Natural Cure for Wheezing Problem | Home Remedies for Wheezing

Wheezing is referred to as high pitched whistling sound audible without auscultation by stethoscope. Partial obstruction of the bronchi and bronchioles leading to narrowing produces wheeze. Sufficient air must flow through the narrowed airway to produce the wheeze. This can be due to causes within the lumen or in the walls of the bronchi. Pressure out side the bronchi may also be responsible in some cases.

Wheeze is usually associated with lower respiratory tract infection. All wheezes are not due to asthma. Wheeze is most often due to heightened sensitivity of the pulmonary tract.

Infection of the lower respiratory passage may cause bronchial spasm in these individuals. Attack of wheezing is always preceded by a cold or acute respiratory disease. Bronchial asthma- this syndrome is caused due to increase in tracheal and bronchial response to different stimulus leading to acute, chronic or recurrent attacks of wheezing and contraction of bronchi. Airways reactivity is the main factor leading to inflammation of bronchi. Factors like viruses, smoke, pollens, allergens and triggers like exercise, emotions and change of weather determine the attack of asthma. Wheezing is usually associated with breathlessness and is usually accompanied by dry irritant cough which is aggravated especially during night.

Treatment for Wheezing

Wheezing is a serious respiratory symptom which is commonly seen in asthmatic patient and those with lower respiratory disease. Asthma is a serious respiratory disorder. Wheezing occurs usually when there is attack of asthma. Allergens are the common precipitating factors. This is caused because the airways are blocked. Bronchi contain muscles around it (the small passage ways of the lung). During the attack the muscle contract and movement of them is restricted leading to decrease in the vital capacity of the lung making difficult for air to leave the lungs resulting in wheezing.

Preventing Wheezing

  • Avoid flowers, pollens, pets and chemicals. Identify food allergy if any and avoid those foods. Keep house dust free.
  • Factors causing attack to be avoided are- irritants or other allergens (such as chemical, dust mites, drugs, addictives in food, feathers, fumes, pollutants, animal dander, molds, smoke usually of tobacco etc.).

Home Remedies for Wheezing

  • Hot fomentation is usually helpful as it increase the body’s reaction to the irritants and helps expelling them. Parts which should be fomented are chest, back and neck mostly the back part of it. Keeping your feet in hot water is also equally effective.
  • Lobelia is very useful herb for relieving wheeze. It should be made into tea and sipped slowly. It helps relax your nerves leading to stoppage of spasm. If one drinks it more rapidly it may induce vomiting.
  • Mullein oil is effective home remedy for reduction of bronchial contraction and thus relieving spasm leading to wheeze. Function of the oil is to stop cough as it removes the clog of bronchi and bronchial tubules. For consuming mullein oil one can take it with fruit juice or even water. Internal action if more effective.
  • Cayenne is also useful in case the wheezing is caused due to irritants. Cayenne helps desensitize the respiratory system to irritants and is thus helpful in preventing further attacks of wheezing.
  • For removing the congestion and dilate the contracted bronchi garlic clove is very beneficial. One should take 1 garlic clove, add it to honey (one teaspoon) and take two times daily till symptoms subside.
  • Formula for reduction of wheezing- 1/2 teaspoon of asafetida, camphor (pinch of it) and half 1/4th glass of sesame oil. They are mixed thoroughly and stored in dark glass bottle. This preparation should be applied two times daily on chest and back. This helps relieve wheeze and contraction of the muscle.
  • Equal quantity of camphor and asafetida are mixed well and pills of pea size are made and 1-2 pills taken with some hot water, 3-4 times daily.
  • Long pepper, Gooseberry and dry ginger powder all three should be taken equal in quantity in crushed form. Make them into paste. This preparation should be mixed with honey and clarified butter. This is a good preparation for those who have mild form of wheezing.
  • Congestion of the bronchi can be reduced with an effective herb called as mullein oil. Mullein oil causes the bronchi which are clogged to open and helps stop the episode of cough. Fruit juice or water both can be used as vehicle for taking this oil.


  1. AR said:

    My husband suffers from wheezing problem frequently. In spite of taking allopathic medicines, he suffers from the problem.This site was helpful and has given some tips to reduce the problem. I would be glad if you could suggest a few herbal medicines for the problem.

    February 12, 2010
  2. Salina said:

    Managing wheezing effectively

    – The principal precautionary measure to follow is that, he must avoid consuming refined and processed foods. The additives and preservatives added in them trigger an attack of wheezing / difficult respiration.

    – For a period of 1 month give him 1 tablespoon of honey on rising in the morning and before retiring to bed at night. Honey is a remarkable remedy to treat respiratory troubles.

    – During an attack, roast a few caraway seeds, crush them, and let him inhale the vapors immediately. It will afford instantaneous relief.

    – Let him avoid fried foods, sugary foods, and refined ready to eat food packets.

    – The atmosphere in which he works ought to be free of smoke.

    – I would also recommend homoeopathy to bring about a lasting and permanent cure.

    February 18, 2010
  3. H said:

    My child is 1 1/2 years old. He is suffering from wheezing problem. He frequently is down with cold. I need suggestions about the diet. What kinds of foods should be avoided and what kinds of foods are preferred.

    March 26, 2010
    • PUP said:

      Children have low immunity level. Common cold is a viral infection affecting more often than any other disease hence the name. The signs of common cold are sore throat, and nasal congestion.
      This nasal congestion may end up producing lower respiratory tract infection and asthmatic wheezing in the lungs.
      Allergens like pollens, chemical fumes, pet hairs, perfumes, smoke of tobacco must be kept away from the child.
      To boost the child’s immunity, turmeric paste with honey in milk can give good result.
      Fruits containing vitamin C, like oranges, lemon juice mixed with honey can be tried. A well balanced diet is advised.
      Avoid giving egg, cheese, and starch containing food.

      March 31, 2010
  4. TN said:

    My son is 9 years old and he is suffering from wheezing. He is very choosy about food and like curries very much. What kind of food should be avoided and what types of food should be given. Before going to school he drinks a cup of milk with an egg, is it ok? Please suggest some homemade cure for wheezing in children.

    July 11, 2010
  5. S said:

    My child is 4 years old. For the past 2 months she suffered from wheezing. She likes only yogurt rice. Can I give yogurt and rice? If not, what kind of food is suitable? During wheezing she did not take any food. For immunity can I give her any tonic? Suggest remedies for wheezing and preventive methods.

    September 3, 2010
  6. donna said:

    I suggest peppermint tea. Boil normal tea, then add about 6 pieces of regular peppermint in the hot tea and stir until it melts. Sip on it and try to inhale it at the same time. This works for ages 2 and up.

    September 4, 2010
  7. V N said:

    I am suffering from wheezing problem with high-level mucus frequently. In spite of taking allopathic medicines. my age 40 years old I lost my confident to solve this problem because I took all type of medicines like allopathic, homeopathy but failure. Further I would like to drink Orange Juice and Apple juice somebody advised to me drink this, Should I follow or not, kindly give your valuable reply. Moreover I would like solve this problem towards fruits and suitable foods. This site was helpful and has given some tips to reduce the problem. I would be glad if you could suggest a few herbal medicines for the problem

    January 1, 2011
  8. K M said:

    My granny is 83 years old and has always had a problem with wheezing, but it is now bad, she is wheezing so badly, and I do not know what to do, I have given her medication but still she is not well, please help

    February 7, 2011
  9. LMR said:

    My 9 year old daughter has recently developed wheezing and cough, only at night. She is unable to sleep throughout the night, unable to find comfortable position. Can it be triggered by stress? She is always thinking about school and trying to get good grades. I tried a few things like rubbing mixture of nutmeg, Vicks and baby oil, inhaling steam vapors, and sitting outside late at night when she can’t sleep to get some fresh air. What home remedy can you suggest?

    May 8, 2012
  10. SN said:

    One of my twin daughters has wheezing problem. She is now 3 years old. She is attending play school. Her wheezing problem subsides only after use of a nebulizer. Is there any way where she does not require using nebulizer to control her wheezing. Can you suggest me some home remedies for this.

    May 9, 2012
  11. Nes said:

    My son is 1 year and 2 months old and he is suffering from wheezing problem. He frequently is down with cold and cough. I need suggestions on what kind of foods and diet are preferred in this condition. Please suggest me some homemade cure for wheezing.

    June 6, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Most children suffer from respiratory tract infections 3 to4 times in a year. This is because, in children the immune system is not well developed. Cold and cough in most children are due to viral infection. Sometime this viral infection further deteriorates the immune level and the child becomes susceptible to secondary infections. You can give your child whatever normal food that is made at home. Preferably soups, more of liquid food, vegetables, etc. Avoid giving him cold food and cold drinks. For wheezing which is mild the suitable home remedy is a pinch of Indian gooseberry powder and 1 tsp of honey. Another remedy is ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder mixed with 1 tsp of honey. If wheezing is distressing, you should always consult the doctor.

      June 6, 2012
  12. PSN said:

    My 6 month old son has been wheezing for a month now and the doctors can’t figure out what it is. At first they thought it was asthma but it hasn’t gotten any better with many different nebulizer treatments and medications. There aren’t any allergy problems in the family and we aren’t ever around smokers.

    Also, I am nursing him and am on the Paleo diet. He is happy during the day and his oxygen level has always been good but he does not sleep at all. The poor guy cannot relax. We even weaned him off of most of his treatments to see if that would help. Do you have any suggestions for a 6 month old wheezing?

    June 12, 2012
  13. MS said:

    My brother is having this wheezing problem from past 4years and now he is using “DUOLIN ROTACAPS”. Everyday at night he gets the wheezing problem. Without taking this tablet he can’t sleep. Kindly suggest how can we reduce his wheezing problem?

    June 24, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Garlic is one of the finest home remedies for asthmatic Wheezing. Eat one to two cloves of garlic early in the morning. It helps in controlling the attacks of asthma. Even small quantity of garlic juice can be added to vegetable juice and can be consumed. Garlic removes the accumulated mucus and dilates the contracted bronchi.

      July 2, 2012
  14. SM said:

    My son is 19 years old and he has been having wheezing problem since childhood. It starts due to cold and dust etc. Nowadays it is starting when he is running or does treadmill or plays football etc. What should we do to prevent it?

    June 30, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Ask your doctor if he needs to do a test called 2 D Echo. It is echocardiogram which is useful in detecting any heart valve abnormalities. Sometime the patient may complain of exertion dyspnea (breathlessness) when there is small valvular lesion in the heart. If it is only due to Asthma, the best thing is he should avoid exertion and strenuous physical work. Chewing one or two cloves of garlic is known to control asthma attack.

      July 11, 2012
  15. JT said:

    I have 2 daughters aged 6 and 3. My elder daughter gets wheezing recurrently during the winter and she has been advised to use seroflow inhalers regularly throughout the winter. What may be the side effects of this and what are the side effects of using nebulisation?

    July 21, 2012
  16. DRS said:

    I have a five year old daughter and she suffers frequently from wheezing especially in summer. We give her nebulization whenever she has wheezing. Is there any permanent solution for this? I can’t see my daughter suffering from wheezing.

    July 30, 2012
    • PUP said:

      Children are known to suffer from frequent respiratory problems, especially children from 1 year to five or six years. This is because they do not have a well developed immune system, slightest infection even if a viral can affect the airways and lungs leading to cough, wheezing and mucus in respiratory tract. However, as the child grows this problem usually start to disappear. Wait for few months and most probably your daughter will have lesser episodes of wheezing as her immune system becomes stronger with growing age. Turmeric is beneficial for respiratory problems. Take a pinch of turmeric powder and mix one teaspoon on honey. Give this mixture daily in the morning. Or you can mix pinch of turmeric powder in a cup of warm milk. Let her drink this milk regularly once in a day.

      July 31, 2012
  17. WK said:

    My seven year old son is suffering from wheezing problem since he was 3 years. I have started homeopathic medicine since 3 months. I was told that my son is allergic to milk and so I have stopped it since 3 months. Still there is no improvement and he has wheezing all the time. slight dust, smoke , or even walking by past some pets in the neighborhood, causes him to bring up mucus, sneeze and wheeze with cough. He usually has to take a ventolin puff, or claratine. He also has autistic traits. T becomes difficult to handle him. What should I do?

    November 7, 2012
    • PUP said:

      There may be some type of allergy, it is difficult to tell unless he undergoes specific allergy test. Homeopathy medicine may often take time to act. Secondly, the immunity in children is not fully developed. Avoiding the triggering factors such as dust, milk, etc may reduce the severity and intensity of the wheezing attack. To boost his immune level, give him fruits and lemon juice. They are rich in vitamin C. Peppermint tea is also valuable for relieving wheezing attacks. Avoid giving him cold food. Mix ½ tsp of cinnamon powder in 1 teaspoon of honey. Also concoction prepared from basil leaves is valuable home remedy for wheezing and cough.

      November 7, 2012
  18. CH said:

    My 3 years old daughter is suffering from wheezing problem whenever the cold season begins. Doctor told me that you can use inhaler for only 3 months. Is it good for this age children?

    November 22, 2012
    • PUP said:

      In children the immunity is not completely developed. It is in its developing stage. Winter brings virus disease of upper respiratory tract. Some children may be more vulnerable than others. Try to avoid the infection by reducing the exposure of your child with others suffering from cold and cough. Nebulizer is just like inhaler and nowadays pediatricians recommend it. It is an instrument through which the medication is administered in vaporized form. Ask your doctor if that can be used for your child. Your doctor will suggest medicine to be put in the nebulizer. Meanwhile you can give natural remedies such as a teaspoon of basil leaves juice mixed with honey.

      November 22, 2012
  19. James c said:

    I am 36year male; I smoke a lot and eat lot of yogurt and peanut butter. I eat fruity pebbles cereal. How can I stop my wheezing problem which is since 5 months?

    December 1, 2012
    • PUP said:

      The most common reason for wheezing in your case seems to be due to smoking and eating peanut butter. You have to stop smoking and eating peanut butter. Hot fomentation over chest, neck and back will help in eliminating the irritants from within the chest.
      Lobelia is a time tested herb for wheezing problems. Sip one cup of its tea in morning and evening. Sip it slowly as it may induce vomiting if taken quickly. Mullein oil is another home remedy for bronchial spasms.

      December 1, 2012

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