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Buteyko Breathing: How to Stop Asthma Wheezing Without Medication

Updated on April 13, 2017
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Mom of 3 sons and avid traveler. My family has dealt with breathing problems for 30 years.

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Buteyko Breathing Steps

  1. Relax (not easy when your breathing is distressed).
  2. Exhale as long as you can.
  3. Hold your breath. When you can't hold it any longer...
  4. Inhale deeply through your nose. You must inhale through your nose so that the air is cleaned, moisturized, and warmed. This works even if your nose is stuffed or runny.
  5. Repeat as necessary.

Sunday Night Allergy Attack

It's Sunday night, and my son, Aaron, is coughing. He woke up this morning coughing, and tonight the coughing has turned to wheezing. The wheezing makes a squeaking sound as he inhales and exhales.

Outside, the fruitless mulberry trees, junipers, and sycamores are in full bloom. As the temperature drops outside, the moisture in the air increases, and the pollen settles to the ground. This results in a higher concentration of pollen during the evening hours. Aaron is going to have trouble if something doesn't change.

We don't have an inhaler anywhere in the house. Nobody has needed one in months. His brother, who lives across town, probably has a Ventolin inhaler, so we could try borrowing his. The closest emergency room is 25 miles away. Aaron seems annoyed by the wheezing; he's not distressed or frightened. If he becomes distressed or frightened, we will go immediately to the hospital.

The Peter Principle says, "If anything can go wrong it will." I would add to that: "It will go wrong on a Saturday or a Sunday night." On a weekday, you can call the doctor and go for an evaluation during business hours. There's less anxiety, and no one needs to consider a trip to the emergency room.

A Word of Caution

Before getting into the details of the Buteyko breathing technique, I want to stress that if you are new to breathing and/or asthma issues, please do not try to diagnose or treat on your own. Go immediately to your doctor or to the emergency room.

Having a deep understanding of asthma, allergies, and wheezing is vital when dealing with a breathing crisis. My family has dealt with breathing problems for 30 years. Any parent who has asthma or has a child with asthma has a finely tuned ear. You learn to listen carefully and act before the situation gets out of control.

If you are new to wheezing/breathing difficulties and asthma, don't fool around. Get to the doctor or hospital immediately.

My Experience With Buteyko Breathing

I still have it ingrained in my mind that if the runny nose can be stopped, everything will get better. Diphenhydramine HCL is the active ingredient in Benadryl. I had to pull the label completely off before I could find the dosage information, it was on the most obscure part of the label. Then my husband remembered Buteyko breathing. Our trainer taught us to avoid hyperventilating while cycling, using this method of breathing. She said it was also good for treating asthma. I couldn't believe my husband remembered what to do.

After doing the Buteyko breathing steps, we were amazed. The results were immediate. This method of breathing helps you to train yourself to breathe through your nose. Once you reduce the rate of breathing, the amount of CO2 increases and relaxes the spasms in your lungs When muscles are relaxed they absorb oxygen better. (By definition asthma is the muscle spasms of the tiniest air sacs in the lungs. Muscle spasms prevent the absorption of oxygen.) Currently, my son has no wheezing and is nearly asleep. Buteyko breathing certainly came to the rescue for my son tonight.

Shortly after learning about Buteyko breathing I ran a 5K. As I was rounding a bend there was a lady bent over crying. I stopped, she was having trouble breathing and had used her inhaler and still couldn't breathe. I told her about the Buteyko technique and demonstrated. As we walked we did this form of deep breathing. In no time she was able to breathe and started running again. She was very happy.

One Year Later

Yesterday was the first day of spring. I have a terrible cold. Buteyko breathing helps you breathe when you have a cold too. At the first sign of what I call the "Dry asthma cough," I began to intentionally slow my breathing. Follow Buteyko breathing, exhale, hold, inhale deeply through the nose for as long as you can. While doing this hold your nostrils open. Repeat until the dry cough is gone. Usually, two or three cycles of this technique will stop the cough. Once you are breathing well, relax; enjoy breathing.

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Identify Your Asthma Triggers

Years ago, I thought, "If this kid's runny nose would just stop running he won't have an asthma attack." The advice nurse always agreed. She would tell me to give the boy a cold remedy for children that was orange. They were specific about it being the orange medicine. Son # 1 would go immediately into an acute asthma attack. Off to the emergency room, minutes away. I am ashamed to say I took the advice nurses suggestions for at least 3 years. Then I read an article about yellow #5 being an asthma trigger. It seems like yellow #5 is in everything: cold medicine, jelly beans, even Gatorade. We changed cold medication and went to a pediatric pulmonary specialist. He was able to help us control our son's asthma and taught us some skills to handle our son's drama.

Finding the allergy triggers for your family is important. Yellow number #5 wasn't a problem for us until the nose was runny; then it was a big problem. We also discovered cottonwood trees and mold under the rim of the shower was a trigger. We switched to a purple cold medicine. the asthma attacks stopped happening every 3 weeks. They actually stretched to several years between attacks. We also left behind the Cottonwood trees the boy was allergic to when we moved. Our new home, in the town where I lived during high school, had allergies that gave my husband difficulty, but not my son.

Learning your asthma triggers it helps if you avoid or manage them. Research in the past few years is turning away from the idea that you must stay away from your triggers completely. Now the thinking is that our environments are too sanitized. With two Border Collies and a large dusty backyard, this isn't our problem. Still, every time someone in the family has allergies I start cleaning. Except tonight, we are extremely clean after a party yesterday. So, here we are, Sunday night everyone's nose is dripping from allergies. Aaron is wheezing, We know our triggers are high and nobody wants to drive 25 miles to hear the ER doctor say, "You have allergies/asthma. You should have an inhaler."

"I already know that," says my bad attitude.

Our local Fire Fighters sponsor a 5K run which begins in this beautiful location. It was just below this area I met the lady who couldn't breathe.
Our local Fire Fighters sponsor a 5K run which begins in this beautiful location. It was just below this area I met the lady who couldn't breathe. | Source

Warning

Difficulty breathing should never be treated casually, This method of controlling asthma should be used before an asthma attack begins. Buteyko breathing can be used on the way to the hospital, but never in as a stand alone solution in the midst of breathing crisis. This is especially important to remember if you have never experienced asthma before.

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      sfshine 5 years ago from Michigan

      Putting some warm compression like, warming hands over the stove and putting over the chest for couple of minutes will stop the cough. Do it for about ten minutes. It works like a magic in stoping the dry cough that does not want to go away.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      What a great idea. I noticed you're in Michigan. What on earth are you doing up so early. Hubbing? Read my Hub about Heather House in Marine City Michigan it is a wonderful place.

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      What a great tips! I suffered from asthma since childhood but as I get older, it becomes lesser as I know now how to handle my allergies that causes me coughing and wheezing. Thanks for sharing.

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      Holle Abee 5 years ago from Georgia

      My daughter has asthma, so I'm going to direct her to this excellent hub. Thanks, and voted up!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Habee, Thank you for tipping your daughter off to my hub. All readers are welcome. This Buteyko Breathing really amazed me.

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      frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

      Have heard of the Buteyko breathing but was not familiar with it's specific instructions. I have seen a particular acupressure method work on asthma in a couple of minutes. On each side of the back spine about two inches below the neck,(on an adult) place two or three finger-knuckles on either side of spine and press forward hard for up to 30-40 seconds. You should be able to hear the breathing relax. This may give a severe spasm enough relief to deeply inhale the medication needed. A repeat acupressure may be done if relief is not sufficient. The relief may or may not last for several minutes, so this is more an emergency measure than long term help.

      Thank you for information on your own trigger knowledge and your ability to realistically deal with the problem.

      Voted up and useful, and it was indeed helpful!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Frogyfish, Delighted to meet you. Will use the acupressure method next time we have trouble. Learning about acupressure helped, when my husband was in excruciating pain, a few years back.

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      North Wind 5 years ago from The World (for now)

      I have suffered with allergies all my life. I was aware about the coloring causing an allergic reaction because when I was a child my doctor took me off the boxed orange juice and Cheetos. The coloring caused me to sneeze. Today, I can eat them but I cannot even smell banana soda because I am still allergic to that particular coloring.

      Like you I am in tune to wheezing. I hate when it happens and I can tell when it could become an attack. I will definitely try this breathing method. I usually heat water and place mentholated crystals in it and deeply inhale. I also drink ginger tea. They both give a significant relief but the wheezing never completely goes away. It just lessens.

      Thanks for the tip about the breathing - I'll be sure to try it the next time it is needed!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      North Wind,

      Thank you, I love alternatives to inhalers. Not just because they are expensive, but the ultimate harm they do to your lungs. I have been practicing

      Butekyo and I think it is helping with my swimming

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      pedrn44 5 years ago from New Berlin Wisconsin

      very interesting. My daughter had asthma for many years and now understands her triggers (I vacuum like crazy to get rid of the cat hair before she gets here!!) She avoids her inhaler as much as possible. I will have her read this. Thank you:)

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for stopping by pedrn44. The amazing thing about this breathing is my husband had it explained once and remember how.

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      Ronnie Sowell 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Interesting hub. I had asthma as a kid but seem to have grown out of it. I will try to remember this if it comes back. Great job!

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      jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

      Great informative hub! I'll have to try buteyko breathing next time an asthma occurs to anybody I know. My child used to have asthma when he was in grade school. However it has not recurred now that he is an adult.Thank God!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Voted up and useful!

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      mistifields 5 years ago

      I was unaware of any other treatment. Interesting hub.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Thanks for stopping by mistifields.

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      Sam 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Well written and informative. I have asthma @ 68 years old. Was first diagnosed in 1999. Have more trouble with excursion than with triggers. Voted up, useful and interesting...

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      samsons 1- Thank you for your kind words. I have found this breathing useful for helping with a cold also.

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Thank you for very useful information. Asthma is definitely triggered by allergies, but I had never thought of breathing differently as a way of dealing with it. I plan to learn more about Buteyko breathing!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Vespawoolf- Thank you for following me. I have been practicing this breathing and it has done wonders for me.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      This is a great hub, I happen to have asthma, sometimes I can't afford to get my medication all the time, this is great for me to know. Thank you! Voted up!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Dancilla- Great to meet you.

      Glad to be of help.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      This is great. I have wheezing too. Any dust or a bout of cold and I start to wheeze. Will try this, sounds good and effective. Voted up.

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Welcome Vellur,

      Be sure to watch the video and how the people hold their noses. This is especially helpful if your nose is stuffy.

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      johnakc 5 years ago from New Delhi

      Great Article, Great Information and Great Hub.

      I didn't knew so much about asthma but after reading your hub now I have some awareness about asthma.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      I had asthma for years, then it stopped many years ago. Then, 2 years ago it started again and I have some lung disease and resistant infections. I think the breathing exercise is very helpful and I will use it. Your hub is very useful with great information.

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      Ruth McCollum 5 years ago from Lake Oswego, Oregon

      Very informative.I suffer severe allergies and my younger brother,went blue after playing and almost died.that was years ago.A few years later he was run over by a car and passed on. He had bad allergies. We ALWAYS had an inhaler ,in caSE HE NEEDED IT OR NOT.THE COST OF A DR'S REFILL IS WAY CHEAPER THAN THE E.R. AND I THINK YOUR BREATHING TECHNIQUE sounds hopeful! Sorry my caps button stuck. great hub thankyou

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      Rusti- Thank you for stopping. Now that allergy season is in full swing I have been doing this often.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Tireless, thanks for the information. I have mild asthma and will try this when it kicks up. Up and useful!

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      Judy Specht 5 years ago from California

      mollymeadows- Thanks for stopping. We had an opportunity to use it last night and it works. The one thing it doesn't do is stop drippy noses :)

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      jmwert04 4 years ago

      My boyfriend has allergy related asthma, but refuses to get rid of our cat. He uses an inhaler but it doesn't always seem to work, so I just mentioned the breathing you wrote about. Thank you so much, I hope it works!!!

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      cancertips9 4 years ago from Visakhapatnam

      thanks for the information!

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      Joe Njenga 4 years ago from Nairobi Kenya

      Very useful, Allergy related to the respiratory system have always been a serious concern to me. I am grateful for this awesome hub.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      afriqnet- Running a 5K yesterday I taught a lady to do this. It helped both of us.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Cancertips9- Your name in intrigues me. Can't wait until you have written a hub. Good luck and welcome to HubPages.

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      Brandon Martin 4 years ago from Colorado, USA

      I should try this! My asthma acts up bad when my allergies do! Thank you!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Brandon Martin- Thanks for visiting. It really works. But remember to hold the bridge of your nose open when you inhale.

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      ESPeck1919 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Y'know, I've had a Buteyko VHS tape sitting by my television for a number of years now, and have never bothered watching it. I've also had asthma for 20+ years, so I understand completely when you mention knowing your and your families triggers and symptoms. I've been managing my asthma for over 10 years now through trigger management, diet, aromatherapy and some yogic breathing, but I think I'll finally break down and take a gander at Buteyko as well now.

      Nicely done!

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      ESPeck1919- Grand story. When you are supposed to do something the prompts keep coming around, don't they:)

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      ESPeck1919 4 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Thank you! And yes, indeed they do. :)

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      molometer 4 years ago

      Very interesting and useful information. I had Asthma for a few years and it can be very distressing indeed.

      I had to use an inhaler for a time. Thankfully my allergic wheezing cleared up and now I live fine without an inhaler.

      Voted up

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      molometer, how fortunate you are to have be rid of the wheezing. Thanks for visiting.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      My cousin suffers from asthma, too. I think it's due to her smoking habits. Anyway, keep the habit of relaxed breathing. Thanks for this very insightful hub. Voted up!

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      Peter 4 years ago from Australia

      Thanks for this great information I have a mild asthma and I will keep this method in my memory bank!

      Shared out:-)

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      Diana23 4 years ago

      Omg thank you so much for posting this!!! I was just having a wheezing attack right now and don't have my inhaler at hand so I goggled to see if I could find any remedy and your post came up!!! Thank you very very much, I just tried it right now and I cannot believe how fast it worked!!! If it hadn't been for your post I would probably have had to go to the hospital. God bless you and your family!!! ;)

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      agyulpes- greetings

      Diana 23- I am thrilled this was so helpful. Blessings.

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      sacramentobbroker 4 years ago

      Thank you for this very informative and helpful hub. Voting up all the way.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      After reading this hub, I have used this breathing method repeatedly and found it to be very effective!! Thank you so much!!

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      Vanderleelie 4 years ago from New Brunswick, Canada

      Thank you for describing this technique. I suffered from asthma in the past, but have been able to eliminate it with dietary changes - avoiding dairy and eggs. This exercise will be helpful to anyone who wants to stop using an inhaler and is in the process of gradually reducing medication levels.

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      subscribing 4 years ago

      Cool hub. Nice work.

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      PADMENDRA S R 4 years ago from DELHI/NCR

      Very useful for the people suffering out of this.

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      Joseph G Caldwell 4 years ago from southwest Pennsylvania

      Interesting hub. I didn't know about Buteyko breathing. I've managed to stay off my inhaler by eating an anti-inflammatory diet which means no processed foods, lots of Omega 3's, reduced Omega 6 fats, anti-inflammatory herbs/spices/herbal teas: turmeric, garlic, cloves, ginger, green tea, licorice root, eucalyptus, licorice root, mullein, peppermint, etc.

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      jakta 4 years ago

      My mother is suffering from asthama..i am gonna show this article to her..

      Thanks for the lovely hub..

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      jakta- its so very easy to do with so many good side effects. Blessings

      Joseph- I need to increase my Omega 3's and tisanes what you wrote is also amazingly good for cancer.

      padmendre- Greetings. This also works for bicyclist to avoid hyperventilation. Thanks for stopping.

      subscribing- Thanks for stopping

      Vanderleeli -Always amazed at how dietary changes make such a difference, but the do.

      Vespawolf- Nice to see you. I use it regularly. Glad it has been helpful.

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      Joseph G Caldwell 4 years ago from southwest Pennsylvania

      Thank you Tirelesstraveler.

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      Ashish Joshi 4 years ago from India

      very useful indeed...I'm a doctor by proffesion...didn't know about it at all...thank you so much for this...indirectly, you have helped a lot.

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      Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

      One of the best advice hubs that I have ever read on HubPages....my nephew suffers from asthma and I will be sure to e-mail this link. Voted up and very very useful. Job well done.

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      William Benner 4 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Great hub for wh0 suffer from this condition! Voted up!

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      You've included a LOT of useful information in this hub. Sharing your knowledge is sure to help others! First-hand experience is the best, as you pointed out with your experience with the nurse's suggestion, sometimes you wonder what the medical profession really knows!!

      I came across this hub as it is listed in Hot Hubs...don't know for how long since Hot Hubs is like Hub Scores, up and down...but it is there now! (: phdast is the one who told me about Hot Hubs.)

      Voted up, useful and interesting.

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      Peter Geekie 4 years ago from Sittingbourne

      Dear tirelesstraveler

      Thank you for a well researched and informative article. My wife is an asthma sufferer from time to time but hates using inhalers.

      Kind regards Peter

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Peter Geekie- Thanks for stopping. I use this and it works nicely.

      Tillsontitan- Wow, Thanks for letting me know this was on Hot Hubs. I am thrilled.

      HVW- Welcome

      Cogerson- Thank you for your kind words.

      a4j- I am highly honored a doctor would praise my writing.

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      khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

      tirelesstraveler thanks for updating this precious information piece to the viewers. It is not only beneficial for the diseased but also for the ones that are seeking precautions from Asthma. Keep it up your positive work in the same way.

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      khmohsin 4 years ago from London,UK

      tirelesstraveler thanks for updating this precious information piece to the viewers. It is not only beneficial for the diseased but also for the ones that are seeking precautions from Asthma. Keep it up your positive work in the same way.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Khmohsin Greetings. I will indeed continue to pass on information that will be helpful for becoming healthy and staying healthy.

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      HL Keeley 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      This helps me breathe when I have attacks. People suggest like plants and inhaling weird crap. This is honestly the best way. The trick to Asthma is to learn how to breath differently. Sometimes though you might need to go to a doctor if this method doesn't work. Don't go looking in the garden. Go to the hospital or take your medicine!

      Great Hub! Voted up.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      HLKeeley, I am going back and highlight the part about going to the hospital. It is vital to get medical attention if you have trouble breathing with out previous difficulty.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      Paninanimate 4 years ago

      Lung expanding breathing techniques are probably worth a try. I used to have athsma and could not tolerate any of the standard medications. I finally determined that for myself 4 or 5 cups of extremely strong coffee followed by water then a hot shower was the answer.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      paninamate, Coffee works indeed. During a sleep over one of the kids started having an asthma attack. I couldn't give him drugs and he didn't want to go home so I gave him coffee. We each had a cup ;he stopped coughing and I had energy to keep track of a bunch of 10 year old boys.

      Thanks for reminding me of this alternative.

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      Venugopaal 4 years ago from India

      Thanks for sharing it. It help very much for an asthma patient. http://complete-healthcare.blogspot.com/

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      John MacNab 4 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

      Thank you tirelesstraveler. An excellent hub. I've had asthma since I was 3 and I couldn't live a normal life until we discovered inhalers. There was one doctor in a 'new' town who said there was no such thing as asthma, so I had to buy the inhaler over the counter. After a few years when that became illegal, I went back to the Doc and it was a different one who was actually studying asthma: I was OK after that.

      Your breathing technique makes a lot of sense, and I'm going to try it the next time I reach for my Ventolin.

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      Leslie Schock 4 years ago from Tulsa, Oklahoma

      Thanks you for this information. I was aware of a breathing technique, which anyone with asthma knows is already a luxury, that would help stop an attack. Thank you for this alternative for an immediate attack. But everyone needs to understand that asthma can cause death if not treated properly.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      LEWMaxwell- Thank you . I had hoped I had made it clear that our family have been dealing with asthma for over 25 years and have experience with this. Our first son was hospitalized at 16 months. You are most certainly correct that asthma needs to be kept under control

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      securityproducts3 4 years ago

      If this works then this could possibly be the most useful Hub that I have ever read. I have struggled with asthma almost my entire life, so this could be very useful! Thanks for this great Hub!

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      KevinC9998 4 years ago

      My 19 year old suffers from asthma. This was a very informative hub which I boted up and useful, thanks Kevin

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      This breathing method is similar to what I use to teach singer's breathing to my students. I have asthma but don't have many attacks. Maybe the breathing is helping me.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      securityproducts My dad had asthma, my mother-in-law had asthma. My eldest has suffered with asthma 28 years. I can't talk him into using this, but surely wish I could. Abuterol for that long worries my. Best of luck.

      This helps with my sports breathing. When I was in college we were playing with peak flow meters. My prof was amazed that mine was so low.

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      ITcoach 4 years ago from United States

      Asthma is as big problem not only in winter as well as in the Humid and summer as well. Precautions are necessary to follow. The diseased must keep its body warm as well but to avoid smoke and humidity as well.

      So far as the Hub concerned . The nice piece of sharing about health. Agreed and voted up.

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      Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

      I'm an asthmatic and find this most interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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      Josh Bell 4 years ago

      Very interesting. Thank you

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      zoe 4 years ago

      I'm not sure if I had an asthma attack or not, but I was rushing on my bike to my boyfriends house because he was very upset, then about halfway there my chest was super tight and I couldn't breathe and my right side of my face was all numb so I didn't know what to do, I just kept riding slowly while holding my chest.it was like that for about ten or fifteen minutes. What's this mean?

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Zoe, You should call your doctor. If you don't have any insurance call your local clinic. They would be better able to advice you. Whatever the problem it sounded very scary and is worthy of investigation.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      Great article. It will definitely save the life someone you know or someone you love, who has asthma

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      Karen Metz 4 years ago from Michigan

      Very interesting! I will have to try this the next time I have an attack.

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      Anjo Bacarisas II 4 years ago from Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

      very well posted hub, great idea and very helpful.. this will help people very mcuh ...

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      Hezekiah 4 years ago from Japan

      Very interesting, I am from the UK but only suffered from Asthma after moving to live in Japan, but they have good medication, expensive but heals it without an inhaler.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      I had asthma as a child. I thought I outgrew it as a young adult. I began having problems with allergies to everything I love: tomatoes, wheats, corn, and a whole list of stuff I basically ignored. Now I'm classified with COPD. I take singular, advair, symbicort, nasonex, and proventil. I do the deep breathing with my choir classes. I will become more purposeful and follow this method to a t.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Hezekiah , Glad to hear they have good medication in Japan

      dianetrotter, Wow. That must cost a fortune. Thanks for visiting and best of luck. It's hard to sing if breathing is difficult.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 4 years ago from Fontana

      Tireless, I have good insurance - praise God. Yes, it is very difficult to sing with the discomfort in my chest.

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      yankeeintexas 4 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

      I suffer from seasonal asthma (basicly from the annual cotton harvest is west Texas) I think I will give this a try tonight when I go to bed.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Best of luck yankeeintexas. I used it this morning,

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      Chantele Cross-Jones 4 years ago from Cardiff

      I believe in controlled breathing techniques too. People rely too heavily on inhalers sometimes, so i have trained myself to be able to calm my breathing enough to gain control 90% of the time. I have very bad allergies to pollen, dust, chemicals, alsorts but they usually don't have too much of an effect on my asthma, unless I can't stop sneezing! My worst times are in the winter, the cold air automatically causes my throat to constrict and starts me wheezing, but breathing through my nose in slow deep breaths can usually help it easy and open again, I have used my inhaler only a handful of times in the past 8 years. Usually when I get a chest or throat infection and my doctor tells me I have too. This is a great treatment, interesting hub indeed!

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      Sandy Sagovia 4 years ago

      Thank you for this post, its very helpful for me as a mother, I learned organic medication for my kids.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Sandy, My pleasure to be of help.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Daisydayz glad you can be proactive with deep breathing.

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      tebo 4 years ago from New Zealand

      An interesting hub. I only recently started to feel some asthma symptoms due I think to pollen etc. I have always had mucous in my throat and wonder whether that is due to environmental triggers. This breathing technique is quite simple and does feel nice, not that I get serious asthma, but well worth trying. Thanks for the information.

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      Allan Philip 4 years ago from Toronto

      I suffered from Asthma as a kid until I reached 18 yrs. My mother used to give me tea of Anise seed. I think, I was eventually cured from drinking the tea or I just grew out of the asthma. Asthma sufferers should Google Anise Seed and check out the benefits of drinking it.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      phildazz, I will indeed check out Anise Seed. Thanks for the the tip.

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      Rosie writes 4 years ago from Virginia

      Well written and interesting article. I've never had asthma until last year, I had to get an inhaler as I couldn't breathe and was wheezing. My doctor said it was environmental (work place). I believe there is mold and the humidity is 22%. I discovered the method you described when I panicked one day as I couldn't get enough air and looked up solutions. I had read it would help in strenthening lungs as well.

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      Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      I saw my sister suffered from this illness (Ashma). Everynight she can't sleep. But now she's already coping up, what she did was to exercise (jogging) and do swimming.

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      Romel Tarroza 4 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

      I saw my sister suffered from this illness (Ashma). Everynight she can't sleep. But now she's already coping up, what she did was to exercise (jogging) and do swimming.

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Rosie, so glad that panic didn't paralyze you. Thanks for stopping in.

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