Bronchial Spasm – Symptoms, Causes, and Natural Remedies

Updated: July 8, 2015
For some people simple chores like climbing staircase or fast paced walking can create lots of difficulty in breathing normally. This is sometimes a sign of bronchial spasm.

Bronchial spasms are common with people who are suffering from asthma. The common symptoms of bronchial spasms are coughing, heaviness and tightness in the chest or wheezing.


Kinds of Bronchial Spasm

There are two kinds of bronchial spasms – acute spasms and paradoxical spasms. In 2005 a publication by North Chicago’s Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Sciences revealed that acute spasm happens due to abrupt constriction in the lung’s muscle walls.

The acute spasm is potentially serious and it causes excessive mucus production which will further irritate or block the air passage causing difficulty in breathing. Whereas, Paradoxical bronchial spasms happens when a medicine takes to cure bronchospasm has a side effect or allergic reaction in the body making the situation worse.


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Main Causes of Bronchial Spasms

There are many things which can trigger a spasm. The most common factors that trigger spasm are dust, molds, pet hair, and pollens. But aside from these, there are also other causes of bronchial spasm that we should all be aware of:

  • Other irritants in the air such as cigarette smoke or charcoal smoke may also trigger a bronchial spasm.
  • Respiratory infections from an ongoing flu or cold can also trigger a bronchial spasm when the climate suddenly changes.
  • Any strenuous exercise or physical activity which makes a person breathe heavily can also cause to start a bronchial spasm.
  • A very strong emotional response can also cause bronchial spasm.
  • Some people may be more prone to bronchial spasms due to their hereditary.


Natural and Herbal Cures To Treat Bronchial Spasms

People can try some natural and herbal cures to avoid or to treat bronchial spasm. These natural remedies are safe and very beneficial to our health. But of course, it would always be wise to consult with a doctor if a person has some serious conditions due to bronchial spasm. Here are some natural and herbal cures to help treat bronchial spasm:


1. Breathing Pattern:

In the year 1960 Dr Konstantin Pavlovich Buteyko from Ukraine formed the theory that those who have asthma tend to over breathe and they should try to breathe less to lessen the symptoms of asthma including bronchial spasms. This therapy helps in improving the lung functions and also helps in maintaining appropriate levels of carbon dioxide as well as nitric oxide in the compounds in the lungs which are soothing in nature.

A study in the year 2009 conducted by Institute of medicinal Chemistry in Germany concluded that the Thyme herb has anti spasmodic properties as it has high amounts of Flavonoid. The effect of thyme herb was evident on tracheal muscles. This would surely be a good way for people to keep themselves healthy and away from bronchial spasm.


3. Black Cohosh:

In the year 1991 a Japanese study concluded that Black Cohosh extracts act as a spasmolytic herb. It also has mild sedative effect that tends to relax the nerves as well as the muscles. Black Cohosh herb can be consumed in the form of a tincture which would make it easier for people to take this herbal remedy.


4. Omega 3:

In the year 2003 a study conducted at Indiana University in Bloomington established that fish oil helps in reducing the chances of bronchospasm in athletes. This particular study focused on elite group of athletes as they are prone to bronchial spasms due to elongated exposure to irritants and excess inhalation of dry and cold air.


5. Quit Smoking:

A study conducted in Gorgia established that smoking increased the chances of getting bronchial spasms. Those who have asthma must quit smoking to prevent further effects of bronchial spasms.


6. Reduce Salt Intake:

In the year 2004 a study conducted by the National Collaborating Centre for Women and Children Health indicated that less salt intake showed potential improvement in pulmonary functions. Therefore people must be very particular with their food and should minimize salt intake.


7. Reduce Meat Intake:

In the year 2004 a study conducted at California’s Loma Linda University concluded that those on a vegetarian diet had lesser chances to get bronchial spasms. We all know that vegetables are good for our health. So people with bronchial spasm or related conditions we must always include vegetables in their diet and avoid meat as much as possible.


Bronchial Spasms – Symptoms, Causes, and Natural RemediesSean Franco is an online researcher and writer for Herbs Can Cure. He provides tips and information on how to live a healthy lifestyle through natural ayurvedic remediesFacebook page





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Very informative! My husband has had asthma all his life. I did not know that reducing meat intake might help. Great post, thank!


Nice post! My dad has emphysema and any little irritant will provoke a coughing fit!

Chamomile steam baths help to clear passages and calm spasms as well. I used this remedy when my boys were young.


    Hi Kathy,

    Thanks for the additional information about chamomile steam baths. 🙂


OMG!! I should probably quit smoking now. 🙁 Thanks Sean for this health tip.


    You should Herbert before its too late.

    @Sean: Thank you for this health tip and to Gera as well for having this content posted. This is indeed very helpful.



      Yes you should stop smoking now. It will not only be good for you but for people around you as well.


      You’re welcome, Jeanne. I’m glad this helps. 🙂


Thanks for offering some natural remedies and treatments. Meat and bronchial spasms? Interesting! Thanks for sharing and for raising awareness of natural ways to heal.


YAY For the cures! But a special shout out for 5 and 7. 🙂


    Hi Joanne,

    Yes, 5 and 7 are not only to prevent bronchial spasm but to keep our bodies healthy as well.


A very interesting post! A great list.




You don’t know how happy I am to have read this post. I was so sick for a month a while back with bronchial problems and now I know what to do to avaoid. Gera ur the best!

claudia lamascolo

Great information on this. I have so many allergies! I have learned alot from this post!


Hi Kristina,

Yes, it is always better to prevent than to cure. I’m glad you find my post helpful.


Thanks for this informative post, Sean and Gera for sharing it. It seems quite debilitating but I like the natural approach you use.


    Hi Ana,

    You are most welcome. The natural approach can be quite effective. 🙂

Peter W

I’ve had Bronchial Spasm all my life and it gets incredibly frustration at times, It seriously limited my ability to play some sports. Your post is very informative because I started eating more omega 3 and it definatly did help, so I’d definatly recommend that to anyone having Bronchial Spasm problems.


I didn’t know about the efeect meat has, I’m gonna try and reduce our red meat intake and see if that helps us.

Thanks for the great post.


Hi Adam. You’re right. We must really be aware of bronchial spasm.



Jan is right. Reducing red meat intake can help us improve our health. Remember to keep your diet balanced.


Yes you can try the natural remedies I shared in this post. They’re not very risky so there’s nothing to lose if you try them.


Thanks for sharing that information. Yes yoga can be very helpful as well.


Great post about asthma!Very interesting…..I am sending this article to my friend. Her 6 year old has asthma and she is always looking for more info about it. Thank you!

Samuel Joshua

Hey Sean !
I really admire and appreciate your these firm and profound tips on Bronchial Spasm.I think it is now becoming a common problem mostly due to some bad habits and polluted environment.I am sure this valuable article will help many people around the world who are facing this problem or who are into any bad habit like smoking and all.I always praise herbs because i believe that these natural medicines are more powerful and effective than any drug and it has no side effects even.So i want to tell my all those friends from this platform who are suffering from Bronchial Spasm,please go for herbal treatment except drugs.

Thank you Sean for sharing such a great,valuable,considerable,informative and elaborated content with us.

Good Luck and God Bless!!

With Regards!
Samuel Joshua


Amazing what making a few healthy dietary changes can help prevent. Reducing sodium and red meat is good advice for everyone to follow. My father suffers from asthma, and the breathing exercises you mentioned have helped him the most. Thank you for the informative post.


I know a few people with Asthma and some other breathing problems. I am not a strong believer in herbal treatmenst but I will send them this link to have a look, might be usefull to them.


Health is wealth. It’s the most important thing we need to consider especially that we can’t totally have control of the changes in our environment because of the pollutions caused by us too. Above some important guidelines that we need to understand.


Thank you for the info…my grandfather died from a disease like this.


I have been diagnosed with Bronchial Spasm. I also have Gerd (acid reflux). I found that dairy products, grains, fatty foods etc create mucous. This mucous and possibly acidic fumes from too much acid production make their way into the lungs which cause wheezing and shortness of breath. Ever since I eliminated mucous causing foods, my wheezing and shortness of breath has diminished almost completely. I still am effected by cold air outside and strenuous activity. Certain foods absolutely effect Bronchial Spasms. Try eliminating mucous causing foods.


    Steve thanks for sharing your experience about bronchial spasms. Hope this will help other people.
    Thanks for stopping by!


Grace I think it is not a good idea until the infection, at least, is over.

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