15 Folk Remedies For Asthma

November 04, 2019

15 Folk Remedies For Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting the airways. People with asthma suffer symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and difficulty breathing. The airways are sensitive to stimuli such as tobacco, pollution, dust, pollen and other allergens. Intense exercise can also trigger asthma symptoms. Unfortunately, conventional approaches to asthma include drugs such as steroids which come with terrible side effects. Long term use of these drugs is certainly not conducive to one’s well being. Fortunately, there are also some natural, proven remedies for asthma that have benefitted people. Let us take a look at ways to overcome asthma naturally and permanently.

1. Avoid Triggers

One of the natural remedies for asthma is avoiding its trigger factors. Stay away from polluted areas, cigarette smoke, industrial pollutants and vehicular traffic. Avoid walking or jogging near highways or on roads with trucks, cars and buses. If possible, move to an area with higher ozone levels and lower pollution levels. Avoid heavy exercise as that could trigger symptoms. As much as possible, stay in a climate controlled environment. Run a humidifier in winters to prevent dry air from irritating the airways.

2. Limit Your Exposure to Triggers

It might not always be possible to avoid the triggers mentioned above. So, if  possible, try to limit your exposure to them as much as possible. If, for example, intense exercise triggers wheezing and coughing, you could go for low-intensity activities like walking, swimming, yoga, etc. Learn to breathe properly and do not overexcite your body.

3. Eliminate the Use of Plastic, Phthalates and Carpets

Current research shows that PET plastics, formaldehyde and other household allergens are major triggers of asthma. Many household products contain antimony, a natural metalloid, that can lead to asthma in kids. Antimony causes toxic overload on the liver, causing inflammation in the body. It also increases leukotrienes which are the root cause of asthma and wheezing. Antimony is also found in tetra packs used for juices, soft drinks and other food and beverage items. Eliminate these products from your life as much as possible. If you have old carpets and rugs in your workplace or house, they could also be trigger factors.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

Take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water, daily, first thing upon waking up. Make sure you dilute the vinegar well as it can cause pain and intense burning. Drink it with a full glass of water or juice. Do this daily to see a marked difference in your symptoms.

Although drinking vinegar doesn’t affect the airways, ingesting apple cider vinegar is a common folk remedy for GERD, or acid reflux, which is the back up of acid into the esophagus.  A reaction to GERD could be a narrowing of the airways, including an asthma like hoarseness & cough.

5. Coconut Oil

Drinking a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil daily can reduce inflammation and heal your airways. Use only cold pressed virgin coconut oil. You can mix it up with some juice or use it on salads, or for cooking your meals.

6. Aloe Vera Juice

Aloe juice is known to heal inflamed lungs and airways and could help to overcome the asthma cough naturally. Drink aloe juice by mixing it with a bit of orange juice or water. Many folk remedies suggest using a mixture of aloe vera and egg whites to prevent asthma related wheezing and coughing. Beat the aloe gel with egg whites and sip this mixture. With daily use, your asthma attacks will stop permanently.

7. Cayenne Pepper

Many experts recommend cayenne pepper as the emergency home remedy for an asthma attack. Simply mix a teaspoon of cayenne pepper with a glass of water or orange juice. Drink the mixture to stop wheezing and coughing.  So powerful is this remedy that several asthmatics actually carry cayenne pepper in their purse alongside their inhaler.

  8.  Buteyko Method of Deep Breathing

Deep breathing exercises can be considered the best medicine for asthma and the Butyeko method is precisely that. It involves inhaling deeply and then closing the mouth and nose while walking around until you cannot bear it any longer. Then stand still and breathe normally, counting to 60 seconds. Then walk around again while holding your breath. Do this for a total of 6 times, morning and evening each, and you will notice a marked reduction in your asthma triggers. The reason why Butyeko method works is because asthmatics tend to be mouth breathers and the technique corrects their breathing. Many asthmatics have resolved their asthma naturally and permanently with the Buteyko method.

9. Herbal Tea

Drink tea made of licorice, rose hips and ginseng. Licorice helps reduce adrenal stress, rose hips lower lung tissue inflammation and ginseng is beneficial for respiratory problems. The tea will energize your body and also prevent allergy related asthma attacks.

10. Ginger

Ginger is an anti-inflammatory herb and its gingerol compounds soothe inflamed airways to prevent wheezing, coughing and breathing difficulty. Add ginger to your tea, soups and broths or take ginger extract capsules to prevent asthma flareups.

11. Coffee

The best medicine for asthma when you do not have an inhaler is caffeine. Drink a cup of strong black coffee until you can get help.

12. Colloidal Silver

Add a few drops of colloidal silver in your nebulizer and use it for 10 minutes in the morning and again 10-15 minutes before bed. This will help you sleep better and avoid wheezing and coughing at night.

13. Cold Showers

Cold showers strengthen immune function and could reduce asthma attacks. You can alternate between cold and hot showers –take hot water for 10 seconds followed by cold for 10-15 seconds and so on. Start with shorter time intervals until you are able to take cold showers for at least 30-60 seconds at a stretch.

14. Dietary Changes

 Certain dietary changes are known to reduce asthma attacks permanently and naturally. Avoid dairy products, gluten and wheat. Eat organic, natural foods and follow an alkaline diet as much as possible. Limit intake of red meat, sugar, refined foods, nightshade vegetables (tomatoes, bell peppers, potatoes, eggplants), artificial sweeteners, preservative laden foods, and foods with dyes and chemicals. Lower your intake of salty foods. Avoid or limit alcohol. Many drugs and medicines can also trigger asthma—so be cautious about taking any meds unless prescribed by your doctor.

15. Take Supplements

Certain supplements are known to benefit asthma sufferers. These include:

  • Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids – These prevent inflammation and help line the airways with beneficial fats to protect them from allergens. 
  • Probiotics - Probiotics increase the natural arsenal of beneficial bacteria in the intestines to boost immunity and fight harmful bacteria. Apart from taking supplements, you can eat fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, kefir, etc., to strengthen your body from the inside. These foods are naturally rich in good bacterium like Lactobacillus acidophilus and could lessen the severity of allergies and asthma attacks.
  • MSM – MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane. Many doctors are recommending MSM as a miracle cure for pain and inflammatory conditions such as fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic back pain, migraines, TMJ, PTSD pain, etc. Some experts also believe that MSM can benefit allergic rhinitis and asthma sufferers. Start with a dose of 250 mg per day or as advised by your doctor. Asthmatics report feeling like ‘getting a new pair of lungs’ thanks to MSM supplementation.

We hope these 15 remedies and tips help you keep your asthma in control.  What sorts of things have you done to overcome asthma? Please share.

 

References

1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5858259/

 

2 https://www.livestrong.com/article/27923-apple-cider-vinegar-remedy-asthma/

3 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamapediatrics/article-abstract/517648

4 https://www.webmd.com/asthma/news/20040525/fiery-hot-therapy-improves-asthma

 

5 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buteyko_method

 

6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20091514

7 https://patch.com/michigan/macomb/bp--gluten-and-nightshades-dont-let-your-diet-eat-awaf79177b504

8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6338947/

9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5534455/

10 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6293242/

11 https://archive.earthclinic.com/cures/asthma7.html#msm

 

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