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I've had asthma all my life and I've tried everything. The only thing that helps is my rescue inhaler and nebulized albuterol. I was wondering if anyone had some natural ways to keep it at bay as well as something to help with attacks.
 
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I found that for myself, asthma has clear external causes, which you can tease apart by process of elimination.  In my case all four turned out to be things I'm unable or unwilling to rid my life of completely...wood smoke, wine, cold, and cats!  But my inhaler regime keeps it under control pretty well these days.  But every little bit helps...at least I know to wash my hands after handling the cats!
 
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Mine is stemmed from allergies, most of which is outdoor allergies and kinda hard to avoid that as I'm an outdoor man. As for my indoor allergies those are kept to a minimum. I love my inhaler and don't plan to get rid of it but they are expensive.
 
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Look online for overseas pharmacies.  I've had good luck finding inhalers, both albuterol and steroids, at deep discount and without prescription!
 
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I also suffer from asthma, though it's not nearly bad now as it was when I was younger.
I find that hot drinks help me breathe when wheezy, especially if it's from cold dry air. Coffee is supposed to work fairly well to treat attacks, since caffeine does act as a bronchodilator.
If your asthma is triggered by allergies, local honey made from the plants common in the area can help your body react less intensely to these plants' pollen in the future, though this is not a terribly fast process. There are also herbs like tumeric, grindelia, nettle, and gingko biloba, that some people claim to have used to great effect. I'm of the belief that herbal remedies are often very personal, so your mileage may vary.
Good luck!
 
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Around 15-17 years ago I had very severe asthma/allergies.  It's something that I was plagued with since birth/toddler.  I have no way to convey into words how terrible it was, and the only people who really know, are those who experience it on the same level.  Going to the ER because you can't breathe SUCKS.

Here's what I've learned in all those years.  And it was many years of progressive learning and experience to reach the level where I'm at today.  But first and foremost, the one thing that made a huge difference for me was to stop eating all dairy and grain.  That alone made enough of a difference that I wasn't in serious pain all day for months on end.  And when I gave into those foods, I paid the price.  The one thing that made the hugest difference was adopting a raw food lifestyle.  It wasn't full on raw all the time, but it was in large part the majority of how I ate.  I should add, raw food produce...not raw animals.  This was the beginning of my education.

Long story short, here's the very basics of what I've learned.  The human body has a lymph system.  The lymphatic system is how the body removes all the cellular waste from all the trillions of cells that make up the human body.  And the more I cleansed my body and got my lymphatic system functioning, the less I experienced any allergies/asthma.  To the point where it totally went away, and family members who had much less severe allergies than I, were having constant reactions even as I was outside with them.  And they began asking what I was doing, because they knew I had it to the extreme.  I explained, but they just wanted me to tell them of a drug...so they still suffer to this day.

The best way I've experienced to cleanse the body is through hydration and alkalization from raw produce.  And at some point I took it on and decided to experience it at the top levels of hydration through eating the majority of my meals as sweet/ripe/juicy fruits.  I could go on, but it's very simple.  The foods we eat will either heal us and provide us with life, or it will do the opposite.  The more you cleanse your body by eating foods that the human body is meant to thrive upon, the more you will experience healings and the removal of all disease/etc.  It can be hard to let go of all the programming that we've been entrenched with telling us what to eat.  There are only a handful of people out there giving it straight who really know how the body heals from all ailments/conditions/disease.  The rest just really don't have a firm grasp on human physiology, or they're chasing the dollar at any cost.

If you're willing to change your lifestyle/eating habits, then you can get rid of the asthma/allergies.  And you don't need to go full bore to experience results.  You will experience results even with small changes and especially if you're willing to do some cleanses by eating raw produce, especially if the majority of it is fruit.  I could type for hours on this subject...and I have, LOL.  But it's easier for me to just suggest everyone do their own research and I'll just give you the shortcuts.  Check out Dr. Morse on youtube if you want to learn more.  It took me many years to reach this level of understanding, but it's undeniable at this point, especially once you experience it first hand.  And maybe I should add, this is a journey/path/lifestyle and needs to be approached as such.  People that are looking for a pill or think they can do a 3 day cleanse and be all better, constantly experience failure.  But those that approach it with a mentality of lifestyle changes, experience success.
 
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I have the type of asthma that kills.  The main thing I have found that really makes a huge difference - better than prescriptions - is a Chinese herb called Dang Shen or Codonopsis.  That, alone has been an absolute life saver.  I also find that my asthma flares up much less if I drink water kefir and kombucha daily.  Beyond that, there are many herbs traditionally used for bronchial issues - sage, mint, horehound, angelica, etc - that I try to keep on hand/growing.  They don't do much in comparison to dang shen, but they do help.  Ma Huang, also called Chinese Ephedra, is very good for emergencies... but will definitely elevate blood pressure and heart rate. 
 
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When my husband and I began eating low carb, to help combat his type 2 diabetes, we noticed that we had other health benefits, including a huge reduction in asthma.  My husband used to use need his inhalers multiple times a day, but these days he uses the regular one about twice a week.  It's called salbutamol here, but I'm guessing it's the same as albuterol.  He takes the steroid one once a day.

I also have asthma, though far less severe that my husband's.  I used to get it from my allergies which I would scrupulously avoid--so I didn't notice any changes to it until the first Christmas after our diet change when we visited his family;  their house had all my triggers, including cats, dogs, carpets and cigarette smoke.  And I magically did not get any allergic symptoms including asthma:  I sneezed twice and that was it;  I didn't even get a runny nose or itchy eyes.  From then on, I could sit with everyone in the carpeted living room, instead of hiding in the kitchen or out in the garden and hoping someone would come in once in a while...

Our low carb changes meant we completely cut out wheat, corn, soy, and vegetable oils.  I drastically cut (and my husband completely cut): all other grains including rice, potatoes, and sugar.  We also added animal fats such as butter, cream, lard, and tallow--and fatty cuts of meat. 
 
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Joshua Parke wrote:Around 15-17 years ago I had very severe asthma/allergies.  It's something that I was plagued with since birth/toddler.  I have no way to convey into words how terrible it was, and the only people who really know, are those who experience it on the same level.  Going to the ER because you can't breathe SUCKS.



Been there done that, I've been to the ER several times as a child and once as an adult.

It went away around the time I went to college, so much so that I could have passed MEPS for the Navy at least on that part.

It came back shortly after that and ended my hopes of a Navy career.

I'm interested in this lifestyle you mention, maybe it would also relieve my dermatitis/heat rash. Ill look into the Dr you mentioned as well as the herbs others have mentioned.
 
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One quick remedy to keep on hand, if you find it works for you, is fennel essential oil.  It is a bronchiodilator.  A person can just smell it and open up their tubes, usually.

Other than that, I've found that some people with asthma actually have a reaction to something else- like an allergy.  My mom was diagnosed with asthma in childhood, and later found it was actually a cat allergy.  After some years of homeopathic cat (literally, a homeopathic made from cat dander), she finally lost her severe reaction.  It's been wonderful.

Some other people I've known with asthma were actually sensitized to a biotoxin (like from certain molds, certain algaes, Lyme disease or even certain spider bites), which gave them sensitivity recations (like asthma) as their system wore down.  I explain what biotoxin is and what biotoxin-induced illness looks like on my website, www.treyandkim.com  I had this problem, but asthma wasn't my manifestation.  However I've met others where biotoxin-induced did manifest as asthma.

Good luck getting to the bottom of it.  It can be done, as some of the people above have mentioned.  Meanwhile, stay safe!

 
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Garlic. Garlic has been used as a natural remedy to manage many diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease, because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Since asthma is an inflammatory disease, it would make sense that garlic may also help relieve asthma symptom.Turmeric has been the subject of a number of studies, says Peters, and it has been found to have some anti-allergy properties.Honey is an ingredient in many cough and cold remedies, used to help sooth an irritated throat and calm a cough.
 
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