with it and it was awful. Any natural things to do for asthma?
Hi! I have been asthmatic since I was an infant. I use a lot of herb teas. You can buy blends that help with breathing or pick/buy individual herbs to blend for your own medicinal/taste purposes. There is an herb, not sure if it is still available, but you can find about anything on the internet, called Chinese Ephedra, from which the medicine ephedrine can be derived. It helps with asthma/breathing problems. It is one to be careful of with any heart related symptoms or with heart disease in general. Another herb is wild cherry bark which is very helpful for those coughs that last for weeks and make your ribs hurt. You just bring the bark to a boil for 10-15 minutes. You can sweeten with honey. Honey seems to help also. There is also an herb called Coltsfoot, which for some reason, they suggest you smoke it. I have also used it for tea, because smoking and helping breathing are just contradictory in my brain. These are just a few of the herbs that are out there, there are lots of good herb books that give different suggested herbal treatments. Check out your library and see if there is something maybe you would like to try. Another thing I have heard of and tried with a sudden onset of wheezing after standing in cold air, a cup of hot black coffee helped open up the airways. It was unexpected, I had heard of it before and it definitely helped when I did not have an inhaler immediately available.
Even with everything I told you, I am still on prescription meds for asthma. I recently saw a specialist and she fine-tuned my meds and put me on a new steroid type inhaler called Dulera, I am also on Singulair, Ventolin, a daily zyrtec and when needed I use an albuterol solution in a nebulizer. I think it depends on the severity and frequency of symptoms as far as how many medicines you will need. If you have allergies a specialist can test you and find out what allergies might trigger asthma symptoms.
If you can journal about it, keep track of foods, animals, environmental chemicals or whatever you are exposed to, physical exercise, weather exposure or emotional experiences, you can begin to see the pattern and figure out what you might be sensitive to. Everyone has different triggers, allergies, and sensitivities. When you figure out what your's are, you can either avoid them or be prepared for them.
Personally, I have become very fond of breathing, especially since my asthma has become more controlled. I love my dog and cat, the dog never bothered me, but the cat did, and sometimes still does. But I love her and she is part of the family, so every once in a while I have to take an extra zyrtec or use my rescue inhaler. But since the Dulera, I use the rescue inhaler a lot less. I hope you have a good doctor to help you figure it all out. Good luck and I hope this helps.
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