Anybody try homeopathic remedies for asthma?

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Free Spirit
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   Posted 11/11/2011 6:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I recently was told that ajwain seeds were good for asthma symptoms. The rescue inhaler does not always work when I'm asthmatic. Of course, it is important to check with my doctor before trying anything.

Does anyone use natural remedies for their asthma? I'd love to hear about it. :-)


Free Spirit

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 11/12/2011 6:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Coffee. There is a chemical in coffee that helps open the airway. Breathe in the coffee and drink a little. And use your rescue inhaler. By the way, you are always aasthmatic because you have asthma. You have flare ups just as all of us, which is an asthma attack.

Here's something though. Do Not do just natural remedies to control it. Because you don't realize how serious asthma is. I've nearly died because of a few of my asthma attacks, right down to where the hospital said "if you came in 30 minutes later we wouldn't have been able to save you. there is nothing we could of done but called your death." When your rescue inhaler doesn't work CALL 911, GO TO HOSPITAL. Don't take it for granted like I did, you don't want to be in the position I was in. That day I was told that, there was no receptionist to check me in. I stumbled in the ER, I knew I was going to black out and it wouldnt be good. I looked frantically for anyone, and a guy in scrubs saw me looking frantic so he came over and asked if he could help me, I handed him my inhaler and lost conciousness. I woke up with oxygen, a blood pressure cuff, pulse ox meter, heart monitor on... in a wheel chair right in the waiting room. They woke me up with smelling salts. I came to, they said "good shes awake lets go" next I know, I'm in a room and someone is shoving the ever so lovely nebulizer in my face, the one with the oxygen mask... i seriously had to do 3 treatments... oxygen threw my nose and a mask on doing the treatment. The point of telling you what happened to me is to make you realize to stop gambling with your life. Get your asthma under control, even ask your doctor for preventive medications.... I take alvesco every day. When Im ill, I do alvesco, combivent, flovent, and a neb treatment every 4-6 hours. Pay attention to your body, and don't end up like I did.
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jdsong
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   Posted 11/13/2011 12:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have the same problem my rescure inhaler does not always help with some of my attacks. Today I drank coffee and had hot peppers on my turkey sandwich and wow!! I really did feel better with my breathing. Those thinks really opened me up. Not sure how long it will last but any relief is better then none!!

Free Spirit
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   Posted 11/13/2011 1:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you SmurfyShadow. I understand that asthma can be serious. My doc told me that mine is reflux induced, therefore within my control. Every once in a while, certain foods bother me, and an asthma attack follows, typically less than once a month. By sticking to a reflux-reducing diet, I do not need daily medication. Sorry for the choice of wording in my earlier post...the doctors do not correct me when I call getting an asthma attack "becoming asthmatic".

During a pulmonary function test, the type of medication in my rescue inhaler offered no change in my lung function, and I was told that my lungs were as strong as the firefighter's who are regularly tested. Yet a doctor witnessed one of my episodes, and was able to say it was definitely an asthma attack. Seems as if I need to ask some more questions about my condition.

If you have any ideas, please let me know. Asking the right questions makes all the difference. :-)


jdsong, thanks for your post. Being as my asthma is reflux induced, hot peppers would send me flying tongue Glad they worked for you. Maybe you need to talk with your doctor if the rescue inhaler does not always do the trick. After reading SmurfyShadow's post, I'm going to talk to mine for sure.

jdsong
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   Posted 11/13/2011 5:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I also have GERD/ acid reflux. I take one Prilosec a day for mine. Have been on Prilosec for 15 years now. I can eat hot peppers I guess cause the Prilosec helps me. :) I had the methacoline challange test done for my asthma symtoms and it took 5 doses before my airways reacted. Then my pulmonary Dr told me I had enough of a improvement after a breathing treatment to be consider mild asthma.  I normally never need inhalers but once every few years I get a spell/flairs where I need asthma inhalers and Prednisone for maybe a month or two. Well this flair I have now has been a month and still fighting to breath most days. I think stress flaired my and allergies. Hoping to get it under control soon. As for my acid reflux I feel its well controlled most the time with my one Prilosec. I get very nausious with my acid reflux and Prilosec really helped with that. Im glad diet has helped yours. That great!

Alcie
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   Posted 11/14/2011 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Free Spirit.

Are you keeping track of your foods so you know which ones are your specific triggers? It's not terribly uncommon for specific foods, not necessarily so-called reflux foods like spicy or acidic foods, but also ingredients or preservatives in the foods to trigger reactions. My reaction is heart arrhythmias, usually tachycardia. I can't eat gelatin, pork, maple syrup, corn starch and other seemingly unrelated foods.

You can look up lots of posts by putting keywords like food journal and challenge testing in the search box at the top of the page. I don't know of any specific studies on asthma, but there are lots of studies on "cardioesophageal relfex" (not reflux) or linked angina - see google, maybe put in asthma as a search word.

My main specific trigger is sulfite (SO3). Other people have lots of different triggers. I've had my colon trigger my heart when I had an abscess. I've been to the ER for eating cherries and a single puff of albuterol too.
Alcie
 
 

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 11/15/2011 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Upon reading your also dx'ed with acid reflux, I'd suggest taking 1 teaspoon of baking soda and mixing it in 8 oz of lukewarm water. I will tell you, doesn't take good but it sure makes you belch all that reflux out. maybe checking wiht your doctor to see if you can do that before meals will keep you from having attacks. you can also do a cocktail i personally like of protonix and prilosec (doctor monitored). Talk to you doctor for sure.
"The Walking Medical Mystery"

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Free Spirit
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   Posted 12/6/2011 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks so much everyone. I've been paying closer attention to my body, and my heartbeats are

irregular, the breathing problem was fear. During the first attack I had after reading your posts, I

started breathing deeply, just to see what was going on. My lungs were fine. Also, only certain

foods, or eating over a certain amount in one sitting cause the symptoms. Alcie, what type of doctor

diagnosed you?

Pyro Shooter
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   Posted 12/9/2011 1:33 AM (GMT -6)   
i'm with SmurfyShadow on this one! People dont realize just how serious it is. I just got discharged yesterterday after 4 days in the hospital. I would downplay my asthma like it would always be treatable or easily enough handled, take a couple puffs and i'd be ok. I guess i downplayed it one too many times. I'm still strugling and still scared, trying to get things to settle down enough to live. Don't abandon your proven prescription regimate looking for an alternative that may leave you screwed. I have a whole new respect for this condition that just about took me out this week. Sure would be nice if there was a magic potion, but i fear no such thing exists!!!

rjbeck
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   Posted 12/9/2011 4:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Coffee is a natural bronchodialator because of the caffeine and a form of theophylline in the coffee is also a bronchodialator. After working as a Respiratory therapist for 15yr's I've seen many people die from ignoring there asthma. I have had asthma for 20+yr's and have been hospitalized many time's because I thought my symptom's were not that bad. I have a rule I go by. If I am short of breath or have a wheeze and using my inhaler 3 times doesn't work I get help ...I work on my breathing daily by eating smaller meals wearing the correct clothing when it's cold outside and make sure I use my corticosteroid (Advair) daily. And just use common sense the rest of the day...
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