Medications to relieve shortness of breath are less expensive when ordered online, but getting your prescription can be very expensive. Even those of us who do have insurance are concerned about healthcare costs. There is little oversight or quality control at online pharmacies to ensure that you will receive a consistent product. Home remedies for shortness of breath cost far less than prescription medications. Most of them have been in use for centuries.
Black Pepper and Tea
Adding three teabags, 2 cups of water and a 1/2 tsp. black pepper in a small saucepan will make a tea that reduces bronchospasms by opening bronchial tubes. The pepper and any loose tea leaves need to be strained from the solution. Pour into a cup and drink 3 to 6 oz., depending on how labored your breathing has become. This tea tastes best iced. You may want to keep a glass of plain ice water handy, as the black pepper can burn your tongue if you did not strain the tea completely. Boil your pepper tea a quart or more at a time and store it in the refrigerator. Theophylline, the active ingredient in black tea, is a natural bronchodilator. Black pepper makes theophylline more readily available to your body.
Honey and Crystallized Ginger
Equal parts crystallized ginger, honey and garlic with lemon juice will relieve bronchial congestion. Ginger root juice and honey with fenugreek is an expectorant. This thins bronchial secretions and relieves bronchospasms, which are the source of the tight sensation during asthma attacks.
Walk It Away
A brisk walk every day can relieve shortness of breath by building endurance. Be sure to breathe through your nose with your mouth closed, pushing your abdominal muscles out as you inhale and pulling them in as you exhale. This forces you to strengthen your abdominal muscles. Each breath will be deeper and draw a greater amount of oxygen into the lungs.
Give Yourself Props
Raise the head of your bed by propping the legs with wooden blocks or books. This reduces acid reflux, which aggravates asthma symptoms and leads to brochospasms. Use a foam wedge body pillow under your mattress at the head of your bed if your bed is on casters.
Take in a slow, deep breath, making your chest expand as far as it can while you hold your breath. Breathe out, pushing air out of your lungs as you hold your breath again. Repeat, taking an even slower, longer breath each time. This will gradually increase your lung capacity.