What Home Remedies for Asthma Worked for Us?

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What Home Remedies for Asthma Worked for Us?

I have a message for the curious and skeptics alike: home remedies for asthma changed my family’s life, and they can change your life, too.

I wasn’t born with asthma. But the person I love most in the world was, suffering through it off and on until we met in our early twenties, fell in love and eventually got married. Unfortunately, marital bliss didn’t keep his symptoms at bay.

And there’s nothing worse than watching someone you love struggling to breathe.

Medicine alone wasn’t able to keep my husband from waking up wheezing in the middle of the night. Or reaching for his puffer multiple times a day.

So in recent years, we’ve turned to home remedies for asthma. Through trial and error, we’ve come up with a system that has drastically reduced my husband’s asthma and increased his quality of life.

Nick was diagnosed with asthma as a young child. He took prednisone and flovent most of his life to keep symptoms under control. Thanks to the methods we’ll outline on this website, we’ve been able to drastically reduce his dependence on steroids and inhalers.

He’s cut out his preventative inhaler completely. He barely uses his blue ventolin rescue inhaler, usually only when he has a cold or flu. And he just breathes better.

That’s why we’re sharing our experience.

Home remedies for asthma worked for us, but the sheer amount of information online and in print can be overwhelming – and sometimes questionable. So we’re compiling legitimate, healthy ways to treat your asthma at home. We’ve done it all, read it all, researched it all, and we want to show you what actually works.

These remedies can have a dramatic effect, but there’s a huge caveat. First, there is no one guaranteed ‘cure’ that is going to work for all sufferers. It is extremely important to keep an open mind and a flexible strategy. Most likely it is going to be a combination of treatments and activities that works for you. All our suggested remedies are essentially harmless, so take a ‘try and see’ approach.

And when your treatments start working (they will!), don’t assume that being incident free is the same thing as being ‘cured.’ Talk to your doctor about your asthma medication, and never stop any treatment without their approval. While we believe in alternative treatments, we can’t overstate the importance of your regular medicine, too.

The main goal of this website is to show you how you can lessen your dependence on your steroid inhalers (which will also help you save money), cut your time in clinic waiting rooms and especially in emergency rooms, and – this is key – make your life so much easier. These ideas can literally take that proverbial weight off your chest.

We’ve broken down alternative treatments for asthma into 5 separate categories, so you can pick and chose which work best for you, for now. When used in conjunction with your doctor’s recommendations, these simple strategies will let you treat many of the symptoms and causes of your asthma at home.

1. Buteyko Breathing and More Breathing Techniques

If you’re like the majority of North Americans, you’ve probably never heard of Buteyko, and that’s a shame. It was the Buteyko Method that first opened the door to personal asthma treatment for us; as soon as Nick began practicing it we immediately noticed an improvement, and nothing has done more to treat his symptoms.

Buteyko is a breathing method developed by a doctor in the old Soviet Union who dedicated his life to understanding and treating asthma through the way that we breath. Through studying the levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide in his patient’s blood, Dr. Buteyko discovered that asthmatics actually have higher levels of oxygen than normal.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but people with asthma are actually overbreathing. Reducing overbreathing (otherwise know as hyperventilating) can and will greatly reduce your asthma symptoms. This is done through breathing exercises and eliminating mouth-breathing.

We love Buteyko because it’s free and effective. In fact, of all the home remedies for asthma-sufferers, this is the only one with legions of adherents who consider themselves “cured”. It works for children and adults, and by focusing on reduced breathing, it’s relaxing. I don’t have asthma, but I often do Buteyko breathing exercises with Nick, just because.

Buteyko is becoming increasingly popular and has already gained headway in Europe, New Zealand and Australia, but it is still not broadly known or recognized. Certainly we need more standardized testing of the process. Remember that one hundred years ago, Westerners didn’t know much about yoga, and probably wouldn’t have believed it’s many now proven health benefits either. If nothing else, Buteyko breathing is a free and easy relaxation method, and any asthmatic will tell you how important simply being able to relax is in relieving symptoms.

Not convinced or ready to start? Here’s some more articles for you to explore:

Is Overbreathing Causing my Asthma?
Top 5 Reasons to Try Buteyko
A Little Buteyko Goes A Long Way
A Simple Buteyko Trick To Sleep Better

One of the only downfalls of the Buteyko Method is its complexity. It requires a commitment that can be hard to follow. Despite the profound effects we’ve seen, we still don’t practice as regularly as we should, nor is Nick a “pure” Buteyko practitioner.

That’s why all asthma-sufferers should know some simple breaking techniques that can also help them breathe easier. We all know that stress triggers and worsens asthma. Learning to focus and control the breath is calming in and of itself, and can also help your symptoms.

Yoga, yogic breathing and meditation and even physiotherapy all have proven health benefits, and they can help you breathe better, too. Learning to use your diaphragm can also be very helpful.

If you’re interested in learning more, then we also recommend this inexpensive book:

 

2. Nasal Health

Tissues for treating nasal issues associated with asthmaPhlem, stuffiness, clogged noses, sore throats – asthma does not paint a pretty picture. Asthma often walks hand in hand with nasal issues. And when you’re clogged up and breathing through your mouth all day and night, your nose doesn’t get to do it’s job of warming and filtering the air you breath. Get your nasal health under control, and you’ll be breathing so much easier. Here’s some good places to start:

How To Unblock Your Nose Without Nasal Spray
Cheap Nasal Strips and More

 


3. Natural Remedies

Tea, a home remedy for treating asthmaNo one here is suggesting that all asthma medicine is inherently bad for you – black and white thinking in either Western or alternative medicine is misguided at best. But it’s ok to want to have to use it as little as possible. Some people even manage to go medicine free – Nick has gone as long as 16 months without needing his puffer.

If we’re being honest, we’ve only found a few natural remedies we like. In general, we don’t use any herbs or supplements. But we have found some all-natural ‘cures’ that we like, and that make us healthier.

However, we still believe that asthma treatments have to be personal. You never know what will work for you, or why. And even if a placebo means you use your inhaler less, that’s a good thing in our book.

So in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle and proper breathing, natural treatments are worth exploring.

 

4. Life Style and Trigger Avoidance

Your probably know that lifestyle plays a huge role in managing asthma. It’s sad but true: junk food and couch potato-living hurts more than your waistline.

Lifestyle is one of the simplest and most effective ways to treat your asthma at home, but we get it – it can also be the hardest. We love binging on pizza late at night, but knowing it’ll wake you up phlegmy and wheezing does lessen the appeal. Still, eating right and exercising is difficult for everyone, not just asthmatics.

That’s why I’m happy to report that lifestyle changes don’t have to be dramatic to make a difference. Nick has found that there’s nothing like consistently drinking 8-10 glasses of water a day for keeping his symptoms at bay. Of course staying hydrated is good for everyone – so why not give it a try?

That’s our approach to all life style strategies for treating asthma. If it’s generally healthy, why not try?
Our recommended lifestyle changes are simple and (usually) easy, and they’re good for you no matter what your lungs are up to.

And of course, no one needs to tell you anymore that smoking is bad for asthma, right?

5. Self-Monitoring

Time to bust out the old diary. Keeping track of your asthma symptoms is the best way to know what’s working, and to see if you’re getting better. Some people find it quite helpful to use a peak flow meter. We personally just follow these simple steps to creating a good asthma journal. Whichever works best for you, make sure to not only keep a journal, but also to re-read it regularly, too. You never know which patterns might appear.

We’re really excited to put together this blog to help people figured out which home remedies for asthma will work for them. Remember that you really can play a major role in how much asthma has to affect your life. Keep reading, talk to your doctor, and please reach out and let us know – have alternative treatments helped you, and if so, which ones? Inquiring minds want to know!

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