples help in preventing as well as treating the symptoms of asthma.


Lemons and Oranges

Consuming fruits such as oranges and lemons may prove effective in reducing the frequency as well as intensity of asthma attacks as it contains high amounts of vitamin C. Research studies have proved the effectiveness of this vitamin in preventing the occurrences of asthmatic attacks. According to a research study conducted by the Regional Health Authority of Lazio, Rome, it was observed that children who regularly consumed fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, tangerine and kiwi fruit in good amounts each week experienced a decrease in the symptoms of asthma compared to those children who never consume these fruits on a regular basis. This vitamin is helpful in protecting the lungs from inflammation as well. This vitamin is present in citrus fruits such as oranges and lemons, although there are several other foods that also contain good amounts of this vitamin. They include papaya, raspberries, strawberries and guava.


Ginger

Ginger is considered an effective home treatment for asthma. Ginger has been used extensively to add flavour to food as well as to treat health ailments. Medical research has shown the effectiveness of this herb in the treatment of digestive ailments, bronchitis, psoriasis as well as rheumatoid arthritis. According to a research study published in 'Journal of Agricultural Food and Chemistry', it was observed that ginger supplements might help in reducing the frequency of asthmatic attacks caused by phthalate ester. According to a research study published in 'Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology', ginger may be helpful in reducing inflammation of the bronchial passageways and promote free flow of air through the lungs. However, before consuming this herb, it is important that you check with your physician regarding the safety of this herb, especially if you suffer from conditions such as diabetes as it causes a decrease in the levels of blood sugar. If you are taking blood-thinning medications such as Coumadin, it is advisable that you avoid using this herb as it has a thinning effect on the blood too. You can consume ginger by chopping and adding it to your food or in the form of a tea. You can prepare ginger tea by steeping an inch piece of ginger in water for around 15 minutes.


Honey

Honey is considered an effective home remedy for treating the symptoms of asthma. Honey is effective in treating wheezing and cough that occur along with asthma. ABC News states that honey is helpful in soothing the mucous membranes in the air passages. The ABC News also states that according to a research study conducted by the Archives of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, children suffering from night cough experienced relief after consuming honey. When it comes to treating asthmatic symptoms using honey, it is important that you make use of the right kind of honey. ABC News states that using dark honey is best when it comes to treating cough, as it is rich in antioxidants as compared to light-coloured honey. Honey should only be used in cases when the affected individual is older than 2 years of age. However, it is important to note that you should only use honey as an additional treatment for asthma and not as a sole treatment for this condition.


Other Home Remedies for Asthma
  • Add 25 ml of fresh honey to 40 ml of basil leaves juice and consume it to experience relief from the symptoms of asthma.
  • Eat three to four figs in the morning on an empty stomach to experience relief from asthma.
  • Add ½ to 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder to a cup of warm milk and consume it to treat asthmatic symptoms.
  • Another effective remedy for asthma is lime juice, when consumed along with a few drops of ginger juice.
  • Add around 8-10 flakes of garlic to a glass of milk and boil it. After it comes to a boil, strain it and wait for it to cool. Consume it each day before you sleep and as you wake up in the morning. This remedy is considered extremely effective in treating asthma.
  • Add two teaspoons of fenugreek seeds to a glass of water and boil it until it is half the initial quantity. Strain the decoction and drink it early morning to experience relief from asthma.
  • Add some black salt to holy basil leaves and eat them. This remedy is used extensively to treat asthma.
  • Applying a paste containing mustard oil and rock salt to the chest is considered beneficial in treating asthma.

Diet for Asthma

Consume Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are known to be rich sources of vitamins, minerals as well as phytochemicals. Many fruits and vegetables are excellent sources of vitamin A, C and E, which are antioxidants that may prove beneficial in the prevention as well as treatment of asthmatic symptoms. Fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C help in reducing the inflammation of the respiratory tract. Fruits and vegetables that contain high amounts of antioxidant vitamins include mangoes, citrus fruits, apricots, carrots, green leafy vegetables and asparagus.


Foods with Omega3 Fatty Acids

According to a research study initiated by the Harvard School of Public Health in the year 2007, it was observed that regular intake of omega-3 fatty acids help in reducing the symptoms of asthma. Foods that contain high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids include flax seed, herring, salmon and tuna.


Avoid Dairy Products

Naturalnews.com states that milk and other dairy products are common triggers of asthmatic attacks. Milk protein is considered one of the most common triggers of allergic asthma. Milk as well as other dairy products are known to stimulate the production of mucus in the lungs, thereby worsening the symptoms of this condition or triggering an asthmatic attack. Those who suffer from an allergic reaction to dairy products may experience flare-ups of asthma immediately after ingesting milk protein due to the excess production of mucus inside the lungs. The best way to treat this condition is to avoid consuming these foods in your diet.


Avoid processed foods

Foods containing additives, colorants and preservatives are also known to trigger asthmatic attacks. There are certain individuals who may react to certain chemicals, while some are allergic to all these chemicals. If you suffer from an asthmatic attack after consuming a processed food product, it is important that you check what chemicals were used in the preparation of the product. Common chemicals that trigger asthmatic attacks include tartrazine(E102), which is found in many baked goods such as pastries, soft drinks, cakes etc. Monosodium Glutamate, also known as MSG, is considered responsible for asthmatic attacks. MSG (E261) is found mostly in Chinese foods and snacks like potato wafers. Sulphites and sulphur dioxide are also known to be common chemicals that trigger asthmatic attacks and are found in several canned food products.


Asthma Prevention

Asthma can easily be prevented by recognizing the causes and moving towards a plan to prevent the symptoms from recurring. Consult your doctor and prepare a plan containing the dosage and frequency of medications. It is important that you follow the plan to the best of your ability, as this condition requires constant monitoring as well as treatment. It is also important that you stay updated with immunizations to prevent flu and pneumonia, as they are responsible for asthmatic flare-ups. When it comes to preventing asthmatic flare-ups, it is crucial to identify common triggers and to avoid coming in contact with them. Common triggers include pollen, cold air and air pollution. If you constantly require to use albuterol, which is a quick-relief inhaler, it is advisable that you consult your doctor as this indicates that this condition is not under control and requires immediate medical treatment.


Other Treatment Options for Asthma

Vitamins for Asthma

Vitamin C is known to be a water-soluble vitamin that possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. According to a research study published in 'Paediatric Allergy Immunology' in February 2010, it was observed that vitamin C helped in preventing the symptoms of wheezing in pre-school children who were suffering from asthma. Some foods that contain high amounts of vitamin C include strawberries, citrus fruits and potatoes. You can also consume this vitamin in the form of a supplement. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends a daily dosage of 90 mg for men and 75 mg for women. Vitamin D is also considered helpful in the treatment of asthma. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that can be derived from foods or exposure to the sun. According to a research study conducted by M. Sandhu and published in 'Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology', it has been observed that vitamin D may prove helpful in controlling the symptoms of asthma as it helps in decreasing pulmonary inflammation by inhibiting cytokines and boosting the secretion of interleukin. Foods that contain high amounts of vitamin D include fatty fish, dairy products as well as fortified cereals. Consult your physician before consuming high amounts of this vitamin as it can result in hypercalcemia. Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin that is also considered effective in the treatment of asthma. This vitamin is known to exhibit anti-inflammatory properties that help in preventing the body from damage caused by harmful free radicals. According to a research study published in the journal 'Thorax', increased consumption of vitamin E was linked with low number of cases of asthma. However, the research study did not indicate the effectiveness of this vitamin in terms of asthma treatment. According to a study published in 'American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine', vitamin E, when consumed along with vitamin C helped in preventing the damage to the airways by free radicals. Several foods contain high amounts of this vitamin and they include nuts, olives, fortified cereals and green leafy vegetables. Vitamin B12 is another vitamin that may prove effective in the treatment of asthma. The University of Maryland Medical Center indicates that vitamin B12 injections may prove effective in the treatment of chronic asthma. However, it is important that you use vitamin B12 injections only under the supervision of your physician.


Inhaled Corticosteroids

Inhaled corticosteroids are mostly composed of fluticasone, budesonide, mometasone, ciclesonide, flunisolide, beclomethasone as well as other ingredients. However, it is important to note that you may need to use these medications for at least 7 days before you can see improvements in the symptoms of this condition. They are known to be less effective in treating asthma compared to oral corticosteroids, however, they do not trigger any side-effects. They are considered safe for long-term usage.


Leukotriene modifiers

These oral medications are considered helpful in relieving the symptoms of asthma for 24 hours. Although rare, these medications may trigger aggression, agitation, depression and hallucinations. Consult your doctor before making use of this medication.



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hi there, by the way ive read somewhere that dragonfruit can prevent asthma as well!
#1 - mimi - 12/12/2007 - 07:16
Slice whole red onion, put in a jar or glass put 1-2tbsp of sugar and cover very tight after 1-2hrs will start releasing juice, give 1tbsp of juice 2-3times a day. I gave this to my son for about 2-3months daily and got rid of his asthma.God bless!
#2 - vanessa - 01/28/2008 - 06:54
I agree that regular exercise is an effective option for treating Asthma.

However the best home remedy is PREVENTION. You do not NEED treatment if you can simply prevent your attacks. So get off the processed foods, try to eat organic and RAW foods, the honey they mentioned is also an excellent remedy for not only asthma, but for hundreds of ailments... as mentioned before, Exercise regularly (improves lung capacity and efficacy) Avoid allergy triggers (yes you should wear a mask if working in a dusty environment. If you paint, open a window! , etc.).

One that wasn't mentioned here, COLD AIR. when I have a bad attack (which is rare these days), I open my refrigerator's freezer and breathe the cold air. It seems to soothe the inflamed airways and I breathe easier almost instantly.
#3 - Steve - 03/28/2008 - 12:30
Oddly enough alcohol will stop an asthma attack. Not just a beer, take 5 or 6 shots of liqour right in a row. thins the blood, reduces tissue swelling and opens your airways.
#4 - Danny - 04/07/2008 - 05:54
Stay out of dusty cellars and barns...it can start the problem of wheezing. Also taking extra garlic tabs and Vit. c has helped me keep the bronchitis out of my lungs...by extra, I mean more than 3-4x the normal use as stated on the bottle of the supplements. good luck...let's continue to share what works!!!! It can help you live a more normal life, for sure.
#5 - Alex - 04/30/2008 - 20:14
this is really good info, my little sister has asthma and we couldent get her "puffer", we did not want to take to emergency just yet so we tryed some of these and they work!:-)
#6 - .WorriedOne. - 05/03/2008 - 00:15
Chewing peppermint or spearmint gum and drinking coffee or black tea with peppermint or spearmint in it works.
Heat the water until it is steaming hot, then make the coffee or tea with the peppermint or spearmint (i like using pre-made herbal teas..the brand I use adds rose hips, lemon peel, and hibiscus flowers to the peppermint and spearmint). Put in a favorite mug and add honey.
Breath in the steam. The cup will be hot, so you'll need something to hold it with. Keep your back straight as you do this. After the steam is gone you drink it.
I think the caffeine in the coffee or tea acts a stimulant and helps open the airways (I don't have anything to back this up with, though). And the peppermint and spearmint has always helped me when I couldn't get to my inhaler.
Hope this helps
;-)
#7 - Meru - 05/27/2008 - 01:51
>-( steve up there is a lier cold air only constricts your lungs witch is why your having a hard time breathing to begin with
#8 - frankie - 05/31/2008 - 22:59
Steve isn't a liar....I was having an attack 2 minutes ago and I don't have my inhaler so I drank black coffee and stuck my head in the freezer and my airway opened up! THANKS FOR THE TIPS!
#9 - Kerri - 06/27/2008 - 00:25
Cold Air is often a trigger for astham as it cause vasoconstriction to air ways that are already narrowed due to triggers. As well with Milk it is not recomended either due to the cream and fat content which increases mucas. The reason for the hot liquids working is the cause a vasodialate which relaxes the spasms in the air ways :-o
#10 - Sarah - 07/29/2008 - 08:28
When desperate, I've found that Euchalyptus Oil helps me.
#11 - Krista - 08/29/2008 - 02:02
I always carry halls cough drops. when I feel an attack coming on I pop a halls and it stops the attack. Have not used my steroidal puffer in 8 years. I think it is the euchalyptus in the cough drop that does it. not sure but it sure works better than anything else.
#12 - stephen - 09/09/2008 - 17:27
To help with my asthma I breathe in the steam from the shower; if I am still having trouble breathing I prop myself up and suck on ice chips. I also use a nebulizer with just water and it turns into steam and I breathe that in through the mask as well. It's what works for me..... I found these self-serving remedies after a 15 day hospital stay in August 2008. It's working for now :-D
#13 - Carly - 09/19/2008 - 19:44
helppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!! myself and my 2 daughters constantly suffer asthma attacks,we are all on oral steroids yet again.can anyone help and relieve us of our on going misery please
#14 - tracey - 09/25/2008 - 13:45
look with asthma you can get the air in not out. if you have an attack drink coffee. #15
#15 - crystal - 10/12/2008 - 20:58
I find that people who say COLD AIR doesn't help often times do not even have asthma. I do and I know it works. Whatever is does close,restrict,open or slame shut, it makes your chest and breathing feel better.
#16 - Spencer - 10/12/2008 - 21:59
Cold air does work and that is what the dr will reccommend if you are having trouble due to colds or asthma, my son is a severe asmatic and he is 5, and the cold air will open up the air ways but you still have to see your doctor. it is definatly not a cure but it does help. :-D
#17 - Mrs. G - 10/21/2008 - 22:42
For the last few days, my chest has been progressively tightening, as I think it's an allergic reaction to things dying here in the Fall season. Long story short, I typically have 2-3 full-blown attacks a year, where my inhalers, coffee/tea, etc do not work, hence have to go to the hospital for the albuterol mist treatment. Well, I'm nearing that point again, but do not have $900 for that 10 minute treatment (that is what we're charged here at the hospitals for that treatment - gotta love it. :oops:

Anyways, I read some of your responses and sadly, stuck my head in the freezer. And yes, it did help some. But a few minutes back in regular air temp and my lungs are closing back up. Oddly enough, winter air and humidity close my lungs up - so those hot showers and the like only make it worse for me.

One thing that I have found to help, if you catch your tighening chest right away, is eating canned (or fresh) peaches. Go figure. I can't stand honey, as I used that as a cough suppressant for years as a kid before they knew I had bronchial asthma. Peppermint makes me sick to my stomach, even though it's a natural cure for upset tummys. Aren't I annoying LOL.

Ok, back to freezing my head off! :-)
#18 - Barbara - 11/01/2008 - 01:00
Looking for remedies that will help cure a asthma attack..when u don't have anything left in ur puffer i have gone twice now with nothing left and it been usually in the middle of the night and there no way to get another puffer anyone got any remedies to help me breath??
#19 - Christina - 11/08/2008 - 23:59
Had asthma since I was 2! now 18.

I have had to use a nebulizer or mist treatments my whole life. Inhalers simply idn't work. I went to a summer camp which was just for kids that had asthma. I learned so much there. THe remidies with milk are just wrong, if you had any time spent with e respitory thereapist they will tell you that is is bad, stay away from it as best you can. It makes your body produce more phlem and mucus.

honey is great - natural anitbodies in that.

excerise is tricky as it can be helpful and also a trigger.

caffinee remedies are for a short period only and need to be used sparingly.

Cold air is also a tricky one as it is a trigger and relief. Me Ifind the cold air better to breathe in and it actually helps constrinct the airways that are inflamed causing the attack.

And to Barbara: have you ever though of investing in a nebulizer machine? the medicine and nebulizer itself shouldn't cost that much total!

So the things I keep in keep with my asthma is
-I learned my triggers
-I keep my inhaler on me or in the area Im in. like the office at school, if I happen to leave one at home.
-learn to calm down when an attack apporaches. Keep calm, if you get all worked up then your body is working up too! So you calm down and try to breath deeply you might just find yourself slowing down.
-avoid all triggers, don't smoke, and be leary of dusty places!


Hope this was helpful
PS sorry for all the typos. I am typing in a hurry.
#20 - Brooke - 11/12/2008 - 22:20
i been drinking green tea and popping lemon cough drops and thats been really helping me,remember to always take deep breaths that what the nurse told me,breath in through your nose and slowly breath out your mouth.
#21 - Tiffany - 11/20/2008 - 11:06
My daughter is 2 and she is fine all year except October to March. When it gets cold outside she has trouble all winter breathing. We have a nebulizer with 2 different meds and liquid steroids she takes everyday and I still cant keep it under control. We dont take anything in the Spring or Summer. Any tips?????;-)
#22 - Jennifer - 11/22/2008 - 18:41
I have asthma, the sad thing is that Animals and outside triggers it. Can you help me out on it?


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Please message me asap, I want to be outside and take care of my nana's dog. :-(
#23 - Brittany - 11/25/2008 - 08:44
drink almost a gallon of water daily & that will help you.but you have to drink water everyday.
#24 - larry - 11/25/2008 - 12:33
The people who say cold air helps must be sick for posting this misinformation. I have asthma and my most frequent trigger is exposure to cold air. When I recognize it early I can often relieve my symptoms just by wrapping up and keeping warm. Cold air does not open the airways, it has the opposite effect. It's ridiculous to claim otherwise, any object or chemical structure gets compacted in cold temperatures. That's why ice is denser than water or steam. The last thing I would do during an asthma attack is to stick my head in a freezer. That's some sick prank. What has helped me most with my asthma is garlic cloves, exercise, and keeping warm. And if the air is too dry, I would recommend taking a hot shower or inhale some hot steam rather than otherwise. Once you warm up and relieve the symptoms you can deal with the cold better and let in some fresh air if it's winter. But definitely keep warm, do NOT stick your head in a freezer during attack.
#25 - Matt - 11/30/2008 - 00:51
to add: turning up the heater also relieves asthma symptoms for me greatly. And also magnesium supplements especially in the evening.
#26 - Matt - 11/30/2008 - 01:46
My athsma is triggered by overexertion. It seems people have different triggers. I smoke (I know, dumb, I want to quit), I have 4 cats, a dog, and have no problems with dust whatsoever. However lifting 200+ lbs. or running will set me off. Sometimes it will just happen randomly and only inhalers have helped me so far.

I've tried: Gargling salt water, steam-tenting, and hot liquids (I dont like coffee, I'll have to try that)
What works for me: Cold air, breathing over a plant (no idea what kind it was, just a regular plant AFAIK), medications.

Cold air will work for some. Internal body temperature will keep the lungs from constricting too much, and cold air is denser (why do you think they intercool turbocharged motors for more power?).
Steam tenting I can see working again only for some, in my case it stabilizes it at where it's at (doesnt get better, but also not worse).
I got the plant idea after learning plants take in CO2 and replace it with oxygen. It seemed to work, albeit slowly (several years ago), needs leaves though.
I'm trying to find something that can cure my athsma altogether as I never remember to take my daily inhaler., and need something I can integrate with lunch, or supper.
#27 - Calvin - 12/01/2008 - 23:33
About the cold air. It isn't quite mis information, any treatment either medical or non medical works differently with everyone, the heat and hotness helps me but sucking on ice can help me. as long as im not jogging or running in the cold air it doesn't hurt my lungs. lots of steam can help. my biggest help has always been a air humidifier. Also if you are in an are where it is Legal medical marijuana can help for some people too, of coarse don't be stupid and go out driving after wards. hope i helped at all.:-P
#28 - Christina - 12/05/2008 - 21:49
I have had very bad asthma since I was younger, the past few years I have noticed that my asthma gets the worst in the winter from about October or November to I can't remember when it gets better.I just got 2 new inhalers maybe a month ago and I've already used them both, or well I will finish off the last one today. I can't get into my dr. until tuesday so I'm kind of really nervous b/c I know I'm going to have more. I am going to try some of these to see if they work. I can't sleep through the night anymore and I can't take it. I hope something relieves me. Any more suggestions? and Thanks for the others.
#29 - Samantha - 12/07/2008 - 05:42
While I do not advocate total elimination of medicines. I was having a lot of trouble breathing. I was using my inhalers 7-8 times per day, in the middle of the night waking up, couldn't breath --having to take more puffs. I have had asthma all my life. I read a book about a month ago "Your not Sick your thirsty" By batman sombody, but anyway he claims that alot of what happens to us is due to dehydration. So I increased my water intake. This has alleviated alot of my problems. Our bodies produce histamine for alot of different reasons so you have to have anti-histamine to reduce the effects. I only use a longterm inhaler daily, and I have to say been doing great! Honestly I don't know if I even need the inhaler anymore, it may just be out of habit. Water intake should be in oz 1/2 your body weight per day. So if you weight 100lbs you would drink 50oz of water per day. This will help some other stuff too. But read the book, if you have any questions. I always siad if I found something that works I would post to let others know. I have tried some remedies, and alot of what this guy says makes since but some doesn't. You decide for yourself. You can probably get the book at the library, just so you know I am not trying to sell anything. Take care.

Fred
#30 - Fred - 12/22/2008 - 03:46
To all asthma sufferers.Try the Buteyko breathing.
For all those interested is a book :"Breathing free"by Teresa Hale which describe the causes of asthma and how the Buteyko method help.
Good luck
#31 - Sorin - 12/22/2008 - 18:25
I am 14 years old and have no idea how long I've had asthma. I have coffee going right now, but it is really hard for me to breathe. I can't get another inhaler until 12 pm tomorrow, and cannot wait that long for relief. Please, I am in desperate need of help!
#32 - Chelsea - 12/28/2008 - 02:05
Well i was diagnosed with athsma at age 6 and now am 21 and i have tryed these remidies.... Now i will tell you that not all them work for everybody but these ones work for me. i will list them from best to worst for "ME"
1. Coffee about two or three large cups strong...
2. if you know where to get it medicaly, marijuana. why cause it causes you to cough witch then pushes eccess moucus out of the lungs and the relaxing stoned effect of the THC causes imflamation of the lungs to decress. I love this one it acctually works suprisingly well even tho MANY will dissagree with me on this one.
3. even tho it sounds weird shallow breathing to ballance co2 and o2 levels in the lungs
3. honey about 3 tblsp in a mug of hot boiling water and breath in the vapor
#33 - jesse - 01/04/2009 - 01:59
To answer if cold dry air works for asthmatics, it does. My wife went to Poland one sumer and visited the ancient Wieliczka salt mines. In the one area of the mine is a place where many Polish people are taken to relieve there asthmatic condition. The reasoning is because it deep underground where dusty and bacterias are practically nonexistent. The air is very cool and dry. While I was touring through that area, I stopped there for up to half hour and believe me, it was the best I felt in a long time. Yoe see you have to descend into the mines by foot, not elevator and its more than 300 meters to the bottom. I was having an acute attcak and had to take a few puffs from my inhaler to keep me going. However, once I enter that part of the mine and into that special area, I was feeling complete relief. If only I could bottle that air, I pipe into the homes of every asthmatic worldwide. #35 - John 01/11/2009 - 02:36
#34 - John - 01/11/2009 - 13:29
I have tried almost all of these home remedies, but nothing seems to be working as quickly or effectively as it has in the past for me. One thing that has worked in the past is a tea that my sister-in-law told me to drink. You boil red onion with cinnamon sticks (preferrably Mexican cinnamon) and drink the tea. You can add honey if you'd like. About 1/2 of a small red onion and 2 or 3 cinnamon sticks in about 3-4 cups of water. Boil, steep, strain and drink it warm. She claims they cure people in Mexico with this tea. It has worked for me in the past, but I've only started back drinking it again, so maybe it takes a while. I sure hope so!
#35 - Rena - 01/11/2009 - 18:43
I've had asthma since the age of 2, and I have tried all of these home remedies over the years. Steam is a great help, and always seems to take the edge off of an acute attack when my inhaler is empty. Honey is great as well, but not for an acute attack. Honey is also helpful only if it is locally produced, because our bodies create antibodies for the pollens and allergens trapped inside the honey! Garlic helps as well, but only minimally, and you have to use alot of it (4-5 cloves!) The same goes with Ginger. Coffee is good during an acute attack, not only for the temperature but the caffiene helps as well. With no coffee around, a can of Coke helps a little, but not much. With neither, a hot tea or just a big glass of hot water will help alot. The only good aromatherapy treatment that helps me is pure peppermint oil, a small amount rubbed on the chest before bed can help clear the airways all night long. Marijuana helps alot during an acute attack, as it eases stress off the mind and body, which can be large triggers for many sufferers.

Cold air, can go either way. It does not help me at all, and in fact will make my attack much worse.

As for many of the other ingredients stated, like onion, grape seeds, sugar and turmeric (among others listed) have no real effect on me, no more than the hot water it is drank with.

Milk should be avoided like the plague! Milk builds up mucus in the lungs and bronchial tubes, making it even harder to breath!

In the case of alot of mucus built up in the lungs, it can sometimes be knocked loose by beating on the chest or upper back. Dont be afraid to get hit really hard in the back several times, it may hurt on the outside but within 10 seconds you will cough up a lot of mucus!

I hope some of this information is useful, i know writing this comment took my mind off my own attack and I can breathe alot better now!
#36 - Joe - 01/12/2009 - 06:46
I've had asthma longer than i can remember, its genetic for me. My grandmother and great grandmother had it. My great grand mother actually died from it, so I'm pre-genetically disposed for this kind of stuff! It's horrible and hard, and I've found through the years mine has gotten worse :-(
However i am a collegiate athlete, and have played soccer since i was 4. I know its hard but you have to keep exercising! Especially if you have exercised on set. Even if you don't if you can just get in a regular pattern everyday after a week or two of really pushing your self you see it really start to improve. It's not a quick fix, but for me its the only times i really feel i can breath all the way. The only down fall is that if you take a break for any extended length of time you might find yourself at square one again, and building your breathing back up to what it was can be difficult.
As far as other remedies, i stick with the nebulizer. It really is your best bet, and they arnt that expensive. If you are every working out and you do find your self in the middle of an attack, i find it best, to first CALM DOWN!!! panicking only makes things twice as bad it makes your body work double time! Slow your breathing put both hands on your head, and continue to walk, if you can. It will take some time but your breathing will regulate. However you MUST have a rescue inhaler around at ALL times! non of this will work other wise! keep the good info coming the honey is actually helped me a lot!
-sorry for the typos, in a hurry!-
#37 - Holly - 01/29/2009 - 22:31
I have a 5 year old son who is very allergic, (asthma) he doesn't wheese but coughs a lot, what i do when he gets the "attacs" is that I make a tea, eucaliptus leaves, one broken garlic clove, some fenogreek seeds, and maybe some chamomile, i give this to him through out the day for a couple of days, when ever I do this he does not need his inhaler. I hope this helps someone. :-D
#38 - Swietenia - 02/18/2009 - 16:42
My husband has allergy induced asthma when the trees bloom. He takes Activated Quercetin by the manufacturer, Source Naturals. It has Bromelain, a pineapple extract, which is a natural Anti-inflammatory, and Quercetin, which is made from plant pigment, also a natural antihistamine. It has Vitamin C and Magnesium, which help the other two work.

He takes between 3 to 4 capsules when he begins to feel constriction, and in about 15 to 20 minutes he is breathing easier, and feeling better, without the "stimulant" feel or sleepiness. He can go for about 6 to 8 hours feeling fine, even round the things that cause his asthma.

Quercetin also works well for joint pain, and sinus allergy symptoms. If taken preventively, it works great. When we visit my sister who has cats (and he is allergic to them too) he takes Activated Quercetin about 20 minutes before we arrive at her house, and he has no symptoms for most of the day. We have been using this product for over 5 years. It is on line, and at many health food stores.
#39 - Amber - 03/08/2009 - 13:40
coffee, tea or coco, they have what you call methyl xanthine, a form theophylline, however it will not work for smokers.
#40 - Dawud - 03/09/2009 - 00:29
AFTER READING ALL THIS; I REALIZE MY ASTHMA STARTED WHEN I STARTED EATING CEREAL WITH MILK IN AUGUST. MY ASTHMA HAS PROGRESS WEEKLY. TOMORROW WILL BE MY LAST DAY TO EAT CEREAL FOR 2 WEEKS TO SEE IF THIS HAS AN EFFECT ON MY ASTHMA.TONIGHT I AM TRYING THE GINGER,BLACK PEPPER, HONEY WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT. I WILL LET YOU KNOW IF THIS HELPS. TOMORROW. THANKS FOR ALL YOUR INPUT.
GOODNIGHT.
#41 - lin - 03/16/2009 - 02:30
I FIND THAT COLD AIR N DRINKING HONEY WITH HOT WATER HELP. OR EVEN A GLASS OF WARM MILK.
#42 - GABRIELLE & STAN KIM - 03/17/2009 - 04:16
I've had asthma ever since I was 2 or maybe even earlier, and now I'm 14. I've been taking inhalers almost my whole life, in one form or another, but right now I ran out of my long term inhaler and am having an asthma attack. I won't be receiving the new medication until maybe a month and right now I'm not doing so well with my asthma. I couldn't sleep at all for 2 nights so far (this is my second night right now) and for most of these home remedy ingredients I don't have and don't have the time to go buy them (or the money; my grandmother is quite busy also), and I'm desperately searching online on the internet for a quick asthma relief remedy that I can actually try out. So far the only remedy I saw that I could try was the hot steam, but unfortunately for me it just stabilizes my asthma, not making it better or worse. Cold air triggers my asthma, so I wouldn't stick my head in the freezer during my asthma attack right now. Any form of caffeine, hot cocoa, and chocolate is nowhere in sight, and we don't have any kinds of tea or even cough drops. Milk.. Well, I can drink milk just fine and nothing happens. Don't have any forms of ginger, cloves, honey, or even peppermint or spearmint bubblegum. (from post #7 above) Pretty much don't have any ingredients and can only try the steam and the stick-your-head-in-the-freezer but those already don't work. Now this is a hard one huh? I just wonder if there's anyone who might be actually able to help me.. I have to walk to school in the morning, which is when there is very cold air over here, (cannot stay home at all because my grandmother simply does not trust me and is forcing me to go to school no matter what), and frankly I don't think I'll be able to make it without maybe collapsing half-way there. We DEFINITELY don't have the money to go to the hospital in case that does happen, so I'm still trying my best to find some remedy I can try while also trying my best to breathe right now. So tired.. May someone please help me? :oops:
#43 - Lucy - 03/27/2009 - 04:16
Lucy...you must have some salt around...boil a cup of water and dissolve a teaspoon or so in it. Gargle as well as you can. If you have a clean spray bottle, put some in it and spray in your nose. The salt shrinks swollen membranes. I haven't tried swallowing any but maybe swallow a little to see if that helps too. Let us know how you are doing and try not to worry. You are going to be ok....I will be praying for you :)
#44 - kar - 03/27/2009 - 19:06
Well, technically I haven't tried any of your remedies, YET. but I have tried the cold air, the freezer, It worked..But a couple seconds into regular air tempature, it went back. My ashtma attacks are vicious. I carry my inhaler EVERYWHERE with me. It's really sad. But I found out, making yourself sneeze helps. One night in 2007, I was having a really bad asthma attack, and I didn't yet have an albuterol inhaler, so. I took my Quvar, which is supposed to prevent attacks. I missed my mouth, the mist caused me to sneeze, and about a couple sneezes later., I was able to breath regularly. But I advice, if you have REALLY bad asthma PLEASE do not wait until you medication for your asthma control runs out. When you feel it's getting empty, CALL and refill. So you do not have to worry about being helpess. :-D. Or do something that'll keep your mind off of it. Like I now have a strong habit on chewing the tip of my blanket, the tip that is closiest to my face. And it'll help you fall asleep. I'm NOT saying this will help ALL of you. But I'm just saying, give it a try. It MIGHT help. =]
#45 - Connie. - 03/30/2009 - 10:43
For my wife cold air seams to trigger an attack. Chewing peppermint candy when an attack starts has been the best remedy we have ever found. It works way faster than the inhaler. It's hard to suck in medicine from an inhaler when you can barely breathe in the first place.
#46 - Donald - 04/04/2009 - 09:37
My Mom had asthma years ago and I found this stuff by a company called Bioforce, called Asmathan. It cured her asthma! Now my daughter has it and I can't find the stuff all they carry is stuff for Allergies.
#47 - Susan - 04/06/2009 - 13:55
Hi Everyone -

I'm surprised that there has been minimal mention of the Buteyko method of breathing. This breathing method is taught by Buteyko practitioners and most people are able to dramatically reduce their asthma medications.

I stongly recommend that you look into it - google will help - and go to a workshop. I went to one here in Australia for my snoring it works for that too), and we had asthmatics there who were so thrilled with the results!
#48 - Sandy - 04/09/2009 - 22:15
Milk and honey? :-[]

Milk causes more mucus so that sounds like a bad idea. And honey is a definite trigger for asthma for me.

When I was in high school, I rode my bike to school and would get cold/exercise induced asthma. My fix was after I parked my bike, I would take a couple gulps of cold water out of the drinking fountain. It seems counter-intuitive, I know, but the cold air causes inflamation (heat) which the cold water would then soothe.

I don't have any asthma medicine because I only get it when I eat honey, run around in cold air, when I don't take medicine for hayfever and let that get way out of hand, at the beginning of the chest phase of colds (sometimes), or after laughing really hard. And I don't think I've had an asthma attack since I was a kid. For the most part I don't consider myself an asthmatic.

I can avoid all of these triggers and I rarely get colds and even then it usually becomes bronchitis for the last week of it without incident, and as for the laughing, well few things are ever THAT funny and it goes away quickly. So, my prescriptions usually expire long before I finish them, so I just don't keep them around anymore.

When I DO screw up and get the cinder block on my chest, an anti-inflamatory works pretty well, albeit slowly. Although I've heard that asprin and ibuproferin (advil, e.g.) can make it much, much worse for some, so I try acetominifen (tylenol, e.g.). This works especially when your chest is achey, like when consuming a trigger. Less so for the viral-induced, and the others go away on their own quick enough for me to not feel I have to take anything.
#49 - Sarah - 04/11/2009 - 04:04
My Aunt had Asthma for more then 20 years, shw had tried all types treatment but of no help.
Now she is doing Pranayam and Sujog therapy . Her attack had completely stopped.Request all of you to please try this option.

My 3 year old son also gets Asthma attack, But he cant do pranayam and Sojog therapy. Please help let me know that to do .
#50 - sweta - 04/14/2009 - 13:20
Ok seriously #4... alcohol is a BAD idea! Alcohol makes my asthma worse and half the time triggers an attack. PLUS... 5 or 6 shots in a row?!? Are you serious?!? All that is going to do is make you a REALLY drunk person with an even worse asthma attack. BAD IDEA!

I can't count the number of times I've been out with my friends, had a few sips of alcohol and bolted for my inhaler.

So far coffee is the only thing that helps me when I don't have my medicine.
#51 - Erica - 04/15/2009 - 22:48
sometimes tea helps me and if i cant afford my inhaler, i'll drink a beer. Only prob with that for me is i gotta ussually stretch out a few beers all through the day, in the winter time i exceed dosage on my albuterol inhaler, but its all i can do.
#52 - Brian - 04/23/2009 - 13:42
Now this may sound crazy but i have the worst case of asthma ive been incubaited, and have been suffering for years.One night i had one of thy most worst asthma attack ive ever had...and what I did was i Drank a Cola.or coke Really fast til i developed a need to Burp...the sodium from the cola help me Burp And It opened my air ways..I then fell asleep..
#53 - Jae - 04/27/2009 - 06:20
Ice is less dense than water... seriously... it floats in water.
#54 - d3d - 05/05/2009 - 00:08
i have asthma and i must say one thing that has worked for me is when i dont have an inhaler with me i drink a coke and i immediatly start getting rid of all the mucus and feel better within minutes
#55 - ROBIN - 05/08/2009 - 17:36
My 18 month old was just diagnosed with severe asthma. This after a two trips to the hospital with pneumonia in less than 12 months. I think milk makes him worse, and if I am not mistaken honey should not be given til he is 2. The dr prescribed a ton of meds to take every day, an d it worries me. One of the inhaled meds has increase in respirtary viruses as a side effect. This after both cases of pneumonia were started with an everday respritory virus. Most of these things suggested don't sound like they would work for a toddler so I am trying to find some solutions.
#56 - Amy - 05/14/2009 - 17:38
I mix one part Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs raw, unprocessed kind from the health food store. The kind that has what is called, the "mother" in it. Not the kind at the grocers because that has or is processed with pine tar. You don't want that kind)

One part raw unprocessed local honey and as many cloves fresh garlic as you think you may want. Usually about 10 - 12 is enough. Chop up the garlic as fine as you can. If you have a blender or food processor use that to mix it all up well. If not then chop the garlic as fine as you can.

Mix it all together in a glass jar keep it refrigerated. Take a spoonful twice a day as a preventative or take one spoonful when an attack comes on.

And be sure to drink a glass of water with it. You can put a couple spoons of this in a glass of water or you can take the remedy straight and chase it with the water.

*tip* you can put it on a salad and eat it that way. Drink water with it
#57 - Carol - 05/19/2009 - 09:29
I always get an attack after cutting grass! Does anyone else have this too? I want some relief and was told cola helps because of the caffeine but it does not help me. I wheeze and cough alot during the evening. What can I do to help breathe better. Inhaler? Doctor? Help please.
#58 - Michael - 06/01/2009 - 21:11
Yes, I've also heard of the Buteyko method of breathing which apparently dramatically lessens asthma symptoms. They teach classes for it and must be more info online. A little more work to it I'm sure but please give it a try. Sounds amazing!!
#59 - Connie - 06/19/2009 - 00:24
I know there a many factors that can aggravate chronic asthma. My biggest triggers are stress, fatigue and cigarette smoke!! No ... I DO NOT SMOKE, I am talking about other people\'s second hand smoke. I swear to God I need a gas mask just to get past these individuals when I get to work!!! In any event, I find that getting adequate sleep helps tremendoulsy and exercise is the BEST, it really does help expand your lung capacity!! However, on those hot, humid, muggy days of summer, I need to stay in air conditioning and there is no way around it! Good luck to all and Godspeed!! B-)
#60 - Marcia - 06/26/2009 - 14:00
I've had asthma most of my life all year round day in and day out which was very well controlled due to me using my albuterol mist machine daily. When I turned 11 my Aunty in Cambodia sent my Mother this black liquid for me to take twice a day everyday. My Aunty made it. I don't know what plant it is derived from, but it is very bitter. I am now 21 and my asthma is only triggered when I catch the flu. So October - January are the months I'm prone to geting asthma so I have to make sure I never forget my flu shot ever again. Dragonfruit helps too my Mother always incorporated that with my daily diet. It helps strengthen the lungs. Very sweet too. It's expensive here though it's 7 bucks a pop!!
#61 - Nala - 07/02/2009 - 02:20
I recently was diagnosed with asthma and have been struggling with how to deal with it. I dont have any of the common symptoms such as shortness of breath or weezing, but rather a chronic and annoying cough. Its dry and sounds similar to a sneeze. Ive been using my inhaler as directed but to no relief. Any suggestions?
#62 - Kelsie - 07/27/2009 - 00:02
I am going to try the honey. Several people have mentioned peppermint and cough drops and I have found both of those helpful. I used to crush peppermint leaves in water when I was a kid and I would go to my great aunt's house. She had cats and I am allergic to cats. Thus, my asthma would be triggered. As far as cold air, I believe that different things work for different people. I have most definitely found that humid, cold, winter outside air constricts my airways. But air from your freezer is very dry and it is easy to believe it could have a different effect. Many people have mentioned using steam from a hot shower. For me, steam makes it more difficult to breathe. I once went into a sauna and could not breathe at all. I think it is important to find out what works for you. My asthma tends to come and go for periods of time, usually related to stress, and during these periods it can be set off very easily. For a couple of months, I could not walk 3 minutes to work without completely stopping breathing and then vomiting.
Of course, any type of run will automatically set it off no matter what.
#63 - Lizme - 07/29/2009 - 21:50
i have had asthma since the age of 1 years old. i'm turning 18 in less than a month. i'm actually on SSI for my chronic asthma, i can't go an hour with needing to relieve my symptoms, even whilst on 500/50 advair, or singular, or albuterol or even, as i have been given an abundance of this: prednisone. which all have caused further complications to my well being. i'm trying my hardest to stick to the natural way, as also inhalers do not work for even short relief. my triggers: everything. i should be living in a bubble. i was just in the hospital all last year being rushed to the ER either every few days or every week. it was ridiculous. pets, dust, certain foods. all of my environmental and food allergies set it off, steam, from a hot shower sets it off. i almost passed out recently just trying to shower because it set off an attack. but steam from a hot cup of tea, like peppermint tea helps. cold air, it's rare if it helps my asthma or when i have an attack. we just had an AC installed and it is kicking my ass. I'm actually taking my nebulizer treatment right now. But it's so hot, and oh yea, the heat is another one of my triggers. if its too hot, it'll set me off. so i'm really stuck here with trying to stay cool, and trying to stay warm. i don't smoke, i eat all organic and raw foods, and still. i try to exercise when i can but sometimes it will get so bad i have to stop and i can't maintain a schedule. and my meds, go figure, are causing weight gain so that isn't helping any either. milk - cause more mucus and phlem, that is the worse thing to drink for an asthmatic. coffee as said, is for occassional purposes, not everytime, it can make you more anxious and sometimes worsen an attack, in my case it has. some of these methods mentioned above i haven't heard of, but i have tried others. so now i have new things to try! thanks a bunch. if anyone has any other remedies, please, PLEASE email me with them, i'm always open to suggestions.

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#64 - missy - 07/30/2009 - 02:25
Has anyone heard of using the salt inhaler?
#65 - Mechelle - 08/26/2009 - 13:22
The people who keep arguing that cold air does/doesn't help - you all need to realize that asthma has many different triggers. What is going to work for some will not work for others and may in fact cause the attack in the first place. Relax, find what works for you.
My 2 yr old was diagnosed with asthma almost a year ago. We have been trying some of the suggestions here and found the warm bath with epsom salts and ginger tea with crushed garlic and honey worked very well. Black coffee is a stimulant that works for some people, but not suggested for people with reactions to coffee (obviously). This is a nice site that offers many different suggestions. Thanks.
#66 - mom - 08/26/2009 - 17:33
Please don't think I'm being rude or trying to discount what others may THINK helps them or anyone else. The following is simply FACT!

#1 PLEASE for the sake of life or death, seriously! literally! ALL posters!
DO NOT recommend ANYONE with asthma drink Milk or ANY DAIRY, EVER!
It is a 100% without a doubt FACT no one with asthma should ever drink dairy products or eat dairy products. Dairy causes musuc build up and frankly isn't good for anyone, asthma or no asthma. But, for those suffering from asthma, ESPECIALLY during hard times with it, you should, and I will say it again, you should Never drink milk or any potion, recipe, ect that calls for milk, cold, warm, hot, whatever, DO NOT USE IT PERIOD!
#2 Simple fact is cold is NOT good for asthma. Cold air, cold drinks, cold anything, is NOT good for asthma. I know some may say, well they tried it and it works for them. I'm sorry but what ever else you were doing or whatever else you took is what may have helped you. The COLD DID NOT! Drinking very cold water or any drink isn't good for anyone let alone an asthma sufferer. Very cold causes a sort of shock to the body and lungs, airways ect. It is always best to drink room temp or best to drink warm drinks especially with asthma.
These are no opinions or things that I've tried or not tried they are facts. As I said those who believe the opposite are not crazy or anything, they are just not correct in thinking those thing did in fact help them. It was a coincidence or whatever, it was simply not the Milk or the cold drink, air, or stickin their head in the freezer that helped them.
#2a: They say the best place to live if you suffer from asthma is a dry hot place such as Arizona. Why? Because its dry & hot :)
Unfortunately the worse place to be is a place that's cold and humid.
#2b: years & years of study of this have all concluded that the fact is no matter what one may think, and I do believe in the placebo effect, someone may tell you something works and you try it and it seems to work, but it really isn't good for the longterm. Things like drinking a potion with milk or just milk alone or going in the cold is a potential deadly thing to do all the time. It may have worked for one once but sometime or another it could be what does you in.
I don't know if anyone knows what Croup is, but its a condition that causes respitory problems usually in babies to about 6 years old, sometimes even adults. In the case of a Croup sufferer, Cold is actually the BEST thing for it. It can actually cure it for the short term. You could be on your way to the hospital and just going out in the cold air on your way could have you arrive and not need to even be seen by the time you get there. As, the cold air took are of the problem. That is simply fact! Cold air stops Croup. Warm air can help asthma, and the opposite goes for each condition. If you are misimformed and put a person with Croup in a warm/hot steamy bathroom it could and has actually killed them. The hot closes off the airways totally and the victim can not breath at all. The best thing to do with Croup is to take the person outside hopefully where it is cool outside, as Croup is usually much worse and becomes much worse at night, and have them breath the cold night air and it stops the croup attack. The opposite is true of Asthma, you should NOT take an asthmatic out in the cold of night, you should do the opposite and make sure they are warm & breathing warm air.
They sell warm air and cold air humidifiers, you would never use a warm air humidifier on a Croup sufferer, and you would never use a cold air humidifier on an asthmatic sufferer.
If you ask ANY pulmonary MD. They will tell you just that. Believe me if you are misinformed and take a Croup sufferer into a warm aired bathroom with the hot water steamed into the room and stay in there with a croup sufferer you can and would almost certainly kill them or come close to it.
3. I do believe there are many potions and old remedies that can help asthma, too many to write. Vitamin C is a good idea for everyone, especially asthma suffers, it should be taken all the time, not just when you are having trouble. It is an immune system booster and helps a host of things, but you need to take it all the time. Taking some vitamin C while having real trouble with asthma isn't going to help you that quickly. So it needs to be a life style thing.
And good old honey and lemon in hot water, cooled enough to drink is always good, surely can't hurt you. Its also been long known that caffeine durning trouble with asthma can help as it speeds up the blood flow and in turn opens up the airways. That's just something that makes sense. It does work, but if you are having an attack of course you don't want to fool around. I believe the inhalers are over used and in time not only don't work as well anymore, but are really bad for your heart in the long term. For those who have chronic asthma it should be at least something to look into with a GOOD specialist to try Singular. I've know many who had been on inhalers for years and they went on singular, (one pill a day) and they no longer ever needed their inhalers. That and serious life style changes.
1. Stay away from known triggers.
You may know some of them and you may need to learn some of them. Allergic things will cause your asthma to be worse and simple taking those things out of your life can make a huge difference. Obviously if dust, mold causes you problems, stay away from it. Have air cleaners all over your home makes a huge difference, wear a mask when you can't avoid dust. Use cotton bedding only and change your bedding often, use non allergic soaps and never be around or use perfumed anything if its a trigger. Some simple things can change your life, you just have to be willing to learn the triggers and when ever possible remove them from your life.
If you can do this you could see a day you can throw away your inhaler and best of all, breath!

Sorry if I offended anyone with anything I wrote, but I really am just trying to help. Asthma is no fun and if you could stop the causes of it rather thanm find ways to treat the symptoms, you would be so much better off.
Of course in the mean time you want to have things and options of things that can help your symptoms, but the best thing to do is find the cause and get rid of it if you can. Obviously if you're allergic to say a pine tree and you have to go outside and be around pine trees what can you do? Well, you can have air cleaners in your home so they clean the inside air so you don't have that trigger bother you at least while you're inside your own home. And that goes for dust. The air cleaners take most of the the dust away and if you've never had them before you will be amazed that you may sleep better just from something that simple.
Stop drinking milk, or whatever else you may be allergic to, find out, get tested. Removing things from your diet can change your life. You may be allergic to something your eating and its causing your asthma. Simply removing it from your diet can be life changing. There is another fact, people actually crave things they are allergic to. Strange but true.

Ok I have so much more I could write but I think I'll stop now. My advice is learn about asthma and allergies. Don't wait for a doctor to just pass out medications for life that are harmful to your body in the long term or hope all the home remedies may help you. You are always going to be treating the symptoms rather than curing yourself. Wouldn't it be so much better to say you have asthma but you have not had any problems with it anymore? Because you found the triggers and removed them from your life. What if the one food you ate the most was the whole problem? Or the dog or the dust or the fabric or fragrance you have in your life all the time is what's causing all your problems. And removing that stops all your flare ups. Wouldn't that be just life changing? I sure know it would. I had 4 family members who suffered for a long time, until I researched the heck out of the condition and made the changes and all 4 no longer use any medication or have had an asthma attack in many many years. There is the occasional time when one may get a cold and that triggers a flare up of asthma but nothing on a daily basis. 1st the switch to singular and no more inhalers then the changes to diet, and the home, and no more medications period.

Its not fun, and can take some work, but simple things like changing your bedding, buying air cleaners, removing fregrances, using cotton clothing and bedding, stop eating allergic foods and gicing up dairy especially milk along with a few other things is sure worth not having to worry about asthma anymore.
Hope more will take the time to make the changes, get the education they need and change their life forever.
#67 - Sammie - 09/02/2009 - 20:50
Cold air is all I can breath. 72+ Warm air starts my trouble and 77+ hot air shuts me right down.

I can not take warm or hot baths and showers, 1 breath of steam just locks me tight as a drum and I'll loose consciousness, to waken in the E.R. After a dozen times I try not do this anymore.

Warm and Hot air or water is a 911 emergency ambulance to the E. R. everytime.

So you see, Asthma can effect some people totally different from your own experience and that does not make anyone wrong, just different.
#68 - Steve - 09/13/2009 - 23:04
I'm happy:-) but but sad:-( when i enter in freezer my asthma gone jokeB-)
#69 - uknown - 09/14/2009 - 06:23
I have had asthma all me life and have been able to avoid using an emergency inhaler for most of my attacks. I am now in my 30s and end up having to renew my perscriptions because the medication expires not because I run out. I have always stopped what I was doing, Sat down with my head between my knees and concentrated on breathing as much as possible during an attack. Any hot drink usually provides some sort of releif as does cold air, steam and honey in different situations. If I have an attack, for instance, caused by breathing cold air, I need hot air to make it better. The most important thing to remember is that you have to breathe and concentrate on ways to do it.
#70 - unknown - 09/15/2009 - 20:48
:-D Many thanks to all these remedies some of them do work lovely for a while, I've been suffering with asthma for about 10 years now, I'm 21.. I found that the freezer really works, cold air outside does not coffee doesn't work for me either, what I find helpfull sometimes when I don't have my Inhaler handy is heavy breathing but on a normal pace not fast nor slow just like when one wants to meditate the 4x 2x 4x 2 technique, once again thanx to all for submitting help or contributions it surely helped me in a lot of uncomfortable situations.
#71 - Wayne - 09/23/2009 - 15:53
>-( Look people. What works for one person may not for another. Heat doesn't work for me, but cold does. Sticking my head in the freezer sounds like a great idea. Don't call me a liar or say I'm a fraud. If it doesn't work for you, don't do it! Simple! :-[]
#72 - Truly Annoyed - 09/26/2009 - 21:15
Maybe the people that do well with cold air are actually suffering from CROUP as @#69 samie suggested. I think you folks should look into that. You might as well have been treating the wrong form of disease.
#73 - Can't Sleep - 09/27/2009 - 05:09
I think I found a cure for nightly attacks of asthma, DO NOT GO TO SLEEP! It is past three in the morning, and I feel fine being awake. Seriously, I need help. I am going to try the coffee remedy. I wish I could go see a doctor but I do not have a job and no health insurance right now.
#74 - Can't Sleep - 09/27/2009 - 05:14
I agree with frankie about what was left by Steve. Cold air is one of my triggers. I hate to go outside in the winter here in Colorado just for that one reason.
#75 - John - 09/28/2009 - 16:16
to the people having this whole controversy about Cold air vs. hot air should know everyone's different. everyone has different triggers and treatments. don't tell someone they're dead wrong if it helps them and not you. obviously if cold is a trigger don't stick your head in a freezer! as for me it helps because cold isn't a trigger.
#76 - Dani - 10/02/2009 - 10:56
No one mentions steaming much. But inhaling steam several times a day and coughing out does help a lot and seems to be ignored by most everyone or not heard of.

I had an inhaler prescribed last yr and never used it until now that I got a viral infection and now using the inhaler several times a day hoping for it, the virus to leave. I was a dairy milk freak but not anymore - I expect to lose a lot of weight and I my appetiite is pretty much gone for now.

Does anyone else also suffer from swallowing issues with food - this had been hammering me the last several yrs as well as anxiety attacks.

Or am I just all screwed up and asthma is my last stand?

Cheers! :)

Cheers!
#77 - Colorado person - 10/04/2009 - 19:21
Cruched garlic with pickle juice, helps me when I have an attack. Once a week, to prevent an attack.
#78 - Mrs. Sun - 10/08/2009 - 02:02
I grew up in the East with hay fever then moved to California and my hay fever disappeared. Now I live in Nevada and my allergies have returned in late Sept-Oct due to sage brush and rabbit brush. Unfortunately my allergies now come with a dose of asthma too.
I now know what that is like. it is scary and I don't like it at all. Just today my haircutter put half a dropper of Stinging Nettle under my tongue and my breathing improved within minutes. I am going to buy some asap. It is a natural remedy and she says everyone who has ever tried it is completely satisfied with its effectiveness. You should be sure that it is non alcohol. How come no one else has mentioned this remedy at this site? I will report back my results soon. Anyone care to join me in this experiment?
#79 - snowshoe17 - 10/16/2009 - 03:29
honey is doubtlessly the most easier and quicker way to get rid of asthma attack instantly...
#80 - aliza - 10/18/2009 - 04:26
my son is 3 and he gets worse during the months of oct thru may, going to the hostital constantly,they gave him a medication called ALBUTEROL SULFATE and is used thru a machine that vaporises the liquid, and basicly he has to inhale it. but ive been seen that when he finishes taking it he acts different. like he starts shaking a little bit, he gets really hyper,paranoid and sometimes he just acts really weard. i read about the side effets and didn't like them a bit, but that's the only right now that has helped him with his asthma.i want to stop it cuz if it's side effects so i'm going to try some of the remedies i have read so far..i hope they work on my kid
#81 - ivan - 10/22/2009 - 04:35
I had the worst attack I've ever had the other night - in the middle of the night. My asthma is from allergies, sometimes over the counter allergy treatments work and then sometimes they don't. Still can't figure out what allergen triggered it. Can herbals trigger an attack.
#82 - Prue - 11/07/2009 - 18:23
I have asthma. I have allergies. I recognize that the disease manifests it differently in different individuals. I am attempting to incorporate plant based formulas into a solution. Of course, there are inherent dangers of using plant based formulas, especially when you know you have allergies...but lets face it, we do not all have equal access to modern medicine, and some of us are quite skeptical about the dangers of long term use. Modern pharmaceuticals are not without consequences!
Here is a list of some plants that have antiasthmatic properties, perhaps there are some in your area that may help. http://www.pfaf.org/database/search_use.php?K[]=Antiasthmatic
From a preventative standpoint, I try to minimize exposure to enviromental toxins and triggers. Reduce exposure to dustmites by: removing carpet, covering bedding with fabric min 4.91 ppm porosity (300 plus thread count sheets), pillows in dryer 30 minutes one time/ week. or just throw out! To help avoid toxins: Can your own food, farmer's market, Pick your own. Learn edible weeds, such as dandelion, and incorporate into diet. Detoxification is very important.
Using natural fibers, when possible. Test the samples first. Avoid artificial dyes in food and clothing. Give up cosmetics. Make your own personal care products and cleaning supplies. Allergies are complicated and individualized, but one common theme is the fact that we are all exposed to so many environmental toxins, our immune systems are taxed. If we can help support our immune system, through diet, detox and minimized exposure to environmental triggers and pollutants. We may enable our bodies to regain control of this "emergency response system."
This is the challenge I face every day. As I eliminate one suspect, another takes the stage. I have minimized dustmites, but I am still challenged by molds. I am trying to find a safe plant-based formula to rid my home of molds. I cannot afford to move elsewhere. I do not wish to employ more toxic chemicals in the sollution. My allergies flare during winter months, because the house is closed up and indoor triggers such as dust mites and molds wreak havoc!
#83 - Patty - 11/08/2009 - 06:25
My 7 year old son was diagnosed 2 years ago,he nearly died in march because of the negligence of our health service,since then i have learnt about causes and triggers but not much on remedies,till today. he is actually coughing now in bed as im sat here,i really feel bad for him,its scary for me but must be a hell of a lot worse for him. his inhalors dont seem to work that much especially in this cold weather,can anyone suggest anything,im sick of him being fobbed off by the doctors.
#84 - clare - 11/12/2009 - 17:42
One recommendation that everybody so far have seemed to have missed out? Water. This came to my attention last week. I stay at my girlfriends a lot which seems to trigger my asthma and it carries over to other for a week or so when I go back to mine, slowly returning back to normal. It only comes at night though... Mostly... Which is when I noticed this. Last week at mine she brought a large bottle of water up and drinking this water sporadically throughout the evening and whenever I woke up during the night really helped. A surprisingly large amount. It just helped me 5 minutes ago also.
Of course, if youre having an attack I wouldnt suggest going to the shop and buying a bottle of evian, take the required action, but if like me you just suffer from heavy wheezing/tight chest then water really helps calm it, perhaps minor dehydration is playing a role for me here. That and other things e.g. until my girlfriends cats go to kitty heaven and the guinea pig goes to a laboratory heaven, im going to be suffering with it when i stay at hers.
Though I was never allergic to my dog?

As for this ongoing argument? I find that fresh air, full stop helps, but 'fresher'/colder air works the best. For some added info to the discussion, some years ago I was in Germany at a festival during the summer and the week before there had been heavy rain, so to soak up the damp grass they laid down lots, and lots, and lots of dry hay, only the next day the scorching sun beamed from the cloudless sky for the next week, creating a dry, dusty, boiling hot atmosphere in which for the first time in 10 years I had an asthma attack. I was very lucky as I found a friend-of-a-friend who could see I was unwell just from the look on my face and became my angel when he brandished an inhaler some moments later.
The fact is these conditions brought back the asthma that I had gleefully been without for the past 10 years. I though I was free of it forever :-(
So, my advice would be this, extreme conditions re-ruined my life. I strongly recommend you take note of all the methods lifted above and find one that works for you so that next time you want some natural asthma relief you dont have to resort to a temperature & humidity based 'treatment' because this could only makes things seriously worse. Besides, its cold and wet outside, the freezer stinks of minced meat, and hovering over steaming bowl of hot water will only give me an afro. Please, no freezers, no ovens, no swedish saunas.
#85 - Voda - 11/30/2009 - 00:40
GSE ie Grape Fruit Seed Extract cures ASTHMA and other lung related diseases.
#86 - Rehana - 12/15/2009 - 02:25
Everyone needs to try OregaResp (formerly Oregacyn), a natural product that will virtually eliminate asthma...Ask someone at your local health food store...The testimonials on this stuff is unbelievable!! Some ppl had been on 9 or more asthma medications for years and they've virtually eliminated all of their meds by taking this one product!!
#87 - Angela - 12/17/2009 - 21:17
Hey Guys why are you fighting over the cold air subject with asthma treatment.

Let me be very honest and clear at this point, which explains why COLD AIR works for some and worsens others condition. Well As everyone knows asthma has to do with swelling of bronchi and inflammation which makes it difficult breathing.

1. The way to easy breathing is the relaxation of the bronchioles, which can be achieved in number of ways. BUT BUT if ur trigger is infact COLD Air how come a trigger can treat you, these are the guys complaining about COLD AIR Negative effect.

2. If your trigger is not cold air and anything else then cold air would help. Yeah whyy?? EXPLANATION :

Cold air would and exposing to cold would boost your blood pressure above normal (in order to maintain the temperature of body and organs). Increased blood pressure releases a material called Corticosteroid in the body whose main function is to suppress your Immune system. So Immune system suppression helps to reduce the inflammation which is in direct relation with hypersensitivity to external trigger. This corticosteroid is the same material that doctor would suggest you to treat ur inflammation in the lungs but in this case it is produced naturally. They make ur system less responsive to stimuli and thus ur life is easy. Cold air would produce the same steroid naturally which suppress immune and is dangerous at the same time as you may catch cold , flu thats y it is not recommended until really necessary.
CONCLUSION _: if ur trigger is not cold air , it would surely help u get rid of ur inflammation and help u breath easily.

If you guys understood its fine, if not u can still ask me a question.

Regards,
Dr. Faraz
#88 - Dr. Faraz - 12/21/2009 - 10:09
A quick fix for an asthma attack that works for me is :

black coffee with a teaspoon of honey and then put eaculyptus oil on the chest or under the nose (i like to also put a drop in a jar of boiling water and breath it in).
This works for me but sadly it doesn't always last long.
hope you guys find this helpfull!
#89 - Ferny - 01/20/2010 - 05:48
My son is 2 years old and has asthma. i've been giving him his inhalers and they dont work! last time i took him to the hospital we spent the night, and i ended up with a $1500 bill plus x-ray fees of $600+! yep, [@]! anyway, ii hate that his doc wouldnt see him until today at 2:30! wtf. My son can't do many of those things listed. i've already given him treatments and i'm trying to keep him calm. And i havent given him any milk because he just wouldnt take it thank goodness i read that its bad for asthmatics! Usually he doesnt have a problem with milk but he has rejected it because he isn't feeling well. Is there anything 2 year old friendly that may help?? :-(
#90 - Krystal - 02/04/2010 - 10:21
My uncles both had asthma for quite some time. $600 a month worth of meds for each of them. Inhalers, nebulizers, various steroids, antibiotics nothing worked. Then they went to a Chiropractor in our area and with significant changes in diet and being adjusted regularly they both are off all the meds and no longer have attacks of asthma or the chronic bronchitis that always followed their attacks. This guy is in PA and he gets absolutely amazing results taking care of kids and adults.
#91 - Paul - 02/04/2010 - 20:10
I have found some things that have worked for me....Taking an allergy medicine like allegra daily, rubbing camphor oil on my back, chest and kidneys nightly; and writing down all my frustrations to help get them off my chest.
also taking natural antiinflamtories like Boswellia helps. Magnesuim relaxes the bronchials. Some inhalers deplete your Magnesium which can make you more dependant upon them!
My dr. told me a sluggish bowel can back up toxins into the lungs, drink lots of water to keep things moving! Dr. also told me to use pink salt in my food (or air dried sea salt) it helps put hydrocloride acid in your digestion which will help you to detox better.
Dr. also told me that I need 5 hrs of straight sleep a night to recharge the adrenal glands which help strenghen the lungs. even if I awake after 4 1/2 hrs, I just won't lift up my head until the 5 hrs. are complete.
now instead of using 4 or 5 puffs of my inhaler a day, now I use one puff only when I go do easy aerobics 3x a week . Definiately try the camphor oil it WILL do the trick I've been using it for a week now and I have gotten my life back! I even forgot I am an Asthmatic!
#92 - Miki - 02/08/2010 - 00:36
I have really bad asthma, and I can't afford my medication, so there are times when I don't have anything. I have to keep a straw on me. Breathing in and out slowly through the straw seems to help me breath better. Thanks for all the great tips guys ;-)
#93 - Olivia - 02/12/2010 - 21:47
Well, i have run out of my inhaler and cant get it refilled till tomorrow. Im having a wicked hard time breathing and just want to thank everyone for their suggestions. Im gunna give a few a try, and hopefully something works.
#94 - Toni - 02/16/2010 - 21:56
;-) ha asthma!

do Yoga...

Yoga. Pranayama, & Meditation help cure all ailments, including Asthma...!

Lx*
#95 - Lx* - 02/17/2010 - 02:22
I heard about the onions too, you cut them and add sugar and when they release juices you take 1-2 tb few times a day as mentioned in one of the above comments. I have asthma and control it by symbicort, and now my daughter has cold asthma and it kills me just to see her suffer when her medicine isn't helping. Yes i believe in home remedies they can cure you I haven't tried any because I don't know which one to try first and because I spent my life using the inhalers and turbuhalers and never gave natural remedies a chance so if anyone has an advice please list it.
#96 - may - 02/20/2010 - 21:38
I have read all your comments and all are great. I have had asthma for 60 years. There is a tolerence level of all toxins in your body that needs to be maintained. Fat cells store these toxins, so the less fat you have on your body the better. How do you get rid of the fat. 1.) Eat right (meaning cut the processed foods, eat god's pure organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible, they were put here for a reason, and drink alot of pure water to hydrate. Water makes you eliminate these toxins and purifies throught the kidneys and liver. Clean your blood.) 2.) Exercise builds up your lungs, like getting a "second wind." Also it purifies your body through sweating, makes you lose your weigh that has the stored toxins. 3.) Avoid the tiggers as much as possible, be clean, and if you are in shape, your body will fight these better.

The problem is that this is hard to do and have fun in life in this world of indulgence. The solution is moderation in all that you do. I would recommend the paper back book "Nutriutional Healing," look under Asthma and do what is says. It is a drastic step, but I guarantee if you follow the advice and do what they say, you will be in the best shape mentally and physically than you ever have.

The problem is sticking with the program.

If you really have asthma bad enough, give it a try, start with the fast, juicing, and green drinks, and let me know how you feel.

Good luck.



#97 - rh - 02/26/2010 - 14:33
I have had asthma since I was a young teenager and I know that cold air is not good for my asthma. It will take my breath away. Warm moist air (using a scarf) over the mouth helps keep the air moist and warm. I don't think you should use cold air and especially cold dry air as a rememdy. I know dairy makes me more congested so I avoid it. Pineapple juice helps me bring up phlem from my lungs. Maybe it will work for you.
#98 - Lucia - 03/02/2010 - 14:33
thanks for all of these great tips. i'm onto the brandy now after drinking two bodums of coffee. not at home so can't get a lot of the things recommended on this site. it's comforting to know that others are going through this hell. i haven't been on inhaled steroids for a while as i don't generally expose myself to household allergens like dust, and here i am. i've taken my ventalyn 6 times, and it's not working. all that seems to help is not lying down and pressurized breathing. wish i had vick's vapor rub or tiger balm.

#99 - NONE - 03/07/2010 - 12:34
I am desperately searching for helpful treatments. My daughter is six years old and has had an awful winter with her asthma. Over the past 9 weeks she has had to be on an oral steriod six times. We have a nebulizer and we have used it over and over. Ten or so treatments a day with some back to back and taking a hot shower to breathe in the mist isn't working anymore. She has been to the hospital twice and admitted once with her oxygen levels at 86%. She has been on Singulair about five weeks now. We had tried Asthmanex for about three weeks and just switched to Advair a week ago. She just finished the Prednisalone and is already coughing again. We have an appointment with an allergist next week and Pulmonary can't fit us in until late April>-( Help!
#100 - exhausted and desperate mom - 03/09/2010 - 23:23
Honey can be given to children over the age of 1yr. If cold air is your trigger, my son uses a scarf or bandanna over his mouth when going outside in the winter. Forcing him to breath through his nose or "pre-warmed" air through his mouth prevents "cold air" attacks in the winter. Look for hidden mold in the home. My cousin developed severe asthma for about a year and upon remodeling, found severe mold beneath some flooring and in the air ducts. Remodeling done and asthma was gone. Watch for fuzzy fabrics/clothing and always wash new clothes/bedding before wearing. Always use your own pillow. My son has had asthma since he was over-exposed to mold/mildew as an infant. He's now 11 yrs old. I've been reading up on Oil of Oregano and Colloidal Silver. Will post more if we have success.
#101 - mom of asthmatic - 03/16/2010 - 12:00
Wow! Thank you all for your great advice. I am 47- and had asthmas as a kid- but mainly when I had a cold- or bad allergies. Mom smoked and as soon as I moved out- at 17- my asthma went away. On occassion it would return briefly from allergies- cats are a big trigger. My partner has cats and I have been ok with them for almost 2 years- then the asthma began to resurface. I hate- hate- hate -taking any pharmaceuticals- and found myself using albuterol on occassion. Then after about another year- I was using it more and more. I began running and found that the exercise would bring on an attack- normal- but still, I was not hapoy with this asthma. I went to the Dr and prescribed Flovent- I took it for two weeks- helped with asthma but made me feel really cruddy- dizzy, out- of sorts.. so I stopped. The asthma was getting pretty bad. I kepot using the rescue inhaler- albuterol and that was making me really dizzy. So I went back on Flovent- and after ten days I was so sad. I pride myself on being really healthy and I could not bear to think that this asthma was going to change that- because the Flovent made me feel awful.. then I found this site. God bless you all.. I immediately stopped both inhalers- and although I drink a pretty good amount of water already- I doubled it the first night. And, I used my Neti Pot 2 x day- and used eucalyptus inhalers... It has been almost 4 days and I have not used an inhaler- nor have I had asthma. The water is a huge factor for me.. who knew.. so simple.. ( at least for me) water- water-water.. I am going to start taking local bee pollen and watch the way I breath.. I don't know how long before the steroids leave my system from the Flovent.... but I can't wait to feel normal again. At least I can breath w/o drugs.. Thank you all!
#102 - Candie - 03/20/2010 - 20:39
My daughter was sprayed with insect repellant on a school camp and immediately had a sore throat. She came home from camp unable to talk and has now started having asthma attacks. Thrilling to say the least.
Anyway this site has given me plenty of alternatives to try and we are not going down the conventional medical road.
#103 - Molly - 03/29/2010 - 13:00
I just finished reading all the comments for me going dairy free worked and taking coffee. now im starting the pineapple juice method to see if that works. im in the hospital twice a year for asthma attacks its a depressing ailment to have. I have prednisone pills collected to take instead of going to the hospital. If your really bad in the emerge beg for prednisone pills.
#104 - sherry - 04/11/2010 - 20:30
I have suffered with asthma since I was about 2 years old, your alleries are the triggers for your asthma attacks...simple. The suggestion of drinking water is a good one, it wont get rid of your asthma but will help prevent attacks as dehydration is a major trigger. Also Buteyko method of breathing through your nose is also very good at preventing attacks as it is the natural way of breathing....animals dont get asthma because they breath through the nose. When having an attack CALM DOWN!...I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay calm and relax your shoulders and steady your breathing, hyperventillating will cause your airway to narrow and become increasingly difficult to breath. Please be cautious of what you try from these posts, cold air is a trigger and will not help you long term, alcohol is a VERY bad idea as it can cause restriction as a result of your bodies natural rejection to alcohol. Finally please, please, please always have your medication at hand, it is just not worth the risk.......YOUR HEALTH IS YOUR LIFE!
#105 - Marc - 04/12/2010 - 05:54
Thank you Dr. Faraz! (post #91) I have asthma, my son has asthma, and I worked on the respiratory floor of a hospital for 6 years with MANY pulmonologists, respiratory therapists, and asthmatics. Every.single.one. of the medical professionals I know first recommends cold air (sticking your head in a freezer) to help alleviate, not get rid of, asthma symptoms before any other treatment.

Sammie (post #68 ), your post was a little insulting and also a bit ignorant. As MANY have posted and attested to, what works for one may not work for all, especially if what worked for some is a trigger for others.

I know for a FACT, what my son and I suffer from is asthma and NOT croup. I also know that growing up in the Pacific Northwest (which is notoriously cold and rainy in the fall/winter months and has very little pollen in the spring/summer) I had absolutely NO bouts with asthma. When I moved to the hot south is when the onset happened. I wake up at night wheezing, barely able to breath, if the temperature in my home is above 75*. I know exactly what my and my son's triggers are and when our inhalers are low/empty and/or the attack isn't severe the first thing we try is the freezer. Cold is not a trigger for us and it works about 75% of the time. If it doesn't work we move on to coffee and that gets the job done.

Please, Sammie, stop perpetuating experience/opinion for FACT.
#106 - Sheila - 04/15/2010 - 06:36
:-)
hi. i'm 14 yrs. old. I have been suffering from asthma since I was 2 yrs.old. almost every night i can't breathe properly and sometimes when i wake up in the morning i also can't breathe properly. is there a scientific explanation and remedy or cure for my situation? :-o
#107 - mekeila - 04/18/2010 - 12:21
Mekeila you should see your doctor about your Asthma, they will prescribe a preventer (inhaler) for you that will stop your breathing trouble;-)
#108 - Marc - 04/19/2010 - 06:50
I used to wake up in the middle of the night having asthma attacks... that my mom would give me a small paper bag (like a lunch sack) to breath into. this seemed to regulate my breathing quickly. Other times when i didnt have a bag, but had an attack I would put my hands together (like I was praying) and would put my hands to my mouth and breath. It really helped me get thru those scary times.
#109 - b - 04/25/2010 - 15:48
I am no doctor but sounds like when u breathe into a paperbag the amount of carbon dioxide in the bag slowly increases and when u read about the Buteyko method of breathing ..that too talks about the imbalance in the Oxygen to Carbon dioxide levels that keeps the asthma attacks going. Thanks for sharing that...it makes sense to me ..especially after reading Buteyko...My mom in law who suffered from Asthma for 20 years is not totally free of asthma ..she has not had a single attack in the last 9 years...the secret she has started doing Pranayamas...every morning and evening..lfor past 9 years ..these are rythmic breathing exercises ..part of yoga..these can be done any where ..any place..she also drank boiled holy basil leaves all these years too..Hope this works for everyone..but for toddlers...I think its best to encourage them to have more active play time..lots of sleep ..lots of organic foods. Be Healthy..God Bless all of you.
#110 - Achu - 04/30/2010 - 11:10
I am no doctor but sounds like when u breathe into a paperbag the amount of carbon dioxide in the bag slowly increases and when u read about the Buteyko method of breathing ..that too talks about the imbalance in the Oxygen to Carbon dioxide levels that keeps the asthma attacks going. Thanks for sharing that...it makes sense to me ..especially after reading Buteyko...My mom in law who suffered from Asthma for 20 years is now totally free of asthma ..she has not had a single attack in the last 9 years...the secret she has started doing Pranayamas...every morning and evening..lfor past 9 years ..these are rythmic breathing exercises ..part of yoga..these can be done any where ..any place..she also drank boiled holy basil leaves all these years too..Hope this works for everyone..but for toddlers...I think its best to encourage them to have more active play time..lots of sleep ..lots of organic foods. Be Healthy..God Bless all of you.
#111 - Achu - 04/30/2010 - 12:00
i am 13 and i have suffered from asthma ever since i was born and all i have to say is that if you exercise dayly and stay healthy then you will soon grow out of your asthma soon i have :-D but not all the way. but some day i hope to be asthma free untill then i will try my beast to stay active and stay healthy. i hay not be no dr. but i have learned from expirence and i think if you have bad asthma it just might get worst :-D:-)B-):-o
#112 - annie - 05/01/2010 - 17:44
Hi, all

As for the cold air debate, it works for some and not others.

I am a chronic asthma sufferer and summertime is my worst season, winter season is the opposite.

So again cold air works for some and not others.

Has anyone tried changing their diet?, eat a lot of green veggies which are filled with minerals like zinc and magnesium.
since summer is approaching I have to do my best not to end up in the ICU, this asthma has racked close 300+ thousand dollars in hospital bills (if not more)
#113 - Jerry - 05/01/2010 - 22:17
MILK IS BAD!!!!
I have had asthma since I was 2. I am now 24.
Triggers for me:
~Alcohol
~Milk
~Pets and allergens in general.
~Laughing really hard.
~Getting upset, angry, rushing to get something done, or stress.
~Exercise
~I think I might have some food allergies. :S
~Walking into a building that has a humid swamp cooler.

What helps me:
~TAKE ALLERGY MEDICINE AS DIRECTED. This doesn't mean you need a Rx. I like to take the 12 hour Zyrtec D, or the off brand that walgreens carries. (Walmart's doesn't work for me.) It is kind of expensive for me, so I tried something different. It is the pseudophed sinus and allergy. In Montana you have to get it behind the pharmacy counter. I get 48 pills, and you take them every 4-6 hours. Kind of a hassle, but it is only $6. It works just as well.
~COLD AIR. It just seems fresher to me. Might be a mental thing, though.
~INHALER. I don't have insurance, so I don't have any Rx medicine that I take. One day I stumbled upon an over the counter inhaler called Primetine Mist. It is pure adrenaline, and it actually works way better than the new albuterol inhalers, in my opinion. Around town they range from $16 to $23. Found at most box stores.
~STAY AWAY FROM YOUR TRIGGERS! Know what makes you feel aweful and keep it in mind. If you choose to put yourself through that, be prepared. :) I carry allergy medicine and an inhaler at all times.
~RELAXING. It calms me down and I can breathe better. When I was little, my Mom and Grandma used to have me lay over their legs while they were sitting down, so my back was facing up and my chest was slightly lower than my hips. Then they would pat my back with a cupped hand. It made me feel better. It loosened the gunk in my chest and relaxed me. I would fall asleep all the time! :)

Hope this helps! Everyone is different. I know how scary it is when you find yourself not able to breathe, and remember, DON'T PANIC!! ;)
#114 - Fawn - 05/02/2010 - 12:19
i seem to have developed asthma in the past one month. im 29 and have anxiety issues as well. Have difficulty breathing. I tried the inhaler but it dosent work. any suggestions
#115 - shahnawaz - 05/08/2010 - 09:16
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My wife Christine has Induced (((Cold/ Flu Asthma))) and is using that (Purple Disk) 2x's a day. However it doesn't seem to be working. She is (DEPENDENT ON) the blue (Albuterol Rescue Inhaler)(with CFC'c) that she is taking almost daily. It is the only thing so far that works for her. However, she most likely has one of the last (ARI with CFC's) in existing so we need to find out an alternative FAST! Does AnyOne Know where I can but this (ARI with CFC's) In or out of Country, I don't care... Or a way to help her clear her lungs and air way THAT WORKS FAST? I was told that it has a lot to do with the region I live. We live in the NE corridor and get some nasty Cold and Flu seasons. We were told that if we moved to Florida the Asthma will go away. Is It true that the Sun and Salt Air really make that big of a difference? I am willing to move ANYWHERE to make her better if I need to. I just need to know. What Can I Do TO HELP HER!?
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#116 - Andrew - 05/11/2010 - 12:26
I've learned from experience to smoke a joint of herb during an attack and the attack will stop within mins.;-)
#117 - Donay - 05/22/2010 - 17:30
The only thing that seems to help for me is getting cold air, found having a fan going all night in the bedroom helps drastically as well
#118 - Jessica - 05/28/2010 - 01:17
The inhalation of honey while an attack helped my dog! Thanks alot!
#119 - Logan - 05/28/2010 - 11:04
For those of you who keep talking about cold air. First off, the medication in the inhaler is a crystaline solution that is compressed. While in the capsule it is COLD to keep it crystalized (don't believe me just touch the metal). Secondly, if you've ever used a nebulizer you'll notice that the vapor solution that you inhale is also cool until you breath out (obviously the exhaled air from your body will be warm and look like steam). I'm not saying that the coolness is what helps the asthma, it is needed to deliver the medication in whatever form, but notice how it doesn't hurt. Cold, dry air will contract the bronchioli in the lungs for those who have trouble breathing, but during an attack they are inflamed and the cool air will bring down the inflamation. At the same time, steam will help break up and loosen the mucus that your body produces and also have a cooling effect once the air entering your lungs is cooler again relative to the steam. Basically you want to control mucus production and keep inflamation down in addition to the other things that people have said like keeping heart rate and breathing rate down. During times of an extreme episode where my heart rate is extremely high, caused by either the asthma attack itself or the stimulation of the ventolin inhailer, I place an ice cube or something cool on either my neck, over the coratid artery, or directly over my heart and I also do the breathing exercises that were previously mentioned (in through the nose out through the mouth). This helps slow down my breathing and quickly cool the body. Please stop saying that you know for a fact that cool air will definitely make it worse like Sammie says for a definite fact in post #68 (although there are some other useful bits of information in that long) post. Listen to the Dr. Franz in post #91. Knowing what triggers your attacks and prevention are the best things you can do. For me the mucus and phlegm and wheezing is the worst part, it keeps me up at night and only allows me to get maybe 2-3 hours of sleep in a row max. If if that's the case for you then, stay away from caffeinated drinks because they will dehydrate you in the long run (if it provides you with temporary relief then try switching to a warm drink without caffeine like peppermint tea) and will just solidify and dry the mucus and mucus membranes in your lungs. Drink lots of water and eat foods that contain lots of water (fruits and veggies) to break up the mucus to be expelled by coughing or through the gut. Using common sense over all these other quick fix remedies will be your best bet.
#120 - Sleep Deprived - 06/12/2010 - 08:53
I am suffering from short breath and pain in chest .I feel tightness in my chest everytime . In the begining the doctors said I was suffering from depression but now they are saying that I have asthma the problem is there isn't any wheezing. Please if someone can tell me what to do
#121 - Mousmin - 06/15/2010 - 02:17
This is the worst information i have ever heard, you obviously know nothing about the causes of asthma. Im not even going to correct you as the horrendous information supplied indicates that you are either moronic or used a quick google search and just re-pasted and made the rest up. Pathetic to think that people will actually take on board your misinformation, hope you re-evaluate you career because helpfulness is not your forte. It really wouldnt surprise me if you said dunk your head in a bath and inhale, as this improves your lung capacity, Dumbass. As this wont get on your page due to selective cleansing methods to make you look beneficial, I wish you all the worst and painful existance.
#122 - dongfan - 06/21/2010 - 14:04
So much of this information is incorrect. As an asthma sufferer for over 21 years, I have taken nearly every medication available (other than prednisone) daily, my entire life.

Cold Air - NOT GOOD!
Alcohol?! - This is a trigger not a reliever...
Milk...mucus is not your friend when you have asthma

For the person who mentioned pot - get a salt inhaler, it will have the same affect without damaging your lungs further.

Most of the "remedies" above may be good for the occasional asthmatic, not for the chronic sufferer.

#123 - Bec - 06/22/2010 - 00:46
Asthma can be debilitating for many, so it was for me. My search for relief after lots of steroid abuse took me to natural therapies. These (Biogetica) products are a unique blend of eastern herbs and resonance homeopathic remedies, which work together to eliminate the root cause of asthma. These products helped me by reducing the intensity and frequency of my asthma attacks and controlled my sensitivity to allergens. They are the best alternatives to steroids and bronchodilators; safe and non habit forming.
#124 - Casey - 06/29/2010 - 06:46
:-)
Chill!! Whenever you are experiencing an asthma attack, the first thing to do is to chill!! Don't panic!! If u do so, the rate of adrenaline in your body increases and so do your heart beat which ends up in your breathing. So,dear friends, do it psychologically..i assure you, it helps alot. Then seek medical help ASAP with the same zen attitude.
1.I have found out that over-eating is a great detriment for asthma!! :-(
2. Cold is definitely a minus point, but not all people body metabolism are the same..so it might help for some people but not for all.
3. Oily stuffs, butter, peanuts, spicy stuffs, sugar, alcohol and cold drinks should unfortunately be banned!! :-( They trigger asthma attacks simply!!!!!

:)
Time for tips!!*simple but useful ones*

1. Inscribe yourself to a gym! Get plenty of exercises to keep yourself in a good shape.
2. As from today, your water intake shoud be doubled. It helps in removing the toxins in the body.
3. Always keep more than 2 inhalers with you, in case....you never know.
4. Go for greeny meals! Lettuces and watercress for examples.
5. Practice pranayam! Its a must for all asthmatics!! Its easy..for those who don't know, its a method of breathing in yoga!
6. Avoid all dusty and cold environments simply!
7. Do the music therapy to avoid stress and depressions!
8. Body hygiene is very very very important!
9. Have sufficient sleeps!
10. And..do not forget..always keep that zen attidude to keep your adrenaline level low!! :)
No anger!!

Hope it helps..good luck!!!


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#125 - Ashvee - 07/10/2010 - 14:56
I did a big research on Asthma and finally succeeded in it:
I have tried everything what my friends have told, but the fact is that:
Those people with Asthma will have constipation problems, they are not removing the toxins from their body, and it try to come out of the lungs..
I had Asthma for 12 years and 1 year back i went to a stage i could not even walk 500 steps..so weak...
I lost my weight from 70 kgs to 61 kgs, my face looked pale....
I took lot of Allopathic medicines, it really worsens my disease ...it build toxins level in my body....
What I did to cure:
I went for Sidha medicine, this type of medicine are all herbal, no side effects, like english medicines you will not find the solution in a day...
If you have 15 years of asthma ..you should take 15 months continuously...
After taking these medicine ...i am having good bowl movement....remove toxins which i have built for 12 years...
If you are taking albuterol, ventolin, advair..make sure you are killing yourself slowly....
Except herbal nothing can cure you not only asthma...any disease in this world....
practise pranayama....it helps...
After taking sidha medicines continuously for one year ...i am almost 95 % cured of asthma...
will get when i exercise...took milk...took sea foods...cold drinks ...and sugar...
Now i gained my original weight of 68 kgs....
The secret is sidha medicine..but i am astonsihed to see nobody has spoken about that....

Apart from this....
1) boil oregano leaves and drink...
this is also an herb....
rest all natural things..like honey..garlic...onion..purifies your blood...

but remember one thing no other thing in this world will cure asthma other thaan herbals...

clarify your doubts with me.

[email protected]

I am not here to sell any products...becoz i know the real suffering of an asthmatic...


take care my frends...
#126 - RAD - 07/27/2010 - 07:12
you can consume honey and cinnamon powder should be adminsterd daily
#127 - nazreena - 07/28/2010 - 05:35
Hi. when ever i have exposure to paint fumes.. aerosol sprays .bleach perfumes i have irratation in my airways..then about 3hrs later my airway flares up and i can feel a burning like felling that lasts for 3days ... after having my hiar dyed it lasted 3 mnths .. test inconclusive with ????? diagnosis ... is this what you guys experience also or different when exposd to chemicals..was given puffa but not much use to me ...
#128 - Ausie dave - 08/04/2010 - 22:18
paint can cause asthma
#129 - asthma painting - 08/09/2010 - 22:29
I know its a little late by about 2 years but I just felt I should point out that ice is NOT denser than water, and that cold air clearly helps some but not everyone.
#130 - Tom - 09/13/2010 - 04:59
I suggest Glutathione tablet and Centrum Multi Vitamins, we have to make our body more stronger!
#131 - I am from the Philippines! - 09/17/2010 - 14:34
To #63....I think you may have chronic bronchitis instead of asthma. Do yourself the favor and consult another doctor to get a second opinion
#132 - Kat - 09/30/2010 - 15:04
#68 Sammie-

Living in Arizona does not help your asthma. I have lived in AZ for the past 20 years and have horrible asthma. Get your facts straight.

P.S. Freezer tip worked for me, but only for a short time. :)
#133 - Fay - 10/03/2010 - 01:30
Sneezing helps. Try making yourself sneeze and it will help get your breath back. Hot steam, hot tea, keep warm. vapor rub on the chest and back, massage, rest, warm food. Anybody tried accupunture? maybe that will help?
#134 - sheeta - 10/05/2010 - 11:36
Ijust got diagnosed with astmah this year nd within 6 months ihave been to tha hospital 3x nd visited by EMS bout 6x. It makes me scared dat it could get worse. Nothing ihave done helps me. Nd to make things worse wen ihave a astmah attack istart to hyperventilate nd realli cnt calm down enough to control my breathing. I'm only 15 nd ihave never been so scared in my life. The pain always feels brand new each time like ihave nvr felt it befo:-(



HELPP MEE!!!!! please:(
#135 - Worried!:/ - 10/17/2010 - 14:03
Natural Asthma Remedy
#136 - John - 10/20/2010 - 19:46
I think the whole cold air thing must be different for everyone then... I suffer from asthma and feel that cold air helps me during mild attacks. Not freezing though! I have suffered from asthma since the day i was born and I hate it! I am still embarassed of it and won't even take my puffer during an attack unless it's somewhere private and nobody can see... I have never left the house without an inhaler and I feel as if I will never be able to! I don't feel normal :( I feel like my asthma is getting worse every day too, I go through 2 inhalers every month sometimes more... [@]ss :(
#137 - Helen - 10/31/2010 - 17:44
Ohh I nearly forgot! I always keep a raw onion (cut in half) next to my bed as they absorb bacteria and germs and I also feel like it helps. Doesn't smell to good though! Haha.. Try it though :)
#138 - Helen - 10/31/2010 - 18:01
My grandmother keeps on coughing ,i don't know how do i help her.......when she began sneezing what comes next is coughing.......she can't sleep at night either........we are giving her oregano juice.and drinking Bisolvon........but it does'nt work.......what should we do..........i hope somebody will read this and help us.......ahhhhh......one thing more my grandmother is half paralyzed.
#139 - Eden - 11/08/2010 - 02:08
I am 27 and have had severe asthma for 9 years. I do not know all of my triggers but usually can control my attacks with an albuteral inhaler which I use several times daily esp. throughout the night, I also have a nebulizer I use when the instant inhaler will not work, but occasionally nothing I do will completley restore my normal breathing. During those times I try to remain calm and breathe steadily, get some fresh air- cooler air works best for me but not everyone. I start drinking coffee, take mucus relief pills, benadryl, or whatever I may have handy. I am not sure which is the most effective but eventually I start breathing easier. I worry about the amount I use and the long term effects of these medications and that is why I have started looking for more natural ways to control my asthma. Thank you all for the ideas, I am definitley going to try some out. I will let you know what works for me!
#140 - Crystal - 11/13/2010 - 16:35
thankyou frndss.... really it will work
#141 - ammu - 11/15/2010 - 08:38
Just a couple of questions..

Does ice really help in the PREVENTION of asthma ?

Can I take Flixoxide after the attack has occured ?

Why might cool air not soothe my asthma ?

Cheers,
Jasmine
#142 - Curious - 11/21/2010 - 16:42
I have had asthma all my life and luckily my dad is a pediatrician and so he was able to determine that my asthmatic trigger was from peanuts. We used medicines and steriods to control it. What I realize now, after 40 years, is that benedryl completely eliminates my symptoms at the first sign of cough or tightness. Normal dose though I usually take less since I hate medicines. Now to try to find a way to deal with my asthma that arises from colds. Bottom line advice- find out what causes the asthma- if it is an allergy to a food, cats, etc, try an antihistamine for a few days Before it becomes full blown or else by then you are fighting off a monster. If anyone knows what to do to stop a cold developing into asthma, let me know.
#143 - Elisabeth - 11/23/2010 - 23:47
lot of hot air cold air talk ...... for me somtimes cool air works and sometimes it does nothing .... cool air not cold air.....winter air is bad.......but the 33 degree air inside the walk in cooler at my job is good...... i think the temperature is just soothing to me cause when i am havng an attack my face gets hot .......


also MUCINEX works great!!!!!......any kind of mucinex ... mucinexD, mucinex dm,, or just regular mucinex..

CLARITIN d not just plain claritin but claritin D also helpes me

and i use albuterol sulfate and ipratropium bromide mix in my nebulizer.....and i do it in a hot shower.... hot as i can stand........i let the hot water beat on my back and my chest while doing my nebulizer and by the time i get out and have had enough hot steam and medicine i step out into the cool air of my bedroom and ahhhhhhhh sweet relief...

#144 - Stupid Asmatic - 11/24/2010 - 19:48
oh yea and most importantly stay calm during an attack just sit down ... straighten your back.... and breathe comfortably as you can..... i listen to myself breathe or i try and distract myslef entirely........like writing to you people on this website:-D but seriously stay calm
#145 - Stupid Asthmatic - 11/24/2010 - 21:41
I started to have asthma attacks a few years ago. Now the past week I am having attacks 10-14 times a day. I am using albuterol which only helps for a little while. My chest hurts SO bad and I can't sleep without 2-3 attacks a night. I don't know how people put up with this for years. I just started my new job and don't have insurance. Everyone says go to the ER RiGHT!
Who can afford that! I do notice my emotions bring it on and have been trying relaXATION EXERCISES.
As soon as I lie down it starts up. Cold air makes mine worse. I just feel like crying. I can't stand it anymore. I am exhausted just with the effort of trying to breathe. I will try some of the remedies here. wish me luck
#146 - feeling like crap - 11/25/2010 - 19:44
I have genetic asthma, for the past week I've been having trouble breathing and recently I felt symptoms of pneumonia, now Im really worried what to do, I have no health care nor do I have enough money to see a doctor. Are any of these rememdies proven? Some of these ingredients seem exotic and pricey.
#147 - WORRIED in TX - 11/29/2010 - 03:20
>-( I'm Maria and I'm 10 years old and i have had asthma all my life. Have been having the same asthma attack for the past week or so and it is getting close to Christmas, :-[] and I'm sick and tired of having constant asthma attacks! I have read almost all of the remedies and some just sounded crazy, others I could not do, and some I try but they didn't work!>-( My mom and grandma aren't home the only person home is my grumpy old grandpa how is making me clean while I'm having a asthma attack.:-( I wish I didn't have asthma but don't we all.;-) UGGGGG! I can't stand this much longer I feel like there is no hope. I just want to give up cry, because what is the point if I am just going to wake up the next morning having a hard time breathing again.:oops: but I can't give up I bet my cousins $10 that I can get rid of my asthma by Christmas and sadly that's in a week so I don't have a month plus I don't have any money so I have to win this bet!:-o So PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE :-[] HELP ME!
#148 - Maria - 12/20/2010 - 11:30
asthma :-P what a joke ha how ever has asthma is a loser :-D so all of you on this web site are losers :-P weirdos :-P I hope ya die of a asthma attack !B-)
#149 - no name - 12/20/2010 - 15:25
Hey no name, you piece of trash, maybe you'll get to find out some day. Kharma is a b&*ch. I'd love to meet you....
#150 - G. - 12/26/2010 - 11:37
No name that was a cruel thing to say. I don't have asthma but my daughter and grandaughter does. I don't think anyone who has asthma or any other sickness would say to you I wish that you would get AIDS and die. If you don't have anything nice to say don't say anything at all. I actually think that your are the sick one!!!!!!!!!!!!
#151 - trina - 12/27/2010 - 07:28
I think some asthma suffers don't realize you can have cold-induced asthma. If you have it, breathing cold air will not help and may make it worse. If you don't have it, maybe cold air will help. You can also have exercise-induced and allergy-induced asthma. I have all three. I don't like to take medicines, and usually just sit down and rest a few minutes until an attack goes away.
Lately, I have been doing some breathing practices a few times a day with some success. This consists of sucking the lower abdomen in while pushing the rib cage out in front. It seems to help when an attack seems imminent.
#152 - Sara - 12/29/2010 - 21:46
I worry about all you asthmatics in the USA who dont have decent health care. In my country treatment at most hospitals is free and care from a doctor is subsidised by the government. So are the pharmaceuticals.
Having decent health care available reduces the stress which can trigger asthma attacks.

One thing I am trying out is using a nebuliser without the medicines, just water , salt water etc
#153 - moon - 01/04/2011 - 19:18
Post #152. Interesting....you maintain there is no asthma, yet you hope everyone here dies of an asthma attack. Hmmm. Methinks perhaps you suffer from an existential paradox.

Thanks to all who provide valuable experience; just diagnosed at 52, and being diabetic react to all the steroids so looking for alternatives. This gives me a place to start. Thank you again.
#154 - Ann - 01/06/2011 - 16:16
Apple Cider Vinager:

2tea spoons in a cup of water. instant relief. my GOD. why doesnt my doctor know about this.
#155 - kal - 01/09/2011 - 09:20
My housemate is asthmatic, as is my godson, and apple juice seems to provide relief for both of them. also licorice tea is reportedly a good home remedy for many kinds of respiratory ailments (it has to be made from real licorice root, not the stuff you get from sweet shops) Hope this helps.
#156 - X - 01/20/2011 - 09:30
HOME REMEDY FOR ASTHMA:TAKE THREE DATES,THEN TAKE OUT THE SEEDS OF THREE DATES AND FILL IT WITH BUTTER OF THE AMOUNT EQUAL TO THE SEED.INSHALLAH YOU WILL FEEL YOURSELF BETTER WITH THE USE OF THIS REMEDY REGULARLY.
THANKS
#157 - SYED HASNAIN ALI - 01/25/2011 - 04:08
I developed asthma when i was 21. Did the whole gambit, pills, inhalers, steroids. Great well means doctors, but they almost killed me. About 20 years ago, I finally learned that asthma is a symptom, not a disease in and of it's self. When you treat the asthma, you are not treating the cause. Please understand that treating asthmatic symptoms is very important, but so is finding the root cause. We are all here, looking for something that works. I went to a homeopathic allergist and was completely free of drugs for many years. He has sadly retired though, so I am looking for other alternatives to conventional medicine. There are some interesting posts here and I'm going to try a few. The one thing I can't stress enough, is to take care of this when you're young. My lungs are scarred now, so my function is greatly diminished. Peak flow meters aside, I can climb stairs and exercise, and that's enough for me.
#158 - Kathy - 02/07/2011 - 07:21
Something that i found helped alot is sucking on an icecube.... I had a bad asthma attack a few days ago at school and despite having my puffer i just could not stop coughing and was getting even worse cause i was freaking out about it. i ended up going to sickbay but thought all they would be able to do is send me home. Instead she gave me a cup of ice and told me to suck on it. I wouldn't advise this for young kids as they might choke on it, but as long as you avoid that its helps alot. i was able to go back to class 10min later-and i can assure you that i was not the only one surprised by that.

BTW my asthma attack was caused by an energy drink. I am allergic to something in them and they caused me worse attacks until i realised that they all followed my drinking of them. With the added effect of the drink and some hectic weather at the time, well it wasn't a smart thing to do.
#159 - Alyssa - 02/12/2011 - 01:15
thanks for the info i will try some later.god bless u all!!!
#160 - lanie - 02/25/2011 - 03:25
right nnow i have been up since 1 in the morning and realised i don't have any ventolin left, and hot black coffee usually helps me but not right now!!! all these diffent homeremidies i hope will help!! thank everyone i really appriciate it :D
but i still can't breathe or sleep at the moment :(
#161 - Tasheena - 03/11/2011 - 10:36
Milk should NEVER be recommended for asthma!
#162 - Heather - 03/16/2011 - 11:01
Am having this since last 4 days, and for a week last year during pollen onslaught. Antibiotics did not work, made my stomach more worse. Got aggravated last evening when in market, inhaling vehicle exhaust. Found a herbal clinic (Hakeem) where I was standing and he checked my nerves. Told me this is developing into an ashtama. Gave me a small box of tablets, written 'Instant ashtama relief challenge.' Had two tablets at home with warm water and am breathing normally since (except for the cough and cold symtems). The formula written was FENUGREEK seeds mixture with honey, black seeds (kalongi), harad (terminalia chebula) madar leaves (Calotropis Procera). Will take this for 7 more days.

Thanks
#163 - Swaleh - 03/21/2011 - 06:09
As far as I can remember I've always been suffering from asthma. When I was 10 Years old I was sent to specialised clinec at a high altitude 1800 meters above sea level . It really helped me . It almost cured me from my asthma. When I grew much older ; I m 44 asthma is back again but hopefully It only comes back in spring season . Coffee really help if in short of appropriate medication.I've learnt to live with it and I'm sure I will take it to the grave :-(. The one thing I have to pinpoint is that it has never prevented from having a normal life . Very few people know I m suffering from asthma.
#164 - adamson - 04/18/2011 - 11:51
My pb is that i don't know if i got asthma.I was at 5 different doctors this year,each time i took spirometry and they made some x-rays to my lungs and some other things which i don't know how they r called.The results came out good,but i often feel i can't breath and sometimes when i eat i feel like chocking and i have some kind of chest pain.As far they all told me is possible to have panic attacks,cuz all the rest is in order.
Is it possible to have asthma if all the results came out good 5 times(the last check was 2 days ago)?(i had panic attacks 2 years ago but not with this symptoms)
#165 - Alisa - 05/18/2011 - 09:04
Start using ( STAR DUST ) SEA SALT!!! It starts curing asthma from the time you start using it. Use it in your foods instead of regular salt, it might take a few days to see any results but, you should start having lesser & lesser asthma attacks, cold air or hot air!!! Its simple & easy! What do you have to loose?
#166 - Mike - 06/16/2011 - 00:26
Colder air contains more oxygen, whether a trigger for some or not, for certain people it will be beneficial because they'll be getting more oxygen to their lungs with less effort easing some of the symptoms.
Honey probably works because it's soothing and anti-bacterial.
Vinegar probably works because it removes phlegm and makes breathing a bit easier.
Grapes contain the ingredients to make cream of tartar, a natural antioxident. It probably makes your body healthier, so over time asthma attacks are less likely.

You might want to look into WHY something is helping you, or hurting you, rather than taking things at face value or by someones word alone. I'm not saying things won't help, I'm saying know why.
#167 - Ceed - 06/26/2011 - 18:05
I have found that breathing in a mixture of hot water and vix (vapour rub) helps alot in the process of soothing asthmatic attacks.
#168 - Jasmine - 08/05/2011 - 22:37
I would like to share my thoughts and advice on cool humidified air related to remedies for Asthma. Cool humidified air works extremely well to assist in breathing difficulties where the air opens up the airways and reduces inflammation. Cool humidified air is highly recommended by the entire medical community and is used through the medical industry for a wide range of ailments, such as this. I would recommend cool humidified air for assisting in these symptoms and avoid any medication unless absolutely necessary.
#169 - Dr. J. Hannon (ENT) - 09/03/2011 - 06:01
I've decided to join this string of comments and I have this need to start it off by saying "Hi my name is Sunny and I've had asthma for years". Although in the past it was triggered mostly from allergies I've had it recently because I went from whooping cough to walking pneumonia to 4 fires in the vicinity. :/ I won't write about all the negative things I feel about it because anyone having asthma reading this knows it will not help your state of mind... and the strongest thing we have is Our Mind/Thoughts. For myself atleast, staying Positive in Thought has helped. Right now I'm in the middle of an asthma attack and will Not let it win, not tonight or any night.

I'm going back on my health food kick. Not eating many foods that are processed, staying away from hydrogenated oils, juicing vegetables and making sure to exercise to strengthen the lungs is key. Recently I've tried inhaling boiled water and caraway seeds and after that taking a lick of 2 drops of 100%pure peppermint oil and that worked like a champ. I've tried swallowing a spoonfull of raw honey. I've tried drinking Braggs Organic Raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar and water. I've tried homeopathic meds and liquitrophic natural meds, and eating raw eggs for breakfast in a shake. (Please no lecturing on raw eggs~ any salmonella or anything else comes from chicken feces etc that lays all around the Outside of the egg. If you wash the outside of an egg for atleast 30 sec really well you are perfectly fine... if people can do tar tar and sushi this is fine- Also a neighbours eggs or from a local farmers market are best as the minute you pasteurize they lose most of there nutrition)

Unfortunately my asthma spray was recalled, it's called Advair, that's how I found this site. I've tried many of the remedies suggested and thus far all have worked in there own way, including cold Or hot steamy air whichever I need at the moment of relief.

One of the last things I wanted to write about is I would really encourage people to research these herbs listed below...as they are all really beneficial for asthma {note- when using herbs find out EVERY SINGLE THING YOU CAN ABOUT THEM including contraindications with other drugs as herbs can be JUST as strong as western meds} Herbal list- Elecampane, Ephedra (cannot use with steroids, inhalers or anti depressants) Ginkgo, Grindelia, Ivy Leaf (reduces airway obstruction of asthma in children ages 6-15, with no side effects or interactions) Khella, Licorice, Lobelia, Mullein (just found out the leaves of this have hairs on it that will actually bother airways so must have crushed or done properly-that's what I mean about making sure you have ALL facts) Nettles, Pill Bearing Spurge, Querbracho, Spikenard, Wild Thyme and Yerba Santa. Got this from an excellent book called "Herbal Remedies," but there are soo many great books out there. ALSO I would really like to encourage everyone to find out what herbs (that work best for you after testing) grow in your region so if there was ever an unfortunate situation or major disaster you could find your herb that works best for your asthma basically in your own backyard. Could be a good thing to know, don't you think? My best friend is an herbalist and suggested I get the catalog from "Horizon Herbs" so I can have herbs sent to me that I can grow myself. No I am not a spokesperson for any herbal facility, I'm just up late thinking if I can help anyone from them reading this I've done my job... because real living is about being of Service. ;)

I'm signing off feeling grateful because I was so occupied typing this and staying positive that my awful asthma attack went away. Of course I did do many of the techniques I mentioned that I got from this site tonight but the rest was up to me relaxing and staying positive as asthma is caused by Emotions, pollution and or allergies. Wishing everyone that has asthma true relief and a cure... Peace and Good Health Be With You.
#170 - SunnyL - 09/06/2011 - 03:38
I just started vitamin D therapy and my asthma is doing great. It is the new miracle vitamin. Look up articles on the internet. I was really deficient and never knew. You can get a test at your doctors. I feel amazing. I hope this helps someone else.
#171 - Kim - 09/15/2011 - 03:56
I have had asthma my entire life, I am 36. As a child I had been a regular at the emergency room and pediatric ward as well as in a special hospital for an entire year when I was 14, I was also one of the youngest people in the ICU on occasion. As an adult I have been intubated and on a respirator while unconscious for three days, after not having many asthma attacks or emergency room visits in the previous 15 years. This is something coming from someone who is very experienced with asthma: No matter the cost, if you are having an attack that is persistent and not easing up - CALL 911! I hate medication and always think natural remedies do the most good overall. I have learned that everyone has different levels of asthma and different triggers. Use the alternative methods (may I highly recommend Traditional Chinese Medicine here - It is VERY effective with asthma - it may rid it altogether if you keep up with the treatments!) but, asthma can be deadly if you are without your inhaler or an appropriate emergency room visit - don't take chances with your or your children's life - you will be sorry. A bad attack, even if you survive, will affect your quality of life and overall health thereafter. And about milk (past infancy), it's bad for everything, including asthma.
#172 - Nia - 09/19/2011 - 08:04
I don't knw if am asthmatic cus i hv never had an attack,but i do hv problems wit breathn and at times i do feel pain in my heart and nw its more frequent pls i really need help
#173 - Matt - 09/27/2011 - 22:11
Rubbing eucalyptus oil on the chest and back and putting a few drops on a piece of cloth to smell helps in relieving breathlessness.
#174 - M.Fameen - 10/07/2011 - 02:11
I have been asthmatic all my life.... my mom thinks it is because I was exposed to black mold as a child and my immune system went into overdrive and never stopped. I, on the other hand, feel as though really, I've had a low level chlamydia pnemonae infection (google around for it)... in all my research (i'm 25), the milk, money, apple cider vinegar, etc, is all just "alleviating" symptoms, never actually addressing the cause. For the past week, my asthma has ruled my life, more than ever. Just sitting, not doing anything, asthma attack. Sleeping, asthma attack. ANYTHING: asthma attack. I would puff on the albuterol, then an hour or 2 later, it's back. It was driving me insane. My eye started to twitch form fatigue, I was fed up. So, for the past few days, morning and night, I ran 4 garlic cloves through a cheese grater, let it sit from 10 minutes, then put the pulp into a coffee filter, and squeezed the oil into my nebulizer. I topped it off with water and have been doing this treatment. I feel like for the first time in years, I'm not a slave to my asthma. My mucus is clearer, my lungs don't make little pops and wheezes when I sleep, and my whole body feels better. Try it if you've tried everything else.
#175 - Krazycure - 10/15/2011 - 09:27
A few more suggestions I just found from treating myself from my asthma recently (all put to the test)... 1st try HOMEOPATHIC MEDECINES Especially for children as they work better on kids and elderly. When my brother was very little he had extreme asthma attacks and homeopathic meds I swear saved his life. Obviously have asthma spray ready to go for emergency but recently I've been able to get rid of my attacks using 30c of Pullsitilla, Arsenicum Album & a liquid concotion put together by NOVA Homeopathics called Respiratory & ASTHMA. You can take every half an hr for acute cases until it's gone. You will need to look up which specific Homeopathic med will work best for you but the GOOD NEWS is there are ZERO side effects to taking homeopathic meds and are ZERO dangerous. They are beyond Natural Meds they are from Plant, Mineral essence. So you never have to worry about mixing it with any meds or overdosing which I'm always paying attention to with anything. You just cant eat or drink a good 15 before or after you take so they can absorb properly. Local health food stores will have them or Wholefoods etc. Just don't take with anything that has Menthol or Euculyptus because they actually decreasse the effect of homeopathic meds. Also recently I steam for 15 min with Oil Of Oregano, helps when you have too much mucus as well.. I found that an over consumption of mucus can create asthma which happens to me as well and the 2 tricks are gargling with salt water for atleast 30 seconds (2tsp with a small glass of water) which will relieve the mucus pretty quickly and drinking pure lemon juice. Or chewing on a lemon for the pure juice. Same thing. Then I steam for 15 and tafter ake a Halls drop And some vix vapo rub near my nostrils and chest including upper back and voila! (this is when I opt against the homeopathic meds cuz remember the menthol will negate the effects of them)

I also read an interesting article that ALMOST ALL ASTHMATICS ARE DEHYDRATED so go buy yourself a package of EmergenC and have a few packs a day. The DR had mentioned sodium and Magnesium intake etc so these packets are genius. I noticed a decrease in my attacks after drinking EmergenC as well. Last but not least my Dr put me on a prescription level Allegra and for some asthmatics it might be as simple as being allergic to something... like detergents etc. I use all natural detergents with no perfumes now. Chewing on Garlic cloves couldn't hurt anybody either. Oh and last but not least I think Milk was giving me asthma (if you suspect or are not sure give it a go) so I quit milk products and noticed a signifigant difference as well. Local stores like Trader Joes and Wholefoods will have great substitutes for Dairy. I would suggest ice cream and sub milk with Coconut milk products which taste amazing ice cream and yogrt wise. Also good with cereals. The brand Coconut Dream which is coconut milk sub is delicious. A cream cheese thats amazing from Toffuti, the Butter from Earth Balance is sensaysh and by Wayfare "we can't say it's cheese" spreads are all Deelish and I've tried Everything. With these you really wouldn't know the difference which is awesome cuz otherwise I was lovin me some milk products.
ok...

GOOD LUCK AND PEACE BE WITH YOU.
#176 - SunnyL - 10/24/2011 - 05:46
i am 14.5 yrs old(i mean fourteen and half)i am having severe asthma attacks these days....wt to do?my doctor has told me to start inhaler....and he also told that till15yrs,,one can recover from asthma...is this true???he told me to pray to god....i eat fried things a lot.....what is the remedy and wt to do now...can i be normal????????
#177 - gurjot - 10/31/2011 - 03:31
i also use to cum daily(i mean [@])is this one of the reasons for asthma??????i am a boy..i mean giving a blowjob to myself......please tell..my request
#178 - gurjot - 10/31/2011 - 03:39
My daughter has been dealing with asthma since she was a baby. She is 5 now and is doing much better. I took her to a Homeopathic doctor and put her on Ivy Calm herbal renedy to make her lungs stronger. She takes echinacea and propolis, vitamin c, fish oil and follwos a dairy free diet. She goes to salt infused rooms twice a month and also takes Singulair, Claritin and inhaled steroids every day. She hasn't had an attack in 7 months. I think the homeopatic medicine has been key. Her asthma doctor wants to wean her completely of meds in 2 years tops. I also changed the insulation system in my house. It was fiber glass and now it's organic. I have air purifiers everywhere in the house. She goes swimming twice a day and is a happy child again. I wish the same for all the mothers and fathers out there suffering this horrible condition on their kids. It's nerve racking. I also found she was suffering from parasites and being treated and reinfected...this also affected her respiratory health. Good luck to you all.
#179 - ali - 11/04/2011 - 02:08
Thank you for all your valuable input! Since I changed to a whole food, plant based diet, no more asthma! I have read that ionizer air purifiers are really bad for asthmatics. Does anyone concur? Thanks again.
#180 - Fran - 11/14/2011 - 22:22
I have a 6 tr old daughter that suffers from asthma, and calming her down and giving her hot tea with honey helps alot...for those arguing cold air helps or hurts, it's apparent it helps some of you and others it doesn't...so stop calling each other liars, if it doesn't work for you, so be it... quit calling each other names, and grow up!
#181 - Adele - 12/07/2011 - 07:17
hi.to all,i'm asthmatis patient since my childhood and now i'm 21,when i was a child my doc gave me 500/750gm antibiotics which i hate but i had to have them and also my in haler but now i hav attacks only in winter but also fromlast 5 years i also suffer from skin disease called atopic dermatitis which is more worse than asthma but what can i do as i've got it from my genes but i want to ask is there a connection b/t asthma to antibiotics and skin allergy?
anyway i'm writing all my boring story becaz i'm having attack and no inhaler so i'm going to try one of the remedy and the only thing that makes me afraid of this disease is that it gets worse in old age where no one will take care of me so then what i'll do?
wellllllllllllllll i know no 1 going to read my comment as its tooooo annoying but if you do ten i'm sory for wasting ur time.buy
#182 - ifrah - 12/09/2011 - 04:50
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BETA BLOCKERS ARE GOOD FOR ASTHMA.
THIS MEDICATIONS WILL PULOUT YOUR ASTHMA.
I AM USING IT AND IS'S WORKING GREAT FOR ME.
#183 - LADYGAGA - 12/17/2011 - 06:54
I have had asthma for 13 years and the last asthma attack I had almost killed me. I went into shock and got rushed into trauma, and almost had to be intubated. Needless to say it scared the shit out of me and I was desperate to gain control of my asthma because that was the 8th time i had been hospitalized for an attack. I had no control of my asthma from 16-20(when I had my severe attack) I had tried EVERY preventative & eventually was put on 500mg of advair, which helped A LOT but I would still have flare ups here and there. Since then I lost my insurance and couldn't refil my inhalers. One day I felt a little tight and someone had mentioned smoking marijuana gives your airways the opposite effect of having an attack, so I tried it. I took a couple of hits out of a pipe and within minutes I was fine. That was about 2 years ago. I since have smoked a bowl/vaporizer everyday and have NOT had an asthma attack since my most severe. I also haven't taken my inhaler in probably over 6 months :) .. Worked for me! Hope this helps! *when using marijuana to help your asthma, NEVER SMOKE IT OUT OF PAPER/BLUNTS! That's only going to make it worse and completely destroy the purpose!
#184 - B - 12/18/2011 - 09:58
my is now 20 and she use to have asthma attacks on a regular. I took her to this older doctor when she was 4 or 5. the number 1 thing to avoid he said is dairy and coco products. so did just that and she has not had an asthma attack until age 20. however, she still stays away from dairy and coco 90% of the time. she knows how to control it and uses home remedies like slow breathing, ginger/honey. i would recommend everyone with asthma to invest in a plant called mullet and aloe. boil and breath over it or you can make mullet tea with honey. so no more hospital for me and you can say the same once you try it. remember nothing with coco or dairy in it at all no matter how long it takes just try these things and your asthma will go and try to find a new home. i pray that everyone on this website with advice or questions be healed. amen.
#185 - mary - 01/02/2012 - 10:23
i was talking about my daughter which is now 20yrs old in the information in #185
#186 - mary - 01/02/2012 - 10:36
my girlfriend wakes at about 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning with a dry cough because of her asthma and her inhalers don't seem to work...any tips?
#187 - james - 01/14/2012 - 17:57
If you have allergies to pollens you need to be careful of using honey because honey contains pollen. I tried using local honey and reacted to it because it had birch pollen in it.

Also, milk causes thick mucous and I would beware of any remedies involving milk if you have asthma. I'm allergic to milk proteins and always need to delete anything with milk proteins like caseinate and casein from all recipes and meals.

I have allergy induced asthma and use Breath Easy by Traditional Medicinals and it really helps.
#188 - allergiescauseasthma - 02/23/2012 - 22:33
DRINK HOT LEMON HONEY TEA, DRINK LOTS OF RAW ONIONS AND GET MORE RESCUE INHALERS IF YOU HAVE ASTHMA OR BRONCHITIS WITH YOUR DOCTORS HELP OF COURSE , AND GET LOTS OF REST AND LISTEN TO MUSIC, IT SHOULD ALL HELP YOU PEOPLE GET BETTER, ITS HELPING ME :) PLUS I HAVE MY 2 BAGS OF HALLS COUGH DROPS, VICKS VAPOR JAR AND THE HOT TEA IS READY. DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BREATHE AND SURVIVE THE COLD , COUGH, MUCOUS , WHATEVER .
#189 - SONICJET69 - 02/27/2012 - 23:44
Heres what you people really need to get better and survive your colds, flus, coughs, asthma or bronchitis.

1) Hot Honey Lemon Flavored Green, Jasmine or Black tea.

2) Vicks Vapor Jar

3) 2 Bags of cough drops: Halls Menthol and Honey Lemon.

4) Asthma / Bronchial Control-Rescue Inhalers with Albuterol medicine.

5) A light healthy meal with more fruits, fresh veggies, less meat and some bread or toast.

6) Lots of rest and mind-body healing.

7) Hot showers with steam and vicks vapor.

8) Specific natural foods like Onions, Oranges, Bananas, Pears, Grapes can help breathing.

9) Sometimes praying to god helps your mind ease your bodys pain.

and

10) Doctors visits if neccesary

Good Luck :)
#190 - SONICJET69 - 02/27/2012 - 23:50
I know my triggers and I exercise religiously every day. I do CrossFit and it is intense. My doc says to warm up...which most times can help, but a lot, it doesn't seem to make a difference. I find that even when I do my inhailer 30 min prior to each workout, I still have a difficult time, some worse than others, once my heart rate and breathing increase. I get so frustrated because in competitions I can't deal with an attack, muscle fatigue when oly lifting, it can make or break your competition. To me, this forum is overwhelming, and i am reading very mixed things. I want to know some really researched info, any one have a great link?? Not personal opinions?
#191 - Amber - 03/06/2012 - 12:36
Thanks to all, Let me see how far its going to save me, I have organized methods that don't need milk. will post all after my try
#192 - ramya - 03/12/2012 - 06:23
I learned a long time ago while using my inhaler in the hospital, the nurse suggested i use my inhaler in a different manner. I usually would just place my lips over the mouth of the inhaler, spray two puffs inhale and that was it. She (the nurse) taught me to inhale the medication and when i exhaled make a small opening with my two lips and blow air out in this manner, somehow this causes the lungs to open up and therefore get the most out of the medication. I hope this helps someone out and i hope there is a cure someday ...
#193 - luis davila - 03/13/2012 - 16:26
Air conditioners will cool the air reducing inflamation.
Run a cool mist humidifier, due to cool air is also dryer.
Many allergens can increase asthma problems. Try an antihistamine such as 24 HR Zyrtec to see if this helps your breathing improve. For those who have a hard time in winters cold air, such as my neice, this was remedied with a scarf in which to breathe thru, making the air more tolerable. Caffeine does work temp. but in high doses is not recommended with many steroidal asthma treatments. If you have just started having asthma following a bronchial inf. there may still be some of the bacteria still in your lungs causing the inflamation. If you are in your car and have an attack, immed. close your windows and turn on your air cond. Try to breathe slower breathes until the cool air helps open the airways. If you have a cough drop, this will help with the coughing fits until you can get to an inhaler, or help. Best wishes for you all.
#194 - N.D. - 04/12/2012 - 20:13
I am a 62 year old female who has been diagnosed with asthma since May of 2007 by a specialist. He gave a list or regimen to follow. When the airway begins to tighten and the coughing increases, I take a ceterizine (same as zyrtec only cheaper at WM and NO other active ingredient in it), 10 mg of prednisone, 50 mg of OTC benedryl capsules, nebulizer treatment (albuterol), and if it's really bad, I include claritin with the ceterazine, prednisone, and nebulizer. I stay indoors as much as possible. My windows have film coverinsg on them, plus I have drapes and wooden floors. I dust often and vacuum area rug frequently. I have a special mattress to cut down dust mites and my pillows are also covered with a zipped cover especially for people with allergies/asthma. I wash my bedding often and never wear the same clothes twice. I have several pairs of nike slides and wash them every time I take a shower Breathing cold air, exercise to the extreme, dust, pollen, trees, grasses - all contribute to an attack. I have poodles but I'm not allergic to them. (Go figure.) Going to an allergy specialist is important because he can diagnose whether you have copd (chronic bronchitis with chest congestion or you have asthma) and he will give you a treatment plan. I highly recommend using a nebulizer with albuterol misting with a mask or tube. I have an epi pen in my purse at my bedside and an extra one just in case I have a severe attack and my breathing passages close up completely. Being calm, laid back and proper breathing techniques helps a lot. Asthma can be controlled.
#195 - Cinda - 06/16/2012 - 01:27
I read several of the above comments. One thing some people are forgetting....... what works for ONE person may not work for the next person. Some people can get rid of a headache with Tylanol but will not work with all people. Same thing with cough medicine. If one medicine doesn't help you, switch to something else. The best way to find if any nof the above "remedies" will HELP you, is to try one until you find one that makes you feel better. So, I say, maybe cold air DOES help SOME people, while it may not help others. COLD AIR seems to help me better than HOT AIR!
#196 - Roger - 06/30/2012 - 11:48
One thing that works universallly for all the Asthma patients in breathing exercises, pranayamas, 15 minutes in a day will work wonders you will feel the change with in a month or two- no medicines no side affects.
#197 - Nivas - 11/09/2012 - 23:20
Anti-histamines have prevented me from hospital visits. Take Reactine or Alegra asap if feeling an attack coming on. Also Peppermint ESSENTIAL OIL from a health food store. And EUCALYPTUS ESSENTIAL OIL (only from recognized HEALTH FOOD STORES) Raw food Diet helps, swimming and walking. Low . nofat diets of RAW FOOD and all ORGANICS only!
wear a respirator or mask when raking leaves or a dust scarf when walking during pollen season, COFFEE works too as a stimulant - it helps. If breathing is bad read and practice BUTEYKO (Russian method of learning to breathe thru the NOSE vs. the mouth!...it works! exercise, no dairy, raw foods. less stress
#198 - norene - 02/18/2013 - 18:26
too bad you cannot print this - it is USELESS - why bother putting it out there - people are NOT going to remember all of this
#199 - Mae Ma - 06/10/2013 - 21:53
I am a huge sufferer of asthma its cost me a normal life and I must say times when I didn't have my inhaler I would go outside in the middle of winter and breathe, I can not be in the heat or hummid air or my asthma is set off full force no warning at all, I can not go out with my kids to play because of dust in the air, I drink coffee every morning, and hate it, and use a neb., and an inhaler, yet no relief plz someone help I want a normal life with my babies. . .
#200 - wendy - 07/23/2013 - 12:48
You all need to realized that asthma is a serious illness and different things work for different people. I have asthma since I was 7 yrs old am 41 now and recently figured out that when I feel like am about to have an asthma attack I get in my car roll window down and stick my head out of window to get that air and does help a lot specially when cool outside so for those that not agree everyone is different, but regardless of what works or not see a doctor right away for your own safety !
#201 - Veronica - 01/18/2014 - 09:31
eating dried flying lizard is the best way of curing asthma naturally.flying lizard is found in the philippines.
#202 - paul gallardo - 03/18/2014 - 06:41
I agree with Veronica my asthma is horrible and im using my machine right now i'm always in hosp. I'm from NY been In GA for 9 yrs and for past 3 yrs i've been in hell with lungs. I can't get ins and they won't give me any more steriods so im stuck with hosp. Cold air helps me to i'm drink hot water with garlic cloves in it to see if that helps. Asthma is evil and I feel for all who have it. I feel like i'm drowning when i can't breath so sad I have this all day and night with cough. Can someone tell me something that really works.
#203 - Kia - 04/21/2014 - 12:39
This is a great article. I’ve read in many other places before that but
I did not get this type of effective and more useful text. It is really important now to
vary your anchors as this seems more natural to user.
This article helped me a lot to understand information.
Nebulizer

#204 - Nebulizer - 07/03/2014 - 08:33
Hello,

I have been using ginger extract for curing asthma of my son and daughter. It really works especially when you pray to God before you let the patient take the ginger extract. I used it 3 times a day when cough/asthma attacks.
#205 - Aliesh Ganados - 07/27/2014 - 02:08
This is a great article. I’ve read in many other places before that but
I did not get this type of effective and more useful text. It is really important now to
vary your anchors as this seems more natural to user.
This article helped me a lot to understand information.
Nebulizer
#206 - Nebulizer - 08/02/2014 - 01:54
1 change your diet
2 Stay away from dairy products because it builds mucus in your system.
3 change your life style/smoking/drinking/alnight partying/second hand smoke
4 Eat more fruits and vegetables every day
5 watch your stress levels it is a big part of your Asthma attacks
6 Ginger Beer root/tea/apples all vitamin c fruits/citrus
7 All Green leafy vegetables/Asparagus/Flax seed. Eat in salads or Juice them every day.
8 vitamin D I am talking about the sun / stand or take a walk in the sun 15 to 20 minutes. this exercise is for people with light Asthma
9 Alkaline P.h. levels/ green leafy Vegetables
9 get rid of your wooly carpets in your homes/use tiles /vinyle because wooly carpets and pets are alike they trap pollen/dust/and other particles that triggers your Asthma.
You bring these things into your Homes with your Garments/Shoes everyday and leave them on your carpets.
10 drink more water everyday
I am not a doctor I am not trying to treat/diagnose anyone I am just giving information that works for me and it may work for you too.
#207 - SSeven - 08/20/2014 - 03:30
I would like to share my Asthma Story and what i learnt and how I am controlling it, I am an Indian so my English will not be up to the mark so bear with me.
Our Body constitution is made up of Vata (Gas), Pitta (Bile-HCL acid which aids in digestion) and Kapha (Phlegm), For a normal person all these three will be in a balance, for a Phlegm based Asthmatic body heat will be less, Digestion will be poor because of Bile generation is less.
I have read all the articles here, people one way or other have done some research on it as per their body constitution.
Now I will let you know Do's and Donts for Asthma:
Dont's:
1) Avoid all eatables in white: White sugar( dampens your body heat, reduces immunity), Cow milk (Packet or botteled) it produces Phlegm, dairy products, Juices with sugar, Fruits with high sugar level like banana, mango etc...Ice cream, Chilled drinks.
Only Beef suit my body and allergic towards Shell foods (Sea foods), Mutton and Chicken in moderation is ok.
2) Do's:
i) Spend lot of time outdoors in sunshine (Vit D) is really helpful, have warm fluids, instead of sugar sweeten with honey or stevia, avoid dust, pollution which inflams your lungs, eat in moderation not full stomach, eat only when you feel hungry, have whole grains,leafy vegetables, nuts (Not fatty nuts like cashew or peanuts which is hard to digest)...etc etc.....etc.....
Always take some herbal supplements which contains vitamins and minerals which improve your body immunity.presently I am taking Homeopathy medicine especially BioForce and other medicines prescribed by my doctor which keeps my Asthma under control
Try to avoid Inhaler because it doesnt have moisture content which will make your airways dry and damage it, instead have a nebuliser in house so that you can moisten your airways and will not cause rashes to your airways.
I dont want to Bore your further, why I am spending my time writting this is I know how painful is this disease if your cant breathe properly, and somebody will get benefit from my writing.
I also want to share and interact with you, if you want to interact please mail to [email protected]
Cheers,
Radjeshbabu
#208 - Radjeshbabu - 08/29/2014 - 22:29
Latest (ENT) doctor's guess is that I have asthma. Started spitting--not coughing--heavy mucus during trip to Mexico more than 4 years ago. Can't get a definitive diagnosis. Guesses include parasites, fungal infection/candidiasis, leaky gut, severe post-nasal drip. Need to clear throat for hours on waking and after eating. Everything on this blog sounds like things I have tried that help a little, but still spitting up 1/2 cup or more daily. Starting to cough more lately. How do you get a definitive diagnosis of asthma? What kind of specialty doctor do you see? So far, the best remedy I've found is homeopathic Borax, but it only works for a very short time. Thanks for any helpful comments or suggestions. Think I'll go stick my head in the freezer and see if that helps. At this point, I'll try anything!
#209 - MajorMucus - 09/12/2014 - 04:53
Another thing that I find helpful is Yoga Breathing . Take a beginners yoga class and they help you learn to be calm and control your breathing. This has saved me from having to go to a hospital on more than one occasion.
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#211 - natasha - 07/08/2015 - 03:04
I want to thank everyone here from webmaster to the last contributor to the comment section. Whenever had an asthma attack before yesterday afternoon. I am not officially diagnosed yet but the home remedies and other suggestions posted helped me get through the night I see my doctor tomorrow. I think it was an allergic reaction to a new medication. Merry Christmas
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#213 - Lynette Hillna - 06/09/2016 - 22:28
I have been suffering from (HERPES) disease for the last four years and had constant pain, especially in my knees. During the first year,I had faith in God that i would be healed someday.This disease started circulate all over my body and i have been taking treatment from my doctor, few weeks ago i came on search on the internet if i could get any information concerning the prevention of this disease, on my search i saw a testimony of someone who has been healed from (Hepatitis B and Cancer) by this Man Dr Lusanda and she also gave the email address of this man and advise we should contact him for any sickness that he would be of help, so i wrote to Dr. Lusanda telling him about my (HERPES Virus) he told me not to worry that i was going to be cured!! hmm i never believed it,, well after all the procedures and remedy given to me by this man few weeks later i started experiencing changes all over me as the Dr assured me that i have cured,after some time i went to my doctor to confirmed if i have be finally healed behold it was TRUE, So friends my advise is if you have such sickness or any other at all you can email Dr. Lusanda on : drlusandaherbal(AT)gmail(dot)com sir i am indeed grateful for the help i will forever recommend you to my friends!!! with your lovely Email Address drlusandaherbal(at)gmail(dot)com or website on www(dot)drlusandaherbal(dot)weebly(dot)com THANKS SO MUCH DOCTOR
#214 - Sarah - 06/20/2016 - 21:19
Tai chi (brilliant exercise) BTW in the uk 10 million asthma inhalers were WRONGLY PRESCRIBED TO suspected asthma sufferers in 2014/15 (someone please research those figures or confirm, thanks) Im not an asthma victim,but my wife is & SHE DOES ALL THE \"correct stuff\" keeps fit, knows her medication etc,etc, but still bad most days. anyway take everybody & good luck whatever you try
#215 - paul - 07/31/2016 - 03:10


hello everybody..........
i was diagnosed of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) 2014 ,so There are two medications that can only help me slow down the progression of IPF which was pirfenidone and nintedanib,so i chose
Pirfenidone helps to slow the development of scarring in the lungs by reducing the activity of the immune system. It's normally taken as capsules three times a day..i spent a lot of money taking this medication ,so one day Mrs linda posted a testimony saying Dr mapipa cured her of COPD,so copied the email address and website which are ;drmapipaherbalmedicinehome(at)gmail(dot)com, www(dot)drmapipaherbal(dot)weebly(dot)com.then i contact dr mapipa asking him if he can cure me of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF),he replied and said yes ,so i thought he was joking ,i just decided to try out his herbal medicine with faith ,then i purchased the herbal medicine ,which was not that expensive ,then Dr mapipa sent the herbal medicine to me through courier service ,after 2 days i received the herbal medicine ,then i called him ,he told me how to use the herbal medicine ,he said i will be cured within 4 weeks of usage ,so after 4 weeks of usage ,then i went for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) test ,the doctor confirmed that my lungs is 100% repaired ..thanks to Dr mapipa once again.GOD I WILL BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY .........
#216 - tracy - 08/17/2016 - 15:26
Today I'm so happy I'm free from Herb B disease with the help of Dr Ogun herbal medicine I'm so happy after the years i have been on this disease. i have spend much money on hospitals my doctor was just given me hope all the time, until i tried another hope by coming online to make some inquiry i found Mr Edred thanking Dr Ogun how he cure his cancer, i was surprise, then contacted Dr Ogun on his whatsapp Mr Eldred provided he replied and welcome me and i complain all my problems to him. He told me to not worry and tell me what to do of which i did, he prepare the medication and send to me through DHL i was surprise, he told me how to use of which i do i was shock after the two weeks he promise me i went for check my doctor was surprise and told me I'm herb B free. i was so happy till today. I'm sharing my good news to everyone here please if you have any health problem please contact him he will help you too. he is a good man. herbal medicine is the best. contact him on ([email protected], his whatsapp +2348086469340, i believe Dr Ogun will help you too.
#217 - adeboye - 10/23/2016 - 16:26
Please herbal medicine is a good remedy for Herpes, I was a carrier of Hepatitis B and I saw a testimony on how Dr. Ogun cure Hepatitis B, I decided to contact him, I contacted him and he guided me. I asked him for solutions and he started the remedies for my health. After he finish he sent me the herbs which i took for 10 days before going for a check up, getting to the hospital i could not believe that i was confirm Hepatitis B negative after the test,Today i am so happy because i'm free from Hepatitis B disease with the help of Dr. Ogun Thank God now everything is fine, I'm cured by Dr. Ogun herbal medicine, I'm very thankful to God for making it possible. you can reach him on his email i strongly recommend him to any one out here who could need his cure please don't die in silent. ([email protected], [email protected] and whatsapp him. +2348086469340. he said he has herbs cure for any herpes patients with herbal cream for any [@] and Breast enlargement. That is amazing. thank you Doctor God bless you.
#218 - james21 - 10/23/2016 - 16:30
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#219 - swapna - 12/09/2016 - 03:46
Hello every one,i am VINCENT TAMARA from texas i want to share to the general public on how i was cured of herpes by one Dr aziza . I have been living with herpes since 2012 until i found a post on how this same herbal man cured mrs gomez from mexico. As i saw the post i decided to give the same man a trier. Lo and behold the man gave me his word that after taking the medication for 3 weeks as he directed that i should go for medical check up.i did exactly what he said to my greatest surprise after the test i was herpes free. if you have same problem you can contact him via his email; [email protected]
#220 - tamara - 12/24/2016 - 00:09
THIS IS THE STORY AND GLORY OF MY LIFE HOW I WAS CURED FROM 10 YEARS DISEASE CALLED HERPES VIRUS 2, MY NAME IS WILSON ROWLAND FROM UNITED KINGDOM. ONCE AGAIN A BIG THANKS TO DR OLUWA WHO GOD SENT TO CURE OUR DISEASE. I ALOT OF MONEY TRYING TO CURE THIS VIRUS IN THE HOSPITAL AND MEETING THE WRONG PEOPLE FOR CURE. WELL MONEY WAS NEVER THE PROBLEM, BUT MY MIND WAS NEVER AT REST WHEN I DISCOVER THAT AM LIVING WITH THIS VIRUS, WITH MY ENTIRE FAMILY, MY LOVELY WIFE AND MY THREE KIDS, BUT AM GLAD TODAY THAT WE ARE FREE FROM THIS DISEASE. LET ME TELL YOU A LITTLE STORY, HOW I MEET DR OLUWA AND HOW HE DO HIS WORK. A FRIEND OF MY WHO WAS SUFFERING FROM CANCER AND HERPES VIRUS DIRECTED ME TO HIM AND I WAS REALLY READY TO GIVE HIM A TRY, TO GOD HOW MADE IT EVERYTHING WORK OUT PERFECTLY. OLUWA WILL NEVER ASK FOR MONEY BEFORE SENDING YOU HIS HERBAL CURE BUT ONCE YOU ARE CURED YOU PAY HIM BACK HIS MONEY, HE IS A GENEROUS MAN AND CAN ALSO SUPPORT YOU FINANCIALLY WHEN YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MONEY FOR THE CURE. IF WE HAVE TWO OF HIS KIND IN THIS HOLE WORLD MANY PEOPLE THAT BELIEVE HIS WORK AND TO GIVE IT A TRY WILL BE FREE FROM THIS VIRUS. HE NEVER TOLD ME TO ADVERTISE HIS WORK BUT AM JUST DOING IT BECAUSE I KNOW HOW IT HUNT TO HAVE THIS DISEASE, THAT WHY AM DROPPING HIS EMAIL ADDRESS SHOULD IN-CASE YOU NEED HIS HELP. [email protected] THANKS FOR YOUR LOVE AND CARE FOR YOU ARE LIKE A FATHER TO ME.
#221 - Wilson Rowland - 01/04/2017 - 11:29
Hi everyone I want to appreciate the great work of Dr joel, I have been diagnose of herpes infection for a period of 2years,I’ve lose all hope that there is no cure and I have been taken medicine to sustain myself till I got to know about Dr. joel through a friend who he cured of Hiv. I contacted him and he sent me a Herbal Medicine which I took as prescribed for some period of days and I went to the hospital after consuming the Herbal medicine and I was confirmed Herpes Negative after 2 years of being positive, it is indeed a miracle, Dr joel is a great man, I have heard so much about how he has help lot of people, if you have any issue you can contact him for help. Email: [email protected] or you whatsapp him on +2349063798253 While I was on his medication I understood that he can also cure HERPES, HIV/AIDS, ASEPSIS, CANCER, Male/female menopause, Miscarriage, Menstruation problem and many more. Contact him today and get your problem solved
#222 - donald joy - 01/05/2017 - 00:08
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